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Calculating the ROI of Your Volunteer Program – It’s Time to Turn Things Upside Down

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It’s common wisdom in the business world that “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” In this feature article, author Tony Goodrow proposes a method of measurement that gives a whole new yard stick to help demonstrate the successes of volunteer deployment in organizations: Mission Points ROI. This special method to measure return-on-investment – which is what ROI stands for – quantifies the value of your volunteers’ involvement in ways the long-popular but insufficient wage replacement value never could. Goodrow argues that this “ROI model can help you demonstrate to everyone else a much more meaningful assessment of the worth of volunteer contributions and your ability to manage resources.”