Volume II, Issue 3, April 2002

Ivan's Musings
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I remember trying to recruit church volunteers for regular, one-to-one visits with jail inmates. I wasn't having much luck, until I realized that my broader, "real" or "true" goal was not one-to-one visits. It was, instead, providing healthy outside contact and influence for inmates and possibly,... Read more
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Abstract An innovative approach to raising funds burst onto the nonprofit scene a few years back.  Entitled "new philanthropy," it has enthusiastically been adopted by fundraisers wishing to raise the level of their success.  This article proposes that those responsible for enlisting volunteers... Read more
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Volunteer voices, millions of them, all speaking up and speaking out with passion about what they're doing and what they believe in. Lots of people responding to what they're hearing and giving time to volunteering for whatever they're passionate about. Now that would be something. And that's what... Read more
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If there were a Ten Commandments of Volunteer Management, one of them would surely be the statement "volunteers should supplement, not supplant, paid staff." Drilled firmly into the head of every new volunteer manager is the fact that staff support is dependent upon relieving fears of replacement... Read more
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One of the more amazing things about the Internet is the sheer amount of information that is available. While much of it is foolish, a good bit of it is the result of hard work and research. Those seriously interested in volunteerism can find an immense amount of survey research and data to examine... Read more
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This exercise utilizes a five-piece puzzle1 to provide participants with an opportunity to experience the mental and emotional complexity of change first hand and to demonstrate graphically how volunteers "fit" into an organization's resource mix. I have used this exercise countless times, always... Read more
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Professional associations for volunteer program administrators are nothing new in North America, with the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) emerging as far back as 1960 and the Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources (CAVR) established in 1972. While the rest of the world may... Read more
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  No ancient holy book mentions "volunteering" by that name, but every religion in the world encourages charity, service to others, and personal risk for one's beliefs. Here's a brief survey of how various religions preach the essence of the work we do. Despite technological advances and modern... Read more
Judy Esmond
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Australia has been a hotbed of volunteering activity for the past few years and this report is an indication of the increasing seriousness with which the Australian government is attempting to involve itself in promoting volunteering. The report was produced as part of the 2001 International Year... Read more
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For the past ten years I have been an elected official in local government. I credit my experience and education in volunteer management for my political success and think that these two worlds need to recognize how much they have in common. Volunteers actively involved in political action can be... Read more