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~December 2010 ~


The wise administrator of volunteer services is one who bases actions and opinions on “trend tracking.”  This is a proactive step to be well informed on the issues and information that impact volunteering, and especially in the type of organization in which the individual works.  For example, many arts and history organizations are facing budget cuts due to reduced donations from individual donors and foundations, this had been predicted by many as early as 2008.  Knowing this type of information that has an  impact on the volunteer program, as well as the entire institution, is a key to planning.  There are digital resources to keep current and informed. 

Why bother?  Knowing something about the broad picture of trends, as well as the micro-details of your own job, increases internal credibility and allows for planning in advance to improve the state of a volunteer effort.  Here are some sites to help keep you informed.





Web Sites

Web site  is a collection of related web pages, images, and videos related to a common address—the A web site is hosted on at least one Web server and is accessible via a network on the Internet.
All publicly accessible websites collectively constitute the World Wide Web.

  • Information on all aspects of volunteer administration:  recruiting, training, recognition, etc.
  • Training opportunities
  • Professional development resources

Volunteer Today www.volunteertoday.com
Energize http://www.energizeinc.com/

Information Aggregators


In general internet terms, a news aggregation website is a website where headlines are collected and provided to the viewer on a regular schedule, usually through email
In computing, a feed aggregator, also known as a feed reader, news reader, rss reader or simply aggregator, aggregates syndicated web content such as news headlines, blogs, and podcasts in a single location for easy viewing.

  • Regular source of news on volunteerism
  • Regular source of information on issues pertinent to organization
  • Method to check your “buzz.”  This is how many time your program is mentioned on the Web

GoogleNews http://news.google.com/
YahooNews http://news.yahoo.com/


DrudgeReport http://www.drudgereport.com/

HuffingtonPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com/


Is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are often used to create collaborative wiki websites, to power community websites and management systems..
Wikis may exist to serve a specific purpose, and in such cases, users use their editorial rights to remove material that is considered "off topic." Such is the case of the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia.[2] In contrast, open purpose wikis accept content without firm rules as to how the content should be organized.
"Wiki" is a Hawaiian word for "fast.”

  • Get information on almost any topic
  • Learn how something works
  • Propose a question asked by a volunteer to one of the sites and get an answer

Wiki Answers http://wiki.answers.com/
Yahoo Answers http://answers.yahoo.com/
eHow http://www.ehow.com/
Askville http://askville.amazon.com/Index.do


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST



WIKI? Twitter? FaceBook? My Space? Email? You just figured out how to do an ezine. This workshop provides an overview of various forms of social media and their application in working effectively with volunteers.  Social media is not just for young folks. Learn how to use social media for such things as training, screening, communication, social support and much more. The cost of the AL!VE webinar trainings are $20 for members and $40 for non-members.

This webinar will be presented by Nancy Macduff, an internationally recognized trainer, consultant, and author on volunteer management and administration.  She has served 14 years as executive director of a nonprofit agency and nine years as the coordinator of a government volunteer program.  Nancy is currently the President of Macduff/Bunt Associates, a training and consulting firm, in Walla Walla, WA.  She is also on the faculty at the Institute for Nonprofit Management at Portland State University courses in the management of volunteer programs, at the basic and advanced level.  Nancy also is senior editor and publisher of the free online newsletter, “Volunteer Today.”

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