BOOKS AND RESOURCES
~ June 2008~
The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management
By far the most comprehensive look at the whole area of working with volunteers in the nonprofit environment is the Jossey-Bass Handbook. Robert D. Herman gathered academics and practitioners to craft a college text second to none.
The book, a hefty 779 pages is divided into five sections: Context and Institutions; Key Leadership Issues; Managing Operations; Developing and Managing Financial Resources; and Managing People. Individual chapter are written by individuals with specialized knowledge of the topic at hand. Steve McCurley's chapter titled "Keeping the Community Involved" is especially useful. If you work with committees, understanding the structure in a governance organization goes a long way in helping you to understand how to more effectively manage committees you are responsible for.
The book is definitely not light beach reading, but rather an encyclopedic look as all aspects of the nonprofit environment and the people who provide the support for them to function.
For more information on this book visit the Jossey-Bass site.
VolunteerMatch is an online service to match volunteers with opportunities to serve. Its am is to help anyone in the US find a great place to volunteer. Organizations that engage volunteers sign up for a free service to list their positions. Volunteers can search for volunteer opportunities by zip code, type of work, or type of organization. 55,000 organizations have signed up so far.
What makes the service unique for managers of volunteers is what comes with this free service. There is a newsletter, Webinars (online learning seminars), tips, tricks, and stories from people who actual use the service and share their successes. VolunteerMatch applies for grants to conduct research and provide information to the field on how to effective engage volunteers. A current project is aimed at increasing volunteering among baby boomers.
The service from VolunteerMatch does not stop with providing a really nifty database, but a firm organizational commitment to helping managers of volunteer programs improve their programs at the grass roots level.
To learn more visit VolunteerMatch
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