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~ December 2004 ~ Topics

Charity Channel Sponsors Phone Class on Recruiting

Nan Hawthorne is teaching a class on practical volunteer recruiting by phone on December 3, 2004, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST via Charity University. It is titled "Selecting and Recruiting the Right Volunteers for your Organization." There is a fee for the class, materials are available online, and a speakerphone means more than one person can attend.

For more information visit: http://charitychannel.com/publish/templates/?a=1182&z=54.

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Tracking Your Online Business

Volunteer Today Web Master, Lori, found a terrific free offer for getting statistics on those visits to your Web Site. Open Tracker is a commercial site to track Web traffic for subscribers. The organization has a special offer for nonprofit organizations to provide statistics for free for six months.

In addition, this site is seeking organizations to "sponsor." They list the sponsored sites on the Open Tracker Web site. They are currently working to create a system where a portion of the subscription fee from their clients will go to selected charities. They express a special interest in environmental organizations, but encourage any nonprofit and charitable organization to apply and make inquiries. Seems like a good deal! For more information: http://www.opentracker.net/pages/nonprofit_charities.jsp.

Visit our online bookstore for more information and to buy our new books on international volunteering: Al Tatawae: Volunteering in the Arab World, by Dr. Lobna M. Abdelmagid and Mr. Izzat Abdul-Hadi, and isto da samba, Corporate Volunteerism: The Brazilian Way, by Monica Beatriz Galiano & Barnabe Medeiros Filho.
Order Volunteering in the Arab World Book Order Corporate Volunteerism the Brazilian Way Book

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Managers of Local Government Volunteer Programs Professional Association

Cities and counties are growing volunteer programs across Canada and the United States. Such programs already exist in places like Israel and the United Kingdom. Now there is a professional association for the paid staff who manage these programs. The National Association of Volunteer Programs and Local Government.

The purpose of the organization is to strengthen volunteer programs through leadership, education, advocacy, networking, and information exchange. The organization sponsors training sessions for members and non-members at the annual International Conference on Volunteer Administration. It has a quarterly newsletter, and Web page, with a members-only section. The Web page is a "work in progress" but you can see early results at: http://www.navplg.org. Individual membership dues is $20.00 per year. For information on how you can join, contact one of the three people listed below.

  • Karen Siemen: 925-671-3184 or Karen@cpd.ci.concord.ca.us
  • Barbara Grostick: 702-455-5719 or bgr@clark.nv.us
  • Robin Popik: 972-941-7114 or robinp@plano.gov.

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Jacksonville Hosts ICVA

Jacksonville, Florida plays host to the 2005 International Conference on Volunteer Administration (ICVA), November 2 – 5, 2005. The theme of the conference is "Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity: A New Dawn of Volunteer Administration." For more information visit: http://www.avaintl.org.

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