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Many of our colleagues in volunteer management are using various online forums to recap their experiences at the just-ended 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. One of our conference “takeaways” was learning about a new online tool for organizations to prepare themselves to involve highly skilled volunteers more effectively.
As social technologies evolve, more and more people use mobile media in new and creative ways in volunteering. This has become most obvious in the recent development of micro-volunteering. Micro-volunteering allows people to contribute to projects remotely, from their computers or their smart phones, in small, but nevertheless significant ways. Here are some recently launched micro-volunteering initiatives.
I recently had the privilege of spending an intensive four days with volunteerism colleagues in Singapore (my fifth visit since 2001) on behalf of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVCP) there. Singapore is a small country, but amazingly multicultural and multi-lingual. Over the last decade, NVCP has focused on encouraging more intentional giving of time and money in both formal and informal ways. I learned about many interesting things during my most recent stay, and want to share three of them here.
In any discussion of evaluating volunteer services, someone inevitably will point to the results of a “volunteer satisfaction survey” as ostensible evidence that things are going well. How did we arrive at this particular method of assessing success with volunteers? Do such surveys reveal anything meaningful about the value of volunteer contributions? What might tell us more?