Phases

Introduction phase for the volunteers and the nonprofit management:

A strong, cohesive team , with a good understanding of each other ‘s expectations, will be anefficient team. Therefore it is important to have a in-depth explanation of the staff and the organization’s vision , strategy and programs to the volunteer as well as a good introduction of the volunteer to the  nonprofit organization’s team.

Execution phase:

The execution phase is to monitor all facets of the project to proactively address potential challenges. The project manager  - part of the staff of the nonprofit organization- is the leader of the execution phase. Based on the documents established together with the volunteer (e.g. work plan, timeline) the project manager will ensure that project participants are meeting deadlines and working collectively to reach the expected results.

Ending phase and conclusion:

As explained in the “Evaluation” section,  the completion of any volunteer project  will be a thorough evaluation. But not only. The project manager should spend time with the nonprofit staff and volunteers discussing the impact of the project, reviewing successes/failures and learningsto improve the next experience/project. It is also a moment to collect information to celebrate and recognize the work of the volunteer as explained further  in the “Recognition and Celebration “ section.

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