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~ August 2006 ~ Topics

International Journal of Volunteer Administration
A Professional Association - Progress Reports
Giving By Americans is Up
Volunteering – Who is Doing What?

JOB Vacancy

Volunteer Services Coordinator (20 hours/week), Washington, DC
Community Family Life Services assists low-income and homeless individuals on the road to permanent self-suffiency. Programs include emergency assistance, employment support, transitional housing and youth development and advocacy. We are seeking a part-time Volunteer Services Coordinator to recruit and successfully integrate volunteers into the our work. Experience in volunteer management strongly preferred, this program is ready to grow bigger. Responsibilities include overseeing annual walkathon participation, educational presentations, holiday donations and various one-time group projects as well as tracking of volunteer hours, recognition and maintenance of records. Click here for full job announcement. Send cover letter and resume to Carol Daugherty, cdaugherty@cflsdc.org, 305 E St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001 telephone: 202-347-0511 x405 or fax: 202-347-0520.


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:

  • Global Trends and the Challenges for Volunteerism
  • Involving International Online Volunteers: Factors for Success, Organizational Benefits, and New Views of Community
  • Declining Profit Margin: When Volunteers Cost More Than They Return

There are also book reviews and commentary. Address: http://www.ijova.org/.


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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:

The Communications/PR Team has developed a list of potential names or the new organization. From the survey conducted by the Survey Working Group, the Team drew from the words that ranked the highest from the responses to the survey. Through the course of the Team's conversations, a few additional words were included. After this list was generated, the Team brainstormed 25 potential names of the new association and voted for each Team member's personal top three preferred organizational names.

These names are now presented to the Task Force and Roundtable professional community to garner input. The Team sees this as a starting point in the conversation and welcomes input from all interested parties.

Please vote on your preferred organization name or feel free to suggest another one. The poll will be open for the next weeks and will close on Friday, August 11, 2006. To vote, go to http://vrm-roundtable.org and click on the "Vote" link in the upper left corner of the home page. Please let your colleagues know about the poll as well -- everyone working in the VRM field is welcome and encouraged to weigh in on a name.

Once the poll is closed, results will be announced on the VRM-ROUNDTABLE public discussion list, on the VRM Roundtable website, and to the volunteer resources management community at large.


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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 2005—Indonesian tsunamis, Gulf coast hurricanes, and Pakistan’s earthquake. It accounted for $7.4 billion of the $260.3 billion donated overall.

  • Individuals provided $199.07 billion
  • Foundations provided $30 billion
  • Bequests were $17.44 billion
  • Corporations provided $13.77 billion.

The report is published by the Giving USA Foundation.


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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.

59.8 million people reported volunteering in 2002; in 2005 it was 65.4

Percentage of those volunteering has moved from 27.4% to 28.8% in four years

35% of volunteers serve as coach, referee, tutor, mentor

29.7% fund raise or sell things to raise money

26.3 collect, prepare, distribute, or serve food

22% engage in general labor, such as driving people

17% provide professional or management assistance, serve on board or committee

16% collect or make clothing or crafts or goods other than food

The largest number of volunteers are found in religious settings—34.8%

The next largest group of volunteers are found in educational and youth service areas –26.2%

The fewest volunteers are in the area of public safety –1.3%


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