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Outreach to Nonprofit Volunteer Programs: Opportunity for Impact, Improving Graduate Education, and an Invitation to Become a Part of the Volunteer Program Assessment Jessie L. Olien, Alexandra M. Dunn, Erika C. Lopina, and Steven G. Rogelberg University of North Carolina at Charlotte Author’s Note: Please refer any ques- tions/comments to Jessie Olien, Colvard 3027-G 9201 University City Blvd. Char- lotte, NC 28223. Correspondence may also be sent via electronic mail jolien@uncc.edu. the volunteers. The VPA survey provides organizational leaders with information regarding their volunteers’ perceptions of: (a) their volunteer organization, (b) their volunteer work, (c) their interper- sonal relationships, and (d) their organ- izational constraints. A complete list of Nonprofit organizations, tasked with the dimensions captured with the VPA improving the quality of life both within survey can be downloaded here. The our national borders and abroad, can VPA survey also includes a qualitative benefit enormously from the skills and component, in which volunteers provide knowledge of organizational scientists information regarding perceptions of (Berry et al., 2011). The University of their volunteer program’s greatest North Carolina at Charlotte’s Volunteer strengths and areas for growth. To- Program Assessment (VPA; pronounced gether, these quantitative and qualita- vee-pah) offers nonprofit organizational tive data give nonprofit organizational leaders a “helping hand” by giving them leaders a snapshot of the current health access to the skills and expertise of of their volunteer program. graduate students and faculty. Specifi- cally, to facilitate organizational effec- The primary goal of VPA is to promote tiveness, VPA provides nonprofit organi- nonprofit organizational effectiveness zations with volunteer program assess- through the collection of volunteer atti- ment services at no cost. tude, perception, and engagement data so that volunteer management pro- The VPA assessment focuses on evaluat- grams can be better leveraged and more ing and understanding a key stakeholder impactful. At the same time, VPA cre- group that can sometimes be over- ates a context that engenders graduate looked within nonprofit organizations: student outreach and service learning. The Industrial Organizational Psychologist 51