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VolunteerToday.com ~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism


Find news you can use on a variety of topics; opportunities to raise money, changes in postage rates; statistics and facts that impact volunteer programs; and more.

~October 2003~ Topics

Arrow Right Image Trends in Employment of the Future Arrow Left Image

Health care jobs are getting hotter than a pistol. Want to move to a rural area? Some nurses training and you might find the ideal job and a bucolic living environment. Security employees needed, and not just at airports. Employers are beefing up physical security, but they are all now laden with rules to protect privacy of clients, true for nonprofits as well. There are jobs available in this field. Financial services workers are likely to be needed as wealthy boomers retire and start buying up big-ticket items like cars and second houses. Pharmaceuticals and biotech workers will be needed as the dependence on drugs is continued. Gene therapy and cloning are aspects of this job market that will need workers.

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Arrow Right Image Japanese Charities Arrow Left Image

A recent report by the Coalition for Legislation to Support Citizens’ Organizations in Tokyo urged Japanese nonprofit organizations to improve the country’s “culture of giving.” The average annual donation by households in Japan is $26.67, compared to the United States, where it is $1,620.00. This is a very deceiving number, since over 90% of Japanese make contributions annually. The problem seems to be that nonprofits are reluctant to ask for contributions, because it seems like “begging.”

One of the problems for Japanese nonprofits is the tradition of intoku-youhou, or “secret good deeds bearing good fruit.” This encourages people to do acts of charity, but in private. The problem is it prevents some people from making big donations that would draw attention.

In addition, a number of governmental requirements are disincentives to aggressively seeking money. This includes difficulty in being certified to receive tax-deductible donations and the lack of postal discounts, such as those offered to nonprofits in the US and other countries.

The report urges charities to overcome their dislike of fund raising and communicate needs to supporters, so they might contribute. The organizations are urged to establish rigorous accounting standards prior to seeking donations.
For more information:
http://www.npoweb.gr.jp/english/cgp.html, “Japan’s Culture of Giving and Nonprofit Organizations.” It is free of charge.

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Arrow Right Image The Cost of a Volunteer Arrow Left Image

The Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service has a new publication that summarizes the findings from an examination of 21 volunteer programs in the United States. The study attempted to ascertain the true financial cost of organizing a high-quality volunteer program. The Cost of a Volunteer is available in a downloadable copy at http://www.gfcns.org.

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