Volume XIII, Issue 3, April 2013

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As the Australian spring of 2012 drew to a close and summer loomed, there was one thing that unified Victorians: the unhappy thought of the annual bushfire season being right around the corner, with the memory of the events of 2009 – specifically Black Saturday - still etched deeply in their... Read more
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Over the course of the last dozen or so years teaching volunteer management, I’ve had the opportunity to work with graduate students from across the University of Texas. Students seeking degrees in public affairs, social work, communications, business and fine arts attend my weekly three-hour class... Read more
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  Editor's note: Culture, politics and religion are hot topics for pundits to debate on the evening news and in major newspapers. These topics are also increasingly discussed within community and charity organizations seeking ways to encourage diversity within their volunteer programs. The Muslim... Read more
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Money – or lack of it – always rears its ugly head in discussions of professional development for those in volunteer management. Just as “confidentiality” and “risk management” are smokescreens hiding resistance to volunteers, the financial cost of continuing our education is often an excuse that... Read more
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Of the many challenges volunteer administrators face – retention, motivation, recruitment and program funding are just a few that quickly come to mind – the volunteer interview may seem to be the least worrisome. After all, interviewing a prospective volunteer can be considered much like a campaign... Read more
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As a trainer, two of the questions I hear most are: “How do you get volunteers to come to training?” and “How can we find out more about what skills and knowledge volunteers have or are willing to learn?” Sometimes, my answers reflect whether the organisation has what I call a “pro-learning”... Read more
Interviews with Conference Attendees
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The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) hosted its biennial conference on May 8-10 in Minneapolis. MAVA is one of the premier professional societies in North America and its conference is always excellent. Participants come from Minnesota and way beyond, especially bordering... Read more
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Volunteer managers like their jobs! A 2008 study of over 200 full-time volunteer managers in Canada found that volunteer managers were highly satisfied with their jobs “despite their modest compensation and the large numbers of volunteers they supervise” (Gottleib & Shera, 2008, in Gottleib et... Read more