Volume XIII, Issue 1, October 2012

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The ‘Inspiring Leadership’ stream at the Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) 2009 National Volunteering conference was one of those moments in time that starts a movement. It was a coming together of people committed to increasing recognition given to Managers of Volunteers in Aotearoa, New Zealand. At... Read more
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Your organization is always looking for great volunteers to embrace your mission, help carry it out and even help spread the word to others. The pool of potential volunteers out there is endless! And you know that many people would love to find a convenient way to help make a real difference in... Read more
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Due to the nature of volunteering, it is not often associated with conflict. People helping others and their community are not typically viewed as troublemakers, and volunteer-involving organisations are generally perceived as being ‘warm and fuzzy’ places.  The volunteering sector, however, is not... Read more
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In the previous issue, we asked e-Volunteerism readers to help us in “Keeping the Plural in Points of View,” and a number of you did just that.  We received a range of thoughtful and provocative opinions about the major challenges facing leaders of volunteers in their everyday work and about trends... Read more
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It’s a challenge that leaders of volunteers have always faced: how to retain productive volunteers. According to Volunteering in America 2008, one in three American volunteers dropped out in 2007, and this lack of retention can be costly. True, some turnover is expected and even projected.... Read more
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A volunteer management colleague recently described how she struggled for quite a while to solve an issue within her volunteer team – an issue that involved a familiar mix of strong differences of opinion, reactions to particular ways of working and communication confusion. Having already spent a... Read more
In the summer of 1982, the magazine Voluntary Action Leadership published “As I See It,” an opinion piece by Dadie Perlov, then executive director of the National Council on Jewish Women. It was based on a presentation made at the Symposium on Women, Work and the Family, sponsored by the... Read more
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There are many studies published in the academic literature looking at ‘who volunteers’ and ‘why people volunteer,’ but not so many from the organizational perspective.  Yet this can be an important consideration in how well a volunteer program is supported or constrained.  Sibylle Studer and Georg... Read more