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VIP 360: Comprehensively Improves your Organization's Ability to Effectively Engage Volunteers

Note: VIP 360 is now offered every two years. The next cohort will launch February 2017.

The United Way Volunteer Impact Partnership 360 (VIP 360) is a comprehensive planning program designed to help organizations more effectively recruit, engage and retain high-value volunteers. Developed by United Way of King County and 501 Commons, and now in its 6th year, VIP 360 is a free program that provides more than $15,000 in capacity building services to strengthen your organization's ability to deliver its mission by effectively engaging volunteers.

The program incorporates the following elements:

When does it start? VIP 360 lasts four months from February to May. Organizations that successfully complete the planning process can access up to $5,000 of additional consulting services in support of their action plans through December.

Does VIP 360 work? The 86 organizations that have participated in VIP 360 attest to advancements in their volunteer engagement practices as a result of this effort.

VIP gave us a chance to step back and evaluate our program and really assess where our strengths and weaknesses were in regards to volunteering. Through the individualized support of our consultants, we were able to identify the exact steps we need to take to make volunteering at our organization more beneficial to both us as an organization and to our volunteers.
--Sarah Robinson, Harrington House

Staff look forward to the volunteers now, and realize how much extra time they have between clients when volunteers help during sessions.
--Leslie Whitmarsh, Dynamic Partners

The plans don't get put on a shelf to gather dust. 9 months after the program organizations on average have implemented about 70% of their 18-month plan. 
Read testimonials from past participant organizations

Who is eligible? VIP 360 is designed for 14 human services and education organizations within King County with the following qualifications:

  • A 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored organization
  • A three-year operating history
  • An active board that meets regularly
  • Two full-time paid staff who will participate fully in the planning process
  • A minimum annual budget of $200,000

Getting started. To ensure that the action plan developed during VIP 360 has broad support, at least three people (two of whom must be full-time, paid staff) from each organization must be involved in the program. The group, or Volunteer Leadership Team, participating in VIP 360 should include:

  • The staff member with primary responsibility for volunteer management; and
  • The executive director or senior manager who supervises the volunteer manager and can make significant resource and program decisions; and
  • A board member, additional staff member or a volunteer in a significant role with the volunteer program.

Note: If the executive director is not a member of the team, he or she must attend a two-hour training session and be involved in creating and reviewing the action plan.

The commitment. Each member of the Volunteer Leadership Team can expect to spend approximately 6-8 hours per month throughout the 4-month planning process. This includes completing an assessment of the organization's volunteer program, attending planning meetings facilitated by the consultants, reviewing reports developed by the consultants and participating in cohort meetings and training sessions.

Organizations will complete the planning process with a 12-18 month tactical plan designed to improve their organization's ability to effectively engage volunteers. Organizations are expected to implement these plans in the 12-18 months following the planning process.

Additional Benefits: Once you complete your program year you will be eligible for additional benefits just for VIP alum organizations. Benefits have included additional capacity building grants, small grants to support group volunteer projects and preferred status for some corporate volulnteer opportunities. 

Application:  Applications for 2017 are due December 31, 2016. Contact us at VIP@uwkc.org if you would like to learn more or be considered for the 2017 cohort.

Learn more about the Volunteer Impact Partnership effort overall and VIP 360

Questions? Contact us at VIP@uwkc.org

Interested in volunteering as a consultant with VIP 360? Email Gwyn Howard

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