Volume XIX, Issue 1, October 2018 - January 2019

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In the middle of the night, on September 9, 2013, I remember being awakened abruptly by the loud alerts on my husband’s phone. As a volunteer for local urban search and rescue, he often receives “call-outs” for missing persons, but this call was different. Over the sound of the pouring rain... Read more
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Ten years ago, when Realized Worth* joined the field of Corporate Social Responsibility, the idea of companies “doing good” was perceived by the public as a fad at best and greenwashing at worst. Corporate volunteering barely registered as a legitimate employee benefit and even then, it was... Read more
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The non-profit sector is often viewed as embracing a ‘have not’ mentality, going cap-in-hand to donors with a charitable mindset. But as Dan Pallotta so eloquently pointed out is in his TED talk, this approach is broken. Continuing changes to government, society, and civic participation are all... Read more
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Storytelling is a valuable tool that volunteer managers can use to inspire, to motivate, and to build esprit de corps. As volunteer managers we want to influence others to embrace the values of our organization. We want them to understand the uniqueness of the mission, the needs of clients, and... Read more
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As trainers, our goal is to not only deliver training but to make sure the training delivered is taken in and the learnings are applied. So how does humor fit in? We know that humor is personal, but so is learning. Humor can be a welcome tool when it comes to training. This month’s Training... Read more
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There was a lot of buzz in the news this past August about a new six-month pilot program offered by The Starbucks Foundation and Points of Light. The pilot program, in essence, allows Starbucks employees to volunteer at selected non-profits for half the work week and be paid as Starbucks Service... Read more
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Although there is a trend these days towards episodic volunteering, there are volunteers who fit into more of the ‘super-volunteer’ category—defined as those who volunteer a significant number of hours week after week for a single organization. From a volunteer management perspective, managing... Read more