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A New Birth Dearth
Childlessness is the new norm among American women.
This childless trend is not unique to America. Many countries have fertility rates well below population replacement levels. They include France, Ireland, Norway, China, and Australia. Conversely Third World countries are experiencing dramatic population growth.
Why is this important to a volunteer program manager? This is the future of available volunteers. Designing and organizing programs needs to take into account available resources, including the human ones!
CARE Act Passes the Senate
The Charity Aid, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act of 2002 passed the Senate Finance Committee in June. This bill will provide incentives to all taxpayers to contribute to charities by setting up deductions for non-itemisers and removing the tax barriers for charitable gifts from IRA accounts.
The upside of this change is the new availability
of charitable deductions for American's with hefty incomes and IRA accounts.
This gain, however, is off set by the fact that after two years the
legislation would end a tax deduction designed to encourage giving by
taxpayers who do not itemize, especially the low and moderate-income
There is also language in the bill to clarify
the distinction between grassroots and direct lobbying. Stay tuned,
it has not hit President Bush's desk yet!
Some Facts on Boomers
The Washington Post recently ran an article with information on marketing to the Baby-Boom Generation, those born between 1946 -1964. Here are some facts from that article. What are you doing to actively recruit volunteers from this generational cohort?
What is Your Attrition Rate?
Attrition is turnover! What is your turnover rate of volunteers? Be sure to only count those volunteers who sign up for those long-term jobs.
In addition to the statistics on attrition or turnover, you should be conducting exit interviews to determine why people are leaving. This can best be done by trained volunteers. It might be hard for a departing volunteer to criticize the program or a staff member, if that is the reason they are leaving, to a member of the volunteer office staff. Trained volunteers, can identify themselves as such, and get more candid answers to two or three questions. This information is also valuable in planning recruiting and educating staff and volunteer leaders.
The table shows the mean income received by lowest and highest fifths and the top 5% of US families of all races in 2000. The gap between the wealthiest and the poorest segments of US families has increased steadily during the past three decades.
DAILY POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD FORMS AVAILABLE
The Points of Light Foundation has forms available to nominate volunteers and volunteer organizations for the Daily Points of Light Award. It is designed recognize individuals and groups that demonstrate unique and innovative approaches to community volunteering and citizen action, with a strong emphasis on service focused on the goals for children and young people set by the Presidents Summit for American's Future.The award is given five days a week, excluding holidays. If you would like nomination forms, contact Crystal Hill at 202-729-8000.
By calling 1-800-VOLUNTEER in the U.S., individuals can be connected to their local volunteer center. This is a national interactive call routing system designed to get volunteers connected to people who can help them volunteer.