Planning for Volunteer Management
According to Volunteer Canada, planning is the first — and arguably most important — stage in the volunteer management cycle. Knowing specifically what types of volunteers you need and how your organization will capitalize on their skills will provide direction for the subsequent stages: recruitment; orientation and training; supervision and evaluation; and recognition.
Peter Drucker, the famous American management consultant, once said, “Planning is not an event.” Instead, he argues, it is a continuous process. Therefore the process of planning needs to be easy to use, flexible, relevant and valuable for the organization. If it is not these things, then likely it will be abandoned for the status quo.