Volume XV, Issue 4, July - October 2015

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Sustaining the passion of volunteers calls leaders to invest in them every day and requires a daily commitment to leadership practices. It’s what leaders choose to do and say that makes the difference in the volunteer experience. Leaders know that being there to support volunteers—especially those... Read more
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Introduction Whenever I make a presentation about volunteer screening, I start things off by asking my audience two things: How many of you train volunteers who don’t end up volunteering? How many of you get new volunteers up and running, only to have them drop out after a short while? Both of... Read more
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In the headlong pace of managing a volunteer programme, it is often too hard to pause and take stock of our work. Yet reflection is an important part of a cycle for continuous improvement. Reflection is also a learning mode, a space to get those ‘aha!’ insights. That’s how I have come to identify... Read more
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We trust that the dramatic title of this Points of View grabbed your attention. The ‘volunteer’ we’re referring to is Olive Cooke, a 92-year-old volunteer for the Royal British Legion,1 who was found dead this past May. Although her family cited a variety of possible causes, the British media... Read more
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In the last issue of e-Volunteerism, volunteer Stephanie Myers wrote about her journey to start Mind for Athletes (M4A), an organization that helps recognize mental health issues among student athletes. Myers’ experience immediately inspired this Along the Web research to highlight projects around... Read more
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It’s with great excitement that I join the team at e-Volunteerism in the role of Editor, Training Designs. A long-time reader and past contributor, I know firsthand the caliber of excellence set by the team and expected by readers. I think training is an underexplored aspect of the role of a... Read more
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Most people are very familiar with the concept of a telethon, a word coined to combine "television" and "marathon." It’s a televised fundraising event, lasting many hours or even days, in order to raise money for a charitable or other worthy cause by combining a variety show or television... Read more
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  A Review of: “Sources of Volunteer Motivation: Transformational Leadership and Personal Motives Influence Volunteer Outcomes” (2013) by Patrick Dwyer and colleagues. Nonprofit Management & Leadership 24 (2), 181-205. Volunteer satisfaction surveys are a staple of volunteer resource... Read more