Volume XV, Issue 1, October 2014

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 Depending on how old you are and how long you’ve been on the job, it might seem like recruiting volunteers on the Internet has always been an option. Or it might still seem like a newfangled tool that doesn’t yet fit with how your organization engages supporters. The truth, of course, is somewhere... Read more
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  How did one 16-year-old Eagle Scout, working toward scouting’s acclaimed Hornaday Award, accomplish an eco-friendly volunteer project and create a connection with Illinois' Forest Preserve District of DuPage County to the benefit of all? Eagle Scout Gavin Burseth initiated this entire project... Read more
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  From Small Beginnings Like most things that grow and evolve into something strong and meaningful, International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMDay) started life as a small idea from a group of people who identified a need and were willing to act upon it. The ‘lunatic fringe,’ as Susan Ellis... Read more
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For as long as we can remember, people have debated whether it is effective to give tangible rewards to people who volunteer. On one end of the spectrum are those who prefer what is still called “pure” volunteering, where nothing of substantive value is offered, other than perhaps a token... Read more
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As social media expands throughout the world, it has spawned a unique sub-category of virtual volunteering dubbed “clicktivism”—letting people who are online or on a smartphone make an impact on a cause in a short amount of time, with very little effort. The name comes from what these volunteers... Read more
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Everyone has them, right? Volunteers whose primary function is to give information to the public—at the front desk as the visitors enter, in a reception area when they need directions to the cafeteria, or at the end of the day when they need help getting to the parking garage or calling a taxi.... Read more
A Tribute by
In the early hours of 20th September this year, my friend and colleague, John Ramsey, passed away after a long illness. John was an influential voice in the development of volunteer management as a profession in the United Kingdom, holding key volunteer organizing positions in a several large UK... Read more
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Anderson, Nicole D., Thecla Damianakis, Edeltraut Kröger, Laura M. Wagner, Deirdre R. Dawson, Malcolm A. Binns, Syrelle Bernstein, Eilon Caspi, Suzanne L. Cook, and The BRAVO Team (2014).  “The Benefits Associated With Volunteering Among Seniors: A Critical Review and Recommendations for Future... Read more