Volume XVIII, Issue 4, July - October 2018

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After more than 30 years of working directly in a variety of volunteer leadership roles, I now have the privilege of working in a positon – indeed an industry – that didn’t even exist when I embarked on my volunteer management career in the mid-1980s! These days, I’m responsible for leading the... 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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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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If you’re reading this, our guess is you are a Volunteer Engagement Professional (VEP). Your job title might not say that, but that’s what you are: a professional committed to the effective and meaningful engagement of volunteers. Because of that you are less valuable and important than other... Read more
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Freedom of speech and of movement, freedom from arbitrary arrest, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, and freedom of religious worship. All are taken for granted by many and they are, of course, fundamental to volunteerism as an associative activity within the civil society space. These... Read more
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I’d like to make a psychic prediction: If you’re reading this article, you’re not only a leader of volunteers but you also deliver training, mostly to volunteers. How did I do? Should I audition for the Psychic Friends Hotline? Do I truly have metaphysical insight or is it simply that the... Read more
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Have you ever felt like you are working all alone in volunteer management, or being pulled in different directions by groups working in siloes? Then you will be excited to hear about the launch of the new National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement, a task force that developed after the 2017... Read more
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Volunteers provide incredible support for community events. They provide benefits for not only organizers and attendees but also build community social capital that contributes to increased quality of life. This type of volunteering is a form of what is now called “episodic volunteering.”... Read more