Volume VIII, Issue 4, July 2008

Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker
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Editor’s Note:  Have you ever wondered what grantmakers and foundations look for when considering whether or not to give money to your group? In this excerpt from Chapter 4 of Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker, leading philanthropist Bill Somerville and writer Fred... Read more
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Most of us are no doubt acquainted with the pre-formatted, volunteer position descriptions that clearly outline the specific needs of an organization. Each includes a volunteer title, purpose to the position, scope of the work, location and qualifications. The format is also one that potential... Read more
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How do you manage volunteers who don’t choose to be there, who volunteer because they have to after often being “bullied” into service? In other words, how do you manage the non-volunteer volunteer? I recently received the following letter, where the author presents some tough questions when it... Read more
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Every four years, the local organizing committee of either the Summer or Winter Olympics faces the challenge of recruiting and deploying thousands of volunteers in support of the massive event. And every four years, the Olympic committee seems to reinvent the system from scratch. Various news items... Read more
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This edition of Along the Web is a compilation of some of the more interesting material on volunteer involvement that we have encountered during the first half of 2008.  Among the listing are items on background screening of volunteers, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) volunteers,... Read more
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PDF Version with Handouts Rationale: In the United States, close to 80 percent of registered nonprofits have revenues of under $100,000.1  In Australia, most of the nearly 700,000 nonprofit organizations are small and entirely dependent on the voluntary commitment of members, with only 5 percent of... Read more
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International youth exchange programs have been around for as long as most of us can remember, arranging for teenagers to spend time in a foreign country living with volunteer “host families.” Scores of countries are engaged in this sort of exchange, through dozens of organizations.  In this Voices... Read more
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In this issue’s Keyboard Roundtable, we decided it was time to venture into one of the largest and most traditional areas of volunteer engagement – health care and hospitals. We wanted to learn a little more about what impact the increasing demands on health services have on utilizing volunteer... Read more
Benjamin H. Gottlieb, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator) and Alayna Gillespie, M.A., Psychology Department, University of Guelph
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September 2007. Available to download at http://nonprofitscan.imaginecanada.ca/files/en/library/ contributions_to_the_development_of_older_adult_volunteers_oct07.pdf   This edition of Research to Practice looks again at research into volunteering by older people. Globally it seems we are... Read more