~ April 2007 ~ Topics
Facts on Literacy
Managing volunteers can sometimes rely on the individual's ability to read. Reading and literacy are the focus of many volunteer programs. Here are some facts.
Cell Phone Advocacy
MobileActive is a network of people in Massachusetts who encourage civic engagement and volunteerism through cell phones. The group has a new guide on cell-phone advocacy. For more information, check out their website at: http://www.mobileactive.org/guides.
Nonprofit Postal Rates Up - Maybe?
Rates for US nonprofits are likely to increase by this time next month. The Postal Regulatory Commission has approved increases recommended by the US Postal Service. It would be 11.7% on periodicals and a 6.7% increase on flat mail. The latter is a decrease from the 8.9% increase that had been requested.
The Direct Marketing Association, which represents 400 nonprofit mailers has asked the Postal Service for a one-year delay in the rate increases. The DMA feels the increase would double postal costs for many nonprofits and be a hardship.
Nonprofit Programs Drive Others to Start Their Own Organizations
A March 5, 2007 editorial in Time magazine is a stirring indictment of the flexibility of many nonprofits in dealing with volunteers with creative ideas (See Volunteer Today Home page for article on Multiparadigm Volunteering Model to understand the changes in the ways people are asking to volunteering). Author Dan Kadlec opines that some people are frustrated with "how traditional nonprofits are run. Too many charities cling to an outmoded mission statement, are slow to give volunteers assignments, that excite them, and perhaps shun older helps."
Kadlec maintains that many people are abandoning these organizations and starting their own nonprofits. His editorial gives tips and hints on going about that endeavor in a sensible fashion. To read more his book is called, "The Power Years."
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