~ May 2008 ~
IssueLab –New Resource for Nonprofits, Volunteer Administrators, Journalists
Do you need facts on volunteerism? Interested in the state of volunteering in the UK? There is a new resource on the Internet.
Each year billions of charitable dollars are spent on nonprofit research, research which journalists, policy analysts, legislators, students, activists, and grant makers all rely on to effectively addresses complex social issues. Despite the widespread interest in this work and the billions of dollars spent each year to produce it, most nonprofit research remains unpublished, hard to find, underexposed, or archived in issue-specific information silos.
IssueLab is not just an online archive. Efforts of the organization are split between aggregating research on social issues and pushing that research back out to other online communities and end-users. The goal is to mainstream nonprofit and volunteerism research so that users who may not know anything about nonprofits can learn from the unique perspective of organizations that study social issues.
The April issue of IssueLab featured a new section on volunteerism with many resources useful to the manager of volunteers. Nancy Macduff, Publisher/Editor of Volunteer Today, was the guest editor for the issue. http://www.issuelab.org/home
Volunteering and the Happiness Factor
A new study reported in the March 21 issue of Science, shows a direct connection between prosocial activities; donating money, holding the door open for a disabled person, or spending an afternoon volunteering, and increases in happiness for the giver. 632 people were asked about their incomes and what was spent on specific items. Another survey asked about the spending of bonuses or windfalls. In both cases people who spent a large percentage on “prosocial activities” were significantly happier with their decisions than when they only paid bills or splurged on themselves.
Google Offers Free Site To Help Nonprofits
Google, the Internet search company, has opened a free portal for nonprofit organizations that explains how to adopt Google features and software for charitable work. The available tools include an email program, mapping software, blog software, tools to analyze Internet traffic, and a grants search engine. All are free to nonprofits.
Immigration Training Resource Available
Some programs need to train volunteers on the immigrant experience in the US before the individual begins their assignments. It is important for the volunteer to understand the choices a person must make, dealing with detention or deportation, or trying for citizenship. A new free video game is aimed at helping people understand the illegal immigrant experience. Breakthrough, a NY based human rights organization has created I Can End Deportation (ICED).
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