Volume XIX, Issue 2, January - April 2019

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With sadness we share the news that our editor in chief, colleague and friend, Energize, Inc. President, Susan J. Ellis, passed away February 24, 2019, after successfully living with cancer for over eight years.  Besides founding Energize, Inc.  in 1977, Susan was a compelling force in bringing... Read more
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I’m both a volunteer and a Volunteer Manager and, from time-to-time, I’m a Volunteer Manager working in a voluntary capacity to organise and lead the work of other volunteers.   I’ve been doing this for 25 years now, leading conservation working holidays for the National Trust across the UK,... Read more
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After more than 30 years working in direct, hands-on volunteer management positions, I now work in technology – supporting Better Impact’s volunteer management software across Australia and New Zealand. When I think about it, it’s amazing to reflect that the work I do now didn’t even exist when... Read more
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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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As we embark upon a new calendar year, it is traditional to pause and take a look back, reflecting on the past as we launch into the future.  Unfortunately, looking into the recent past for the nonprofit sector isn’t a positive experience. The last few years have seen numerous scandals and... Read more
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“Volunteers in the food redistribution revolution" would have been an unlikely Along the Web topic even just a few years ago. But today there is an undeniable and growing public awareness about the shocking amount of food that’s wasted and sent to landfills, despite still being fit for people to... Read more
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A core goal of all leaders of volunteers is to ensure that volunteers have a great experience whilst they are with us. If you are directly managing the volunteers yourself, then this can be relatively easy to achieve. However, in larger organisations where the responsibility for managing and... Read more
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The Changing Face of Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care, edited by Ros Scott and Steven Howlett, Oxford University Press, 226 pages, $40.95, ISBN 978-0-19-878827-0 Introduction “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life.” Dame Cicely Saunders is credited... Read more
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  Article: Ertas, Nevbahar (2018). Turnover intentions of volunteer resource managers: The roles of motivations, person-organization fit, and emotional labor. International Journal of Public Administration, DOI: 10.1080/01900692.2018.1506935 Introduction Board members of nonprofits with... Read more