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~ March 2002 ~
  • Soup's On!
  • Speaking of Absolute Individualism Being an Absurdity

Absolute individualism is an absurdity.
Henri Fredic Amiel

I firmly believe that a true strength of the profession of Volunteer Services Management is our ability to collaborate, share, and support one another. We do this as we meet together in person, when we talk on the telephone and via the Internet through E-mail, discussion groups and websites.

This month we will begin looking at websites that have resources for Managers of Volunteer Services. So, let's share away!

Soup's On!

TechSoup, , is one of my favorite sites. Powered by CompuMentor, one of the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit technology assistance agencies, offers nonprofits one-stop shopping for their technology needs. It is committed to leveraging its strength as a community-wide portal for the benefit of the entire community.

You will find abundant resources for Volunteer Services Managers on TechSoup. Some of these resources are articles; others are forms, which can be downloaded often in both Microsoft Word and the wonderfully universal PDF format. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this format.) Some are written with technical volunteers in mind, but are quite applicable to all volunteers.

Networks 101 - An Introduction to Networking for Nonprofits

Technical Volunteer Questionnaire

Managing Technical Volunteers

Volunteers and Legal Issues

Defining the Volunteer Project

Write a Volunteer Job Description

Recruit a Volunteer on Your Own

Working with Corporate Volunteers and Consultants

Training Assessment Worksheet

Blank Volunteer Project Schedule

Finishing a Volunteer Project

Speaking of Absolute Individualism Being an Absurdity

What would you as a ready like to see in the Tech Tips column? As an individual columnist, I can come up with topics, but I would much rather glean ideas from the Volunteer Today community.

Therefore, if there is a technology subject, issue, or topic that you would like to see covered in Tech Tips, share it with me today. You can email me at

Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey

Georgean is a trainer and consultant in the areas of nonprofit management and volunteer involvement. She holds a Master's degree in Education/Staff Training and Development and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Indiana University.

Georgean is an Adjunct Faculty member of Ivy Tech State College with the Business and Industry Training Department. Her articles have been published in the Florida Libraries Journal and The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances.

Georgean conducts national and regional workshops on Train-the-Trainer, Customer Service, Conflict Management, Staff/ Volunteer Relations, Fundamentals of Volunteer Management, Family Volunteering, Trends in Volunteerism, and other aspects of Volunteer Management.

Georgean is immediate Past Chairperson of the National Government Volunteer Coordinator Advisory Committee for the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, DC. She is Past Chairperson and Founding Officer of Northeast Indiana Association of Volunteer Administration, a professional membership organization representing 60 nonprofit/voluntary organizations. She is a member of the Association for Volunteer Administration, the Points of Light Foundation, and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Prior to starting her training and consulting company she served for several years as the Manager of Volunteer Services in healthcare, library, and social service organizations, leading programs of 500 volunteers.

Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey, M. Ed.
Blue Vision Training
15419 Timber Hollow Trail
Fort Wayne IN 46845
Phone: 260.338.1414
Fax: 260.338.1707


Copyright 2002 by Nancy Macduff.
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