The Volunteer Management Cycle

The Volunteer Management Cycle, borrowed from Volunteer Canada and illustrated in the diagram below, is a useful tool for understanding how the various components of volunteer management practice are related.

Volunteer management really is a never-ending task - information and experience from one stage feed into the decisions and actions taken in the next. Experiences gained in the completion of one cycle inform the subsequent stages. Organizational attention to each aspect of volunteer management will improve your agency’s ability to recruit and retain volunteers and add to the positive experience for all involved. 

Volunteer Canada’s Volunteer Management Cycle

Volunteer Canada’s Volunteer Management Cycle

With good planning and management you will retain your current volunteers
and be ready to involve new volunteers as the cycle begins again.