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~ March 2003 Topics ~

NEW from Volunteer Online Bookstore

The One Minute Answer to Volunteer Management Questions

Written especially for the beginner, this book provides a quick reference for the practical aspects of managing a volunteer program. It provides an easy read for the harried volunteer program manager on topics such as recruitment, interviewing, risk management, networking, community involvement, and leadership. The author is currently the Director of Volunteer Services, with 13 years experience.


FUNDING FOR THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Help is available to make the case to funders that they should finance the work of the volunteer program in an organization. A Guide to Investing in Volunteer Resources Management: Improve Your Philanthropic Portfolio is a new publication from the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) funded by the UPS Foundation.

The booklet is filled with facts, figures, and testimonials demonstrating the value of volunteer resources management to the nonprofit sector, government, and society as a whole. The guide can be downloaded at no charge from the AVA, UPS Foundation, or Points of Light (http://www.polf.org), Web sites. Hard copies are available from AVA for $2.00 US.

More about these organizations can be found at Volunteer Today Internet Portal page!


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COMPUTERS FOR VOLUNTEERS

A unique program of the Beaumont Foundation is providing $400 million in computer equipment in 2003. The grant is aimed at schools and community organizations (http://www.bmtfoundation.com/grants/). There is some money for individual grants and especially for those with disabilities. Such individuals can get more information by calling 1-866-505-2667.

Beaumont was founded using unclaimed money from a class action suit against the Toshiba Company for selling faulty floppy discs. The unclaimed money made it possible to create a foundation whose aim is to put computers in the hands of low-income and disabled folks.

Special thanks to John Thielbahr, Director of the CAPPS program at Washington State University, home of the Volunteer Management Certificate Program, for alerting Volunteer Today to this opportunity for schools and volunteer programs.


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ONLINE TECHONOLGY JOURNAL

The Community Technology Review is an online journal published by the Community Media and Technology program in the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts. The most recent issue includes articles on the role of the Internet in rural Alaska, online fund raising, and community technology in Russia (http://www.comtechreview.org).

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CAMPBELL RESIGNS

AVA has announced the resignation of Katie Campbell, Executive Director for the last five years. Campbell’s resignation is effective in May 2003. She plans to take some time off for family and personal pursuits.


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