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Concept Mapping for Volunteer Centers

Points of Light Foundation

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $35,000
  • Grant Period May 1, 2004–October 31, 2004
  • Location Atlanta, GA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

One of the most common approaches to volunteering is through a volunteer center. However, the real impact and effectiveness of volunteer centers at the local and national levels are unclear because each one is structured and operated differently. In 1998, the Points of Light Foundation and the Volunteer Center National Network partnered to measure the performance of volunteer centers. The two organizations are currently developing a set of evaluation tools, data collection techniques and procedures to measure the impact of 400 volunteer centers.Funding will support the assessment phase called concept mapping, an approach to evaluate efforts of volunteer centers to address four core competencies. Project goals include creating a comprehensive mapping of results for the Volunteer Network and the programs of its 400 affiliated centers; identifying the importance and comparative feasibility of measuring these results; assessing the degree of consensus among stakeholders regarding the importance of addressing these outcomes; and developing a shared evaluation framework for the network from stakeholders’ input.The Points of Light Foundation, founded in 1990, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to promoting volunteerism.