Today frequently receives inquiries about appropriate salaries for
managers of volunteer programs. The United Way of King County (WA) Volunteer
Center has recently completed a salary survey of 323 nonprofit organizations
for 124 job titles. It accounts for more than 15,000 employees. Any nonprofit
leader or government-based administrator can use the information to do
such things as setting wages and benefits packages. You can obtain a free
PDF copy of this survey at http://www.uwkc.org/nonprofit/wagesrv.
More than one hundred volunteer resource manager professionals
gathered in Dallas in early October
to learn and discuss managing volunteers. There were plenary sessions,
dinners, workshops, seminars, and good cheer. If you want to see picture
of the group at work, visit their Web site. http://avrm.org/.
Volunteer Today tracks societal trends that
have the potential of impacting volunteerism, in all its many manifestations.
Here are some predictions from the World Futurist Society.
It is expected
that counterfeit currency will increase, driving countries around the
world to "cashless" societies.
fiscal imbalance will get worse with unsustainable levels in as little
as 20 years.
show a shrinking labor force and greater income disparity. The new jobs
require pricey education often out of reach for most working class families.
expected declines in fertility in developing countries and longevity
in rich countries is playing havoc with population predictions. The
United Nations has increased its forecast for global population from
9.1 billion to 9.2 billion by 2050.
from poor countries are temporary, working long enough to send money
to family back home. Other immigrants elect to put down roots and become
a permanent part of their adopted country. It is predicted that the
competing interests of permanent and temporary immigrant groups will
become more apparent as time goes on.
on the verge of species extinction, perhaps 1000 times greater than
any previous extinction since the dawn of humanity, according the World
Resources Institute. Experts contend that incorporating local communities'
economic interests into conservation plans is essential to species protection.
will experience the impacts of climate change more severely than the
rest of the world.
a "miracle" drug! It has been found to help reduce risk of
death from heart disease and cancer. The active ingredient helps blood
vessels relax thus improving blood flow.
be to the 21st Century what oil was in the 20th century. Water shortages
and drought conditions are spreading in both the developed and developing
world. California is in the process of building 13 desalination plants
to provide 10%-20% of the states water in the next 20 years.
will soon be a thing of the past. Surveillance technology and the rise
of sites like MySpace and YouTube are increasing the drive toward exhibitionism.
education online will increase. Currently 10% of higher education is
conducted online. 30% of corporate training is of the E variety. It
is expected that will soon exceed 50%.
leads to illiteracy. Conventional definitions of literacy will shift
as voice-recognition software for computers is enhanced. Education will
shift from teaching reading, writing, and math to encouraging creativity,
imagination, and critical thinking.
will die alone. In Japan and the U.S. increasing numbers of elderly
people face death without immediate family nearby. New private, nonprofit,
and government services are emerging to meet the needs.
in the workforce is on a steady decline. By 2020 only 70% of working-age
men will be working. Reasons: more time in school and taking time off
to enjoy life rather than wait for retirement.
events will become more common and deadly.
East could experience three decades of all-out war following the US
and allied troop withdrawals.
Some predictions - Just for Fun
may enact happiness-promoting policies. Sweden bans ads aimed at kids
to help reduce consumerism associated with unhappiness.
health professionals recommend spending money on "experiences"
such as family vacations, rather than "stuff." The memories
are more long lasting.
changing jeans??? The smart fabric and intelligent textiles folks
are working to bring color changing jeans, evening wear that emits
different scents as our mood changes, and undergarments that monitor
our vital signs.
fabrics will increasingly be made from organic resources, such as
corn, rice, sugar cane residue, and grass, rather than oil. And a
bonus, the fabric is biodegradable.
particles can pack a wallop in new cosmetics. You will find bug repellents,
sun screen, and antibacterial properties in such things as blush and
that dissolve! Fabrics made with clear polymers will break down slowly
under normal wear and dissolve quickly when dropped in hot water.
Sadly this idea uses oil and makes it less environmentally friendly.