Volume V, Issue 3, April 2005

This article was compiled with the help of several YouthNet staff members. Special thanks to Tom Green, Fiona Battle, and Lucja Wisniewska. YouthNet (www.youthnet.org.uk), the UK’s first “exclusively online charity,” was started in 1995 to be a trusted source of information for all young people,... Read more
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  Introduction In March 2005, a pioneering 48-hour event was held in Canberra, Australia: The 1st Australasian Retreat for Advanced Volunteer Management. The 50 participants came from all Australian mainland states and territories, plus representatives were present from New Zealand, Singapore, and... Read more
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Think about the communications methods you – and others at your organization – use with volunteers right now. Is your organization getting the information it needs about volunteers and their activities via these methods? Information such as: Their accomplishments as volunteers Their feedback on... Read more
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  For quite some time the notion of “corporate social responsibility” has been discussed and demonstrated in various ways. The concept includes many things, from producing products in environmentally-safe ways to providing family-friendly working conditions, yet our field more narrowly looks for... Read more
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Recent years have seen a plethora of new research on volunteers and volunteerism. In this issue of “Along the Web,” we’ll focus on “volunteer management infrastructure,” and examine how well prepared we are to actually work with all those volunteers who are lurking out there. The picture isn’t a... Read more
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  Introduction Nonprofit organizations everywhere are engaging in strategic discussions to discover how they can be more efficient and effective in delivering services to enhance their missions. Too often they are not thinking about the impact of proposed changes on their volunteer manpower. Or... Read more
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Over a year ago, Steve McCurley sent Susan a gift from a local library book sale. It was a copy of the 1966 novel for teens by Alice Ross Colver, Vicky Barnes, Junior Hospital Volunteer: The Story of a Candy Striper. Steve was right that Susan would like this sample of volunteering folklore. How... Read more
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As advocates for volunteers, we are generally in the position of convincing administrators and frontline paid staff to be more creative in designing work for volunteers – to involve them more. Yet there are times when an organization might consider assigning volunteers to a role or task, but... Read more
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For this edition of “Research-to-Practice,” I am re-visiting a 1999 paper published in Voluntary Action, the journal of the Institute for Volunteering Research, about the management implications for volunteer coordination based on the organisational setting in which it takes place. As a benefit to... Read more