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Celebrating 21 Years of Serving Manager of Volunteers
~ November 2004 ~ Topics

Do You Remember 2000?

The year is 2000. A brand new century. Do You Remember...

  • The United Nations begins the Millennium Summit begins in New York City.
  • Vermont legalizes civil union for same sex couples.
  • Hillary Clinton is the 1st First Lady to take public office, being elected to the United States Senate for the state of New York.
  • The final original Peanuts cartoon strip is published.
  • The computer world has very little problems with Y2K Bug.

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November and December 21st Anniversary Celebration Sales
  • Bundle #7: $50.00
    1. Building Better Relationships with Volunteers, by Nan Hawthorne
    2. Slide Shows on a Shoe String, by Nancy Macduff
    3. An Introduction to Helping Adults Learn and Change, by Russell D. Robinson
  • Bundle #8: $56.00
    1. Episodic Volunteering: Organizing and Managing the Short-Term Volunteer
    2. Designing Programs for the Volunteer Sector
    3. Volunteer Recruiting and Retention

    All of the above authored by Nancy Macduff

Check out this great opportunity to save 21% off publications from MBA Publishing. To order, go to the Volunteer Today Bookstore. Our September issue brings new books bundles; don't forget to check back often.

See our online bookstore for Building Better Relationships with Volunteers, by Nan Hawthorne, An Introduction to Helping Adults Learn and Change, by Russell D. Robinson, and Slide Shows on a Shoe String, Episodic Volunteering: Organizing and Managing the Short-Term Volunteer, Designing Programs for the Volunteer Sector, and Volunteer Recruiting and Retention: A Marketing Approach, all authored by Nancy Macduff.

Details of Building Better Book Details for Helping Adults Book Details for Slide Shows Book Details for Episodic Volunteering Book Details for Designing Programs Book Details for Volunteer Recruiting Book

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Musings from the Publisher

As the senior writer and publisher of VT, I rarely editorialize, so I snagged some space on the Anniversary page to post my musings on volunteerism, in all its aspects.

  • I began my career in managing volunteers in 1969 and the profession has changed. Position descriptions are now common in almost every program, more organizations have paid staff managing volunteers, recognition of volunteers is as varied as snowflakes or grains of sand, and professional development opportunities are widespread.
  • The academic and research side of volunteerism has exploded in the last 21 years; six journals, 700 people attending the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action annual conference, research sessions heavily attended at practitioner meetings, over 1000 people attending the 2004 ICVA, and more practitioners are writing applied research articles.
  • Membership in the Association for Volunteer Administration has doubled in 21 years, drawing people from Europe, Asia, Africa, South American, Mexico, Canada, and the United States (US).
  • Volunteerism is on the political agenda of political parties from Australia to Japan to Washington, DC to Zaire. Citizen service is on the national and international radar screen.
  • The US model of volunteering is not the only one. More is being written and researched on how volunteerism operates in Westernized countries outside the US and developing countries. Efforts to build an infrastructure of citizen service (volunteering) is promoted by governments around the globe.
  • The Internet has dramatically changed how people come to volunteering and what they do when they come to the work (virtual or online volunteering).
  • The Internet has made raising money for charity easier than at any time in history.
  • The world began shifting in the 1960's in most Westernized countries and many developing nations. By 1983 the changes were visible --- changes in gender roles, marriage, work life, the economy, education, health care, and so much more. Those changes are increasingly impacting volunteer programs. Some people are welcoming the change and preparing for a future that looks different from the present in volunteering. Others are stuck in old paradigms!
  • Twenty-one years after I started this journey, I am pleased to say it challenges and invigorates me today as it always has, and makes getting out of bed each day and going to work a worthwhile endeavor!

Nancy Macduff

Nancy Macduff is President of Macduff/Bunt Associaties, publisher of Volunteer Today, and senior writer. She is a trainer and consultant on all aspects of volunteerism.

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Time Line

We are looking for your memories. Were you at the President's Summit on Volunteerism and Citizen Service in Philadelphia? What do you remember? Send us a short note and we will post on the Volunteer Today time line. Do you remember the first days you had as manager of volunteers in 1992? Talk about that. This is your opportunity to share your experiences in this field and become part of its history. Send your remembrances to editor@volunteertoday.com.


Washington State University offers a Volunteer Management Certification Program through the Internet. Individuals around the world can earn a certificate in managing or coordinating volunteers, without leaving home. For more information, visit Volunteer Today's Portal site, Internet Resources. Look for the Washington State University listing. There is a hot link to their Web site.

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