Volume XIX, Issue 1, October 2018 - January 2019

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I have been a leader of volunteers for more than 16 years, most recently managing a program of over 500 volunteers for a large health service. Expectations are high, turnaround times can be tight, and most of my colleagues and executives don’t understand just how difficult it can be to balance... Read more
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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
Available in December
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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 the importance of volunteers’ contributions. We want to encourage them to join us and to support our efforts. In this... Read more
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Humor is personal, but so is learning. And humor can be a welcomed training tool when it comes to training. In this Training Designs, Erin R. Spink interviews Tane Danger from the Theater of Public Policy (known as T2P2), an innovative group that seeks to enhance learning through improvisational... Read more
Available in December
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This past August 2018, Starbucks, the coffee giant, and the non-profit organization Points of Light launched a six-month pilot program that allows Starbucks employees to get their full pay check while volunteering at selected non-profits for half the work week. Before long, the Internet and... 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