The Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA) provides consulting services to nonprofit volunteer programs across the United States and Canada. VPA consultants are graduate students and faculty from five universities who volunteer their time to work one-on-one with leaders of volunteers. VPA was established with the help of funding from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which continues to provide financial support for volunteer programs – within the animal welfare sector and beyond – to receive VPA at no cost. Currently, VPA is seeking to expand its outreach efforts and diversify its nonprofit client base.
In this e-Volunteerism feature, four authors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte provide a brief history of VPA, an overview of the process, and a summary of its success to date. Based on normative data from over 100 nonprofits, the authors describe three common areas for improvement among volunteer programs. They also provide additional information for those interested in participating in VPA.