Volume VIII, Issue 2, January 2008

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Common experience tells us the best way to sell a product is to slap a “New and Improved!” sticker on it. Everyone is looking for the magic wand that will fix their problems in one fell swoop, and the world of volunteer management is no exception. Recently it has become popular to speak about... Read more
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Editor’s Note: The following article represents the third installment in our “Sabotage” series.  You may wish to revisit the previous installments: Sabotage Part One:  The Five Lethal Factors Volunteer Managers Employ to Harm Their Programs Sabotage Part Two: How Managers of Volunteers Diminish... Read more
Editor's Note: Whatever Happened To . . . is a new feature at e-Volunteerism.  Periodically, we plan to revisit articles from past issues to see what has been happening since we first published the stories. Here we update two articles by revisiting animal contributions from the past. In... Read more
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In December 2007, Susan Ellis’ Hot Topic on the Energize Web site was “Helper Triage: Volunteer Management in Emergencies.” The topic was sparked by the aftermath of the recent oil spill in San Francisco Bay when, once again, the authorities seemed unprepared to handle spontaneous volunteers. The... Read more
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In this edition of Along the Web, we look at online periodicals that focus on volunteerism – magazine, newsletters, mailing lists, etc. While the Internet has developed some new ways of distributing information (such as the PDF file we usually highlight), many of the older materials which we... Read more
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"In our fast changing society, it is impossible for non-profits to be fully effective if they fail to include, value and benefit from the diversity of their communities, staff and boards. To do this well requires continuous learning on the part of capacity builders and the non-profits they serve... Read more
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For all sorts of legitimate and prejudicial reasons, a lot of organizations debate whether or not they want to welcome volunteers younger than age 14 (or even 16 or 18). But history provides many examples of how even the youngest of citizens made an impact by taking up a cause and working for its... Read more
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There’s been a lot of discussion about the volunteer habits of Generation Y – that slice of population born between 1981 and 1995.  Why is it that so many volunteer-involving organizations still struggle to attract this group?  In this Keyboard Roundtable, an international panel explores what it is... Read more
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More information and a copy of the research can be found at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/third_sector/ Research_and_statistics/third_sector_research/helping_out.aspx Introduction In this Research to Practice, we look at the latest survey of volunteering for England and Wales. There is a wealth... Read more