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Developing Volunteering Infrastructure: National Down or Local Up?

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Volunteering infrastructure is a crucial element to encourage the development of a broad range of meaningful volunteering opportunities and the engagement of a diverse spectrum of people in volunteering. Whether it is “peak bodies” engaging in policy debate with national government, volunteer centres providing local brokerage of volunteering opportunities, or other organisations delivering many other services at any of the levels in-between, volunteering infrastructure permeates all we do as volunteer management professionals.

In this Keyboard Roundtable we’ll explore the nature of volunteering infrastructure and particularly the roles, if any, that national and state/provincial/regional bodies have to play in developing and nurturing a strong culture and practice of volunteerism. Participants come from Brazil, Australia, the USA, and England.