e-Volunteerism: The Electronic Journal for the Volunteer Community is a quarterly subscription journal written for volunteer leadership colleagues around the world who want to be informed and challenged about volunteering trends and issues. Now in its 13th year, subscribers can access a new issue every three months, each offering 8 brand new articles from authors in many different volunteer-involving settings and from every continent. In addition, all past articles dating back to the first issue in 2000 remain available to subscribers in the online Archives—a true benefit of timeless information about on all aspects of volunteer involvement.
Don Kramer has long been the go-to attorney in Philadelphia (and way beyond) on nonprofit legal questions. He is the editor of Nonprofit Issues, a Web site and newsletter on “Nonprofit Law You Need to Know.” Every week he writes a free “Question of the Week” e-mail and his newest edition focused on a very interesting question:
Should a 501(c)(3) organization agency conduct a criminal history background check on board members?
On World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, UN Volunteers released “Volunteerism is Universal,” an extract from
the 2011 State of the World's Volunteerism Report, to encourage people and organizations around the world to support diversity.
Community Service Volunteers in the UK has conducted research to “review trends and developments within employee volunteering and to explore how to make its benefits accessible and meaningful to more public, private and third sector organisations and employees,” and has just released a new report
Our favorite organization advocating the best practices of the blend of recreation and service is VolunTourism.org, which has just released volume 9, issue 1 of its newsletter. This issue offers some wonderful articles, well worth reading.
In 2012, the IRS raised the “standard business mileage rate” to 56.5 cents per mile, a figure that has kept rising in recent years as the cost of gasoline climbs. However, the deduction rate for charitable driving remains at 14 cents per mile (where it has been for over a decade) because it is set as a fixed rate in federal statute. Guest blogger, Luxiaofei Liis discusses.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that the overall rate of volunteering has dropped by 0.3 percent, with the steepest decline occurring in the age group of 45-67, but is this really the whole story?
The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) in Singapore continues to produce initiatives and resources of value far beyond its city-state size. We’ve long been fans of its magazine, SALT, which launched as a print publication in 2003 and in 2010 moved to an online format, available to the world at no cost.