Advocacy in Action: The Volunteer Management Progress Report


Guest post by Tobi Johnson, Tobi Johnson & Associates and VolunteerPro

Last year, nearly a thousand volunteer management professionals participated in the first ever Volunteer Management Progress Report survey. The resulting “state of the industry” report painted an intriguing a picture of their job structure, salary, satisfaction, and volunteer administration tactics.

Here are a few things we learned about leaders of volunteers:

  • They Are Not Paid Enough (yet) — The median salary for all was $40,000-$45,000 year. 45% of all salaries fell between $30,000 and $50,000 annually.
  • Their Pay Doesn’t Reflect Their Expertise or Job Title One might expect that annual salary would be correlated with job titles with the assumption of greater responsibility (e.g., Director versus Coordinator); however, there appears to be little correlation, except at the highest end of the salary continuum. In addition, there appears to be little correlation between professional certifications (e.g., CVA) and salary.
  • They Pay Does Reflect the Size of Their Organizations and Programs In general, higher salaries are more likely to be found in organizations with higher numbers of volunteers annually, higher organizational budgets, and higher numbers of paid staff.
  • Regardless, They Love Their Work Nearly 80% of respondents were Somewhat or Very Satisfied with their role as a volunteer program administrator/manager. On a scale of 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 5 (Strongly Agree), the average rating for this question was 4.0.
  • And, We Plan on Sticking Around! About two-thirds (67%) of respondents Somewhat or Strongly Agree that they plan to be working in the volunteer administration field three years from now.

It’s clear that more advocacy is needed, both within and outside organizations. So, this year, make your voice heard!

Join the Conversation: The 2017 Volunteer Management Progress Report

If you manage volunteers or lead a volunteer program or organization, don’t miss your chance to take this year’s survey and be the first to learn the results. 

All types and sizes of organizations (nonprofit, for-profit, government) are welcome to participate. Everyone who completes the survey will get an invite to a free, exclusive “sneak peek” webinar presented by the researchers on January 10, 2017.

Go here take the survey — The deadline is November 18, 2016.

Please help spread the word. The more people participate, the more information we have to advocate for our profession!