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.
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.
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.
In 1980 and 1990, Energize produced a mini-poster with the dramatic title of “The Seven Deadly Sins of Directing Volunteers,” which proved extremely popular. Susan considers whether the “sins” have changed now in 2013 – and asks for your help in generating a list for today.
"Crowdfunding" has great potential to raise seed money for a new initiative your organization would like to test, particularly through volunteer efforts -- and it can also help an individual volunteer pursue a dream.
Everyone is buzzing about social media, hoping to “go viral” and grab the attention of prospective new volunteers. But, for most organizations, the medium is not the message. Susan examines how the basic principles of volunteer recruitment still apply in our electronic age.
Leave it to the guys. The international team of Andy Fryar, Director of OzVPM, Tony Goodrow, President of Volunteer2, and Rob Jackson, Director of Rob Jackson Consulting, Ltd., have come up with a volunteer-related take on the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey book series!
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.
On International Volunteer Managers Day in December 2012, Volunteer Canada released their updated website and nicely organized a whole host of resources to which we all should pay attention, whether we work in Canada or not. Check out the list of highlights, some new, some old, but all worth having on your volunteer management tool belt.