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February 2014 Hot Topic: It’s Time to Discuss the Complex Relationship of Volunteering and Money

on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 19:52

We know that volunteers are not “free,” but we do not always acknowledge what it costs them to give their time or who else may be aiding the volunteer with other financial support.

November Hot Topic: Education through Celebration on International Volunteer Managers Day

on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 20:17

November 5th is IVMDay. Most professions do not expect or need a special day of recognition – why do we? Because it’s an opportunity to get others to pay attention to what it takes to coordinate volunteers effectively.

Australian Volunteering Conference Challenged to Think

on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 16:38

The Australian National Volunteering Conference has just ended in Adelaide, South Australia. Already there is buzz around the opening keynote address delivered by Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO of the Directory of Social Change in the UK. Highlights of her speech have been posted by Pro Bono Australia, noting that she "passionately encouraged charities to stand up for themselves and avoid compromising their mission to serve others for the sake of money." That immediately made us contact Andy Fryar of OzVPM for his personal reactions.

Are Super Bowl Volunteers "Chumps"?

on Thu, 08/01/2013 - 14:38

Yesterday, sports writer Frank Deford noted on NPR that 16,000 volunteers had already been recruited to help at the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey. Remarking on the millions of dollars involved in this commercial event, he asked: “Why would anybody volunteer to work for free for the Super Bowl? Would you volunteer to work free for Netflix or Disneyworld? Apparently, though, there are more chumps in New Jersey than we see on television's Jersey Shore or hear about in the Rutgers athletic department.”

August Hot Topic: Volunteering and Employability: Cause or Effect?

on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 18:47

Most of us support the observation that volunteering builds resumes, provides career exploration, and demonstrates each volunteer’s abilities, but can we make the case – as several recent research studies try to do – that volunteering directly affects employability?

July Hot Topic: Breaking through the Glass Ceiling for Volunteers

on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 07:22

All too often, volunteers are assigned to staff at the lowest rungs of an organization’s hierarchy while senior and middle managers never partner with them at all. Let’s change the status quo.

June Hot Topic: Stop Volunteers from Being Their Own Worst Enemies

on Sat, 06/01/2013 - 00:00

How can you challenge and educate volunteers who themselves perpetuate negative thinking about volunteering?

“Volunteerism is Universal” Released on World Day for Cultural Diversity

on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:14

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.

Beware of the Same Old, Same Old Assumptions about Volunteering

on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 20:40

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?

People Power! New Books Illustrate How Individuals Power Your Organization

on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 19:59

It’s easy to say that “people are the core of any volunteer-involving organization,” but do top managers act as though they understand and mean this sentiment? Two new books explore what it really means to engage volunteers as individuals.

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