The following is cross-posted from Compassion Takes Action, the blog at The Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago, where I currently work as an Americorps VISTA
Our latest workshop, the Excellence in Volunteer Management Training Series brought volunteer managers and nonprofit professional from all over the region to The Volunteer Center. One of the main points that seemed to stand out to attendees was that successful volunteer management can really be broken down into five essential elements. These five different elements are all essential components of the whole, and by looking at each element separately, volunteer managers can identify how to make their program as successful as possible.
For new volunteer managers, or those looking to improve their programs, these five essential elements are the following: