Program Overview


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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.

 

VPA Team

Dr. Reeshad Dalal, Faculty Advisor

 

Current Executive Board (May 2020 - May 2021)

Mike McGraw, Director

Erin Lu, Co-Director

Alec Campbell, Client Outreach Coordinator

Alex Veerasamy, Training and Development Coordinator

 

Valued Team Members

Alexis Roman, Senior Consultant
Gabrielle Van Volkenburg, Senior Consultant
Ivey McCartney, Senior Consultant 
Jessie Cannon, Senior Consultant  
Quyen Dang, Senior Consultant
Sarah Sultzer, Senior Consultant
Shivam Nemani, Senior Consultant
Steven Zhou, Senior Consultant