Volume XVIII, Issue 3, April - July 2018

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Volunteer Engagement Professionals (VEPs) commonly feel underpaid and undervalued and believe that their work is misunderstood. In times like these, they often turn to organizations like the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) for support, education, and connection. To... Read more
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As a volunteer resource manager, you may be serving members of the LGBTQIA community and working with LGBTQIA volunteers and/or LGBTQIA paid staff. The acronym LGBTQIA includes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or Questioning), Intersexed, and Asexual (or Ally/Allies). What is the... Read more
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Recent events in the UK - such as the fire at Grenfell Tower and the terror attacks in London and Manchester - have shown what we in the charity and not-for-profit sector know to be true: that volunteering and community engagement is and remains a universally strong spirit. Without being asked... Read more
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Volunteering. We all know what it is, right? Here's how the United Nations defined it in its "Volunteers Report," prepared for the UN General Assembly Special Session on Social Development, Geneva, February 2011: “There are three key defining characteristics of volunteering. First the activity... Read more
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  Technology tools designed to lighten our workload abound online, but the options can be overwhelming. Some productivity tools may be specifically intended for nonprofit leaders. Others, while aimed at broader audiences, may also be useful for those working with volunteers.  When every day is... Read more
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It's the holy grail of all trainers – more interaction! But how do you increase interaction if you continue to use your typical orientation and trainings methods? In this Training Designs, author Sammy Feilchenfeld introduces "Poll Everywhere" – a free plug-in tool for PowerPoint® that lets you... Read more
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In this very personal Voices, join a conversation with Agnetta Nyalita as she takes you through her journey as a young African promoting volunteerism in her home in Kenya and across Africa. Nyalita will share stories of the struggles and progress made on the continent, how her quest affected her... Read more
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What can an organization learn by examining why some people choose not to volunteer? In this issue’s Research to Practice, Laurie Mook reviews an article by researchers from Australia and the Netherlands that focuses our attention on these non-volunteers. While we know a lot about volunteers,... Read more