PPVEI Return On Investment

The Return on Investment in the Pikes Peak Volunteer Engagement Initative

  • An increase of thousands of pounds of food was distributed by a local food pantry through restructuring and adding supervisory volunteers.
  • A volunteer speaker’s bureau was recruited and trained for a local advocacy organization.
  • Student and adult volunteers created a donated clothing store to support other students in foster homes.
  • A pilot project was created through partnership between an organization and church to recruit mentors for kids aging out of the foster care system.



The high impact volunteer experiences of 25 organizations have informed numerous other nonprofits in our community:

  • Innovation has emerged as a key strategy in many organizations for expanding resources as well as developing a deeper reservoir of talent.
  • Executive directors, development staff, and volunteer engagement leaders are recognizing the value and impact of volunteer resources and are willing to invest staff time and money to support and develop more effective partnerships with them.
  • Corporations are joining the conversations and expanding their employee volunteer efforts.
  • Directors of Volunteer Engagement are meeting regularly to share best practices and engage in peer learning. Many are working toward their national certification in volunteer administration.
  • The work of the Initiative will continue under the leadership of our local Center for Nonprofit Excellence. The momentum will be sustained and The Leighty Foundation will be able to step into a support role.
  • Our foundation will now turn its attention to the creation of capacity building resources and funding strategies for national distribution to grant makers and organizations.