How to Set and Achieve Volunteer Participation Goals

Oct 7, 2016 1:56:00 PM / by Saumya Bhatnagar

Set and Achieve Volunteer Participation Goals

This post is part of The Ultimate Guide to Corporate Volunteering

Setting volunteer participation goals is getting more and more important as volunteering is getting bigger; the age of millennials popularized it again, so doing a good deed and investing your time and effort in order to contribute to a cause is considered trendy now. However, volunteering organizations don’t always function properly – most of them are not used to having a significant workforce at their disposal, so most of the work they are able to organize doesn’t go further than the superficial level.

In order to actually make a difference, these establishments need to restructure their internal organization. For that to happen, it is necessary to start from developing a volunteer participation strategy.

Plan your Volunteer Participation Goals Ahead of Time

Considering this change of pace and the fact that volunteers want to make the world a better place, establishments that are fighting for a particular cause need to provide them with leadership. Therefore, in order to actually achieve something, you need to develop a strategy with clearly defined objectives.

Assign Roles for setting Volunteer Participation Goals

For those objectives to be achieved, every volunteer at your disposal needs to be familiar with the bigger picture, but also to know exactly what is their purpose. Trying to direct a large team with the same instructions simply won’t work here.

So, you need to do some work on your infrastructure and split your teams into groups which will be working to accomplish certain goals. Naturally, each group needs to have a leader so that each team member can access any type of information or instructions in a short time period.

Avoid Over-Extending Volunteer Participation Goals

Because of the sudden popularity of volunteerism, volunteer organizations are being overloaded with new members. This kind of problem needs to be dealt with; any establishment fighting for a cause will function a lot better without an extra crowd that doesn’t have a purpose.

If something like this occurs within your building, you should simply direct the new arrivals to another organization instead. They can be much more useful someplace else, especially if the alternative is for them to sit around with nothing to do.

Measure Volunteer Participation Goals Regularly

And finally, in order to know what objectives you set are achieved, you need to invest constant efforts into measuring progress. In regular time intervals – depending on how hectic your office is – you need to look back and evaluate. With constant progress reports, you’ll be able to know whether your organization is achieving volunteer participation goals.

If your volunteer establishment isn’t functioning properly and you’re not sure why, answering the following question will help – which one of these four steps aren’t you applying to your business model? If you stick to the timeline we just outlined, I’m sure that you’ll be able to see significant progress very soon.

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Topics: Corporate Social Responsibility, Employee Engagement

Saumya Bhatnagar

Written by Saumya Bhatnagar

Saumya is InvolveSoft's CTO and a serial entrepreneur. Passionate about helping #womenintech, Saumya helps drive the direction and culture of the company.