Application: Volunteer Plans

Application: Volunteer Plans

Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

DUE SUNDAY 6pm New York Time 2-3 APA FORMAT

There is certainly more to the volunteer component of an NPO than recruitment. Of course, finding appropriate volunteers is important and often time-consuming. Beyond recruitment, however, a plan for preparing, managing, and retaining volunteers is necessary. Since NPOs depend on volunteers to get the job done, you will want to retain the volunteers you have, which includes keeping them motivated, supporting them, and acknowledging them. In addition, the work performed by volunteers must be evaluated. Developing a volunteer plan will enhance your efforts to effectively manage and retain volunteers who are vital to your organization. In this Application Assignment, you will create a plan for how you will recruit, support, motivate, manage, and evaluate the volunteers for your Final Project NPO.

To prepare for this assignment:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources, focusing on the importance of volunteers and staff within NPOs.
  • Consider the mission and goals of the NPO you are creating for the Final Project.
  • Think about what kinds of volunteers you would require to meet those goals.
  • Think about how you would recruit, support, motivate, manage, and evaluate the volunteers in your organization.

The assignment: (2–3 pages)

  • Create a simple volunteer plan for your NPO.
  • Describe the roles volunteers would play in the NPO you would create.
  • Briefly explain how you plan to
    • recruit,
    • support,
    • motivate,
    • manage, and
    • evaluate your volunteers.



  • Course Text: The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Management
    • Chapter 13, “Your People and Their Environment”
  • Course Text: Managing the Nonprofit Organization
    • Part 4, “People and Relationships”

    Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list only for those resources not included in the Learning Resources for this course.

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