VPA was originally developed in a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and The Humane Society of the United States. Since the inception of VPA in 2009, the VPA has been administered to nearly 1000 different organizations and has grown to encompass eight different university partners. The VPA is an online survey provided to volunteer coordinators to administer to their volunteers. The information collected from the survey speaks to a variety of individual and organizational outcomes. The VPA is built on the findings of a survey of 70 different volunteer programs that was funded by a grant from the Humane Society of the United States. Based on that large-scale survey, the VPA team identified key drivers for volunteer engagement and commitment. All of the questions and scales on the VPA survey come from published research. To learn more about which organizations we have worked with, please read more about our clients here.
The VPA’s overarching vision is to help nonprofit leaders understand the strengths and weaknesses of their volunteer program, from the perspective of their volunteers, and provide insights into the strategic management of their volunteer resources. VPA strives to support the nonprofit community by providing scholarships for free volunteer assessment services that might otherwise be unavailable to nonprofit organizations and their leaders. To learn more about our past clients’ experiences with VPA, please visit our client testimonials page.