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.
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.
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.”
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?
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.
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?
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.
A new book, The Abundant Not-for-Profit, introduces the concept of knowledge philanthropists: time donors “who volunteer primarily with their head, by contributing what they know.” Consider how organizations can vastly increase their capacity (even in a poor economy) by engaging volunteers with any and all professional skills.