November and December 21st Anniversary
Bundle #7: $50.00
Building Better Relationships with Volunteers, by Nan Hawthorne
Slide Shows on a Shoe String, by Nancy Macduff
An Introduction to Helping Adults Learn and Change, by Russell
Bundle #8: $56.00
Episodic Volunteering: Organizing and Managing the Short-Term
Designing Programs for the Volunteer Sector
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.
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
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
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.
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
Interested in assessing volunteer and
staff relations in your program?
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