Program Overview



The Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA) is a cutting-edge, innovative, and completely free volunteer assessment system for nonprofits. Designed to promote organizational effectiveness, VPA consultants work with volunteer coordinators to develop online surveys to administer to their volunteers. The survey provides information on individual and organizational outcomes such as employee satisfaction, burnout, communication, and commitment. The survey also evaluates volunteer perceptions regarding the nonprofit’s greatest strengths and weaknesses. VPA consultants provide guidance to volunteer coordinators every step of the way, maintaining a tentative timeline and helping to interpret the survey results. VPA consultants then present tailored recommendations for improvement to volunteer coordinators and a comprehensive report with findings from the survey.

VPA was initially developed as a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Humane Society of the United States. VPA at George Mason University is run by industrial-organizational psychology graduate students and faculty who are passionate about giving back to the community.


Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Reeshad Dalal


Senior Consultants

Kayla Pomeranz, Student Coordinator

Malyn Pope, Client Outreach Coordinator

Sam Robinson, Training and Development Coordinator

Christian Dobbins

Tim Burgoyne

Yingyi Chang

MJ Kolze


Junior Consultants

Melissa Stiksma

Mitchell Pontikes

Cory Moore

Katie Guarino

Wenmo Kong

Jalyn Gatling

Alex Nydick

Semret Yibass

Haixen Chen

Katelyn McCoy

Marjani Edwards

Jenna Eagleson

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