Volume XIV, Issue 4, July 2014

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 My career has given me the opportunity to work with grass roots, government, and corporate organizations over the past 16 years. As a community  leader, I have been blessed with a diverse background that spans health care, human resources, education and, most significantly, the voluntary sector.... Read more
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Three British volunteers founded The National Trust in 1895. In 2013, we celebrated the involvement of over 70,000 volunteers in our conservation charity, which works to protect historic places and green spaces while opening them up forever, for everyone. We’ve clearly come a long way and, in terms... Read more
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During a recent discussion about volunteering experiences of the past, the following exchange took place between a former volunteer coordinator and a former volunteer: Former volunteer coordinator: “We used to accept pretty much anyone who was warm and breathing as a volunteer.” Former volunteer... Read more
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For as long as either of us can remember, a central issue in our field has been lack of true support for volunteers (and of our professional roles) by the executives of our organizations. Oh, there’s been lots of lip service with lavish praise along the lines of “volunteers are the heart of our... Read more
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The Russian writer Dostoevsky noted that "the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." The BBC News Web site shows a World Prison Populations chart that reports a worldwide prison population of around nine million, with the United States, China and Russia in the... Read more
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As leaders of volunteer involvement, we know that buy-in is essential, not only for the success of our programs but also for the success and longevity of volunteers. One way to achieve buy-in is to give volunteers autonomy, allowing them to decide how the work gets done. In this Training Designs, I... Read more
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Founded in 1901, the Junior League rapidly became the most influential women’s organization in the United States in the first half of the 20th century. It also became active in Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. It is important to understand the historical context of the League, since it began... Read more
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Xiao, Erte & Houser, Daniel (2014). Sign Me Up! A Model and Field Experiment on Volunteering. ICES Working Paper 2014-01. Fairfax, VA: Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, George Mason University. Available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2378038   Field... Read more