Setting goals for your volunteer program are key to creating successes that you can manage and celebrate.
How many of us get stuck in the day-to-day management of our volunteer programs and don’t really think about where we want to be in 6 months, 1 year or 3 years. How many of actually create a strategic plan for our departments?
It is time to consider doing this if you have not done so already.
There are many tools and resources available to read on strategic planning and setting goals but there are some key points to remember
- setting goals in not a solitary activity: you need involve others (stakeholders),
- ensure that your goals are SMART (specific, measurable, accountable, reasonable and timely)
- review your current state and know where you want to go (try a project logic model exercise)
- celebrate small milestones (tell stories, show the quantitative and qualitative data)
- know what you want to accomplish and make sure that you have the tools to do so (be reasonable)
- create an action plan with specific dates to ensure that you are moving forward (GAANT charts help)
- know who needs to be involved in the process (RACI charts help)
- get advice and talk it out, setting goals can be hard for many people especially when you are stuck
- ask for professional help if needed (having external expertise helps move activities along)
- don’t be discouraged if you get sidetracked (create a colourful chart that you can look at regularly) just get back on the path
- get out of your comfort zone and set a goal in an area of your volunteer program that you have not focussed on in the past
- talk about your path to your leadership team, let them know where you are and where you want to be (they are your voices at the top)
- finally, keep reaching and challenging yourself and your volunteer program, that is how great volunteer initiatives are born
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