Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Volunteers

San Antonio Area Foundation

Managing a volunteer program takes strategic thinking as well as strategy. The Manager of Volunteer Resources needs to able to strategically tie the volunteer program to the goals of the nonprofit. In order to do this the Manager of Volunteer Resources needs to consider the internal and external factors facing the volunteer program. They also need to consider the outcomes and results the volunteer program will produce.

This workshop will focus on how to tie the volunteer program to the nonprofit’s goals in order to help accomplish the mission. Participants will learn to develop the basic outline of a strategic plan for your volunteer program by determining how the volunteer program fits into the overall strategic plan of the nonprofit.

If possible, participants should bring their nonprofit’s strategic plan that has a mission statement, vision statement, and priorities/goals/objectives/strategic initiatives*. 

*Please note these terms are often used interchangeably in a strategic plan.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the differences and relationships between strategic planning, strategic thinking, and operations.
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between the volunteer program and the goals of the nonprofit.
  • Construct concrete goals for the volunteer program.

Who should take this class?

  • Board members
  • Executive directors
  • Programs managers who use volunteers
  • Managers of volunteer programs

This workshop is included in our Nonprofit Management Certification series and fulfills three hours in the Managing Staff and Volunteers competency area.

Cost:  $60.00


Meet our Presenter:

Kathleen McCleskey has developed and presented workshops to over 16,000 participants.  These workshops included participants from diverse backgrounds, education, nationality and heritage.  The workshops she delivered were conducted in the United States, Egypt (USAID), Spain, Guam, Germany, Holland, Korea, Canada, Malawi (USAID), Jamaica (MIND), Japan, Thailand (USAID) and Belgium.

Kathleen is a certified strategic planner in the Cornerstone Organizational Planning© process.  Although she has conducted “how to” training in strategic planning, as well as worked with organizations in the area of strategic planning, she is now certified in this process.  The process fits exceptionally well with her philosophy of how an organization can work effectively and achieve commitment from all its members.

Kathleen has a Masters of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland. She has co-authored a book on interviewing skills and a second book on community connections.   She conducts online courses for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of North Texas. The courses include Volunteer Program Planning and Evaluation, Leadership Theory and Practice for Volunteer Managers, Volunteer Management Concepts and Applications, and Social Evolutions of Contemporary Volunteerism.   She has also developed two online continuing education courses – Are You Really Ready for Volunteers and Seven Steps to a Successful Recruitment Campaign. She lives in Liberty Hill, Texas.

REFUND/CREDIT POLICY: The San Antonio Area Foundation has a strict no refund policy.
If the registrant is not able to attend the workshop and/or class, a substitute may be sent. If a workshop and/or class has been unexpectedly cancelled and/or postponed by the Area Foundation, a refund or credit towards another workshop and/or class will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received less than 48 hours before a workshop.