This project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Grants Greek NGO Programme “We are all Citizens”. The Bodossaki Foundation is the Fund Operator of this Programme. The Programme aims to strengthen civil society and enhance the contribution of NGOs to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.
The Project “Volunteering: An Attitude toward Life” aims at:
- Encouraging volunteerism
- Improving volunteer administration
- Promoting a more advantageous environment for a citizens’ society in Greece
- Empowering EKPIZO’s administrative structure
- Increasing effectiveness of EKPIZO’s social contribution
- Empowering the administrative structure of other NGOs, as well as the cooperation among them
The aforementioned objective of the Project will be achieved through:
- A research on volunteer best practices
- The organisation of a volunteer department within EKPIZO
- The creation of an online platform (open-source code) on volunteer administration
- The creation of a new EKPIZO webpage
The project in question will benefit all Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) throughout:
- The results of the research on best practices concerning volunteer administration, available for implementation in order to improve best practices in handling each their own volunteers
- The online open-source code platform for volunteer administration, available to any NGO for immediate use. The platform is an online tool which will assist NGOs in better handling their volunteers and their initiatives
The project will last 1 year. Its implementation began on May 1st, 2015 and will end on April 30th, 2016.
The research on best practices in volunteer administration is being carried out by Athens University of Economics and Business, one of the Project’s partners. The research will be based as much on quantity as on quality analysis. It includes a questionnaire on best practices applied by NGOs in Greece and abroad in matters of volunteer administration. Moreover, there will be interviews on the same topic with volunteer supervisors of the most successful NGOs. The research results will be presented in a meeting and will be accessible to all.
The organisation of the Volunteer Department of EKPIZO is run by Athens University of Economics and Business. Once the research on best practices in volunteer administration is complete, EKPIZO will inaugurate a volunteer department running a model system of volunteer recruitment and handling. Then, the department will undertake pilot volunteer initiatives committed to the application of practices on volunteer administration.
The Volunteer Platform, as well as the new Webpage, is run by the NGO “Scify”. Its duration will be of 6 months. Once the online platform is installed, EKPIZO’s executives will receive training on its use.