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International Journal of Volunteer Administration
The maiden issue of the International Journal of Volunteer Administration is available for free online. It is the "next generation of the former Journal of Volunteer Administration." The new journal is a referred publication of the Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Under the leadership of Dr. R. Dale Safrit, Editor, (North Carolina State University) and Dr. Ryan Schmiesing (Ohio State University), and an internationally representative editorial board, the new journal provides to managers of volunteer programs information critical to successful management now and into the future.
Thanks to a generous grant from IMPACT: A Fund for Change Through Volunteerism, the first year of the journal is available via public domain, free of charge. In July 2007 the Journal will move to Web-based subscription only publication. An individual subscription rate is $40. Special rates are available for organizational subscription with 101+ members.
Topics for this quarterly issue include:
There are also book reviews and commentary. Address: http://www.ijova.org/.
A Professional Association - Progress Reports
In mid-June those interested in forming a new professional association for managers of volunteers, following the demise of the Association for Volunteer Administration in the spring of 2006, met to discuss needs and future direction. That meeting, hosted by the Points of Light Foundation during their conference in Seattle, resulted in a second meeting, the results of which can be found at Susan Ellis's Web site, Energize, Inc. (http://www.energize.inc.com/hot/2006/Mar06HT2). She has an opinion piece and then the report from the meeting.
The meeting revealed extensive work done by a group of managers of volunteers called the VRM Roundtable. This group has formed committees, selected chairs, and created a leadership team to form an association. The group had previously conducted an online survey of needs before the Seattle meeting. During the meeting it was decided to repost the survey, publicize it during the conference, in order to gather more data. That has been completed and is available at http://vrm-roundtable.org/.
In addition, a meeting to discuss progress is planned to coincide with the Points of Light conference in Philadelphia in July of 2007. There are no immediate details for that yet.
The VRM-Roundtable group has released the following announcement:
Giving By Americans is Up
According to a report in the June 29, Chronicle of Philanthropy, giving by Americans is up. Giving USA, an annual report on philanthropy, said donations were up by 2.7% after inflation. The largest increase came in response to the disasters of 2005Indonesian tsunamis, Gulf coast hurricanes, and Pakistans earthquake. It accounted for $7.4 billion of the $260.3 billion donated overall.
Volunteering Who is Doing What?
A new report pulls together information on volunteering
in the US, based on studies by the US Department of Labor Statistics and
the US Census Bureau. "Volunteering in America: State Trends and
Rankings," is available in free download at http://nationalservice.gov/about/volunteering/index.asp
here are some quick highlights from the report.
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