Volume III, Issue 2, January 2003

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On a recent visit back to the United States, I heard very different opinions about volunteerism from two good friends. The first said that she will never volunteer again. "I have tried to volunteer for more organizations than I can count. I have tried to volunteer with groups that help animals,... Read more
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Introduction In the late 1990s, the Volunteer Center of Battle Creek (Michigan) worked closely with the Points of Light Foundation (POLF) and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (Kellogg) to adopt and implement the POLF “Family Matters” program http://www.pointsoflight.org/organizations/engage_families.... Read more
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Fund raising has become a subject for discussion in Italy, with the result that many have given way to the temptation of ‘imitating’ the American philanthropic model. But an unchallenged principle of logic suggests that the method be adequate to the object. In other words, if a problem is to be... Read more
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Every once in a while we run into someone from Corporate America who, upon learning that we work primarily with nonprofits, proceeds to talk about how charities should be run more like businesses. We also occasionally find the Nonprofit Executive who is certain that social problems would be cured... Read more
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One of the truly neat things about volunteering is that is allows people to make a contribution to the world in which they live. With formal volunteering this is only true, of course, to the extent that organizations allow people to volunteer, thus recognizing that ability to contribute. This issue... Read more
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  Section I: The Training Design Introduction After years of training thousands of Directors/Coordinators of Volunteer Programs, I am convinced that the ability to persuade and influence is at the heart of successful leadership of these endeavors. Many leaders of volunteer programs or groups... Read more
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When I conducted my first workshop in England in 1992, I vividly remember discussing the topic of organizational image. I asked participants how long their organizations had been operating in the community. When one response was "since the Crusades," I knew I wasn't in Kansas anymore! Even by... Read more
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    Andy Fryar, Australia (Convening Editor) One of the most enduring and controversial questions within the field of volunteerism is the one that relates to the ‘value’ of volunteers and the hours they contribute. Volunteer Program Managers, keen to demonstrate the worth of their volunteer team... Read more
Sarah Jane Rehnborg, Ph.D., Catherine K. Fallon, and Benjamin J. Hinerfeld
While the general public recognizes the volunteer labor force as the backbone of the nonprofit sector, fewer realize that 25 to 30% of volunteer efforts are directed towards public sector service. 1 Part of a growing body of research on volunteers in the public sector, “Investing in Volunteerism:... Read more
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Tired of trying to get your group members motivated to help build membership? We have found that you have to make membership campaigns easy, rewarding and fun. The following examples profile several General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) -- http://www.gfwc.org -- membership-building strategies... Read more