Volume I, Issue 1, October 2000

The Birth of a New Journal

How and Why We Started
Welcome to the first issue of e-Volunteerism! In a rare quiet moment during a training session in England more than two years ago, we started discussing the intriguing idea of collaborating on a new publishing venture. We both wanted to expand the forums available to examine volunteer-related issues, but simply could not imagine ourselves finding the time or money to launch a printed magazine. But now we had the amazing potential of the Internet to consider--and that changed everything... Read more

Volunteering and volunteer work have changed dramatically in the last few years. So too have management practices in the not-for-profit sector as shrinking resources combined with increasing demands for service press administrators to search for new ways of doing business. One of the consequences... Read more
Voluntary action in the United Kingdom has never had such a high profile. The UK government has committed itself to achieving a step change in volunteering and has developed a high-profile Active Communities Initiative to help bring this about. The last National Survey (Davis Smith 1998) found that... Read more
Retaining volunteers is both an indicator of and a key to success in volunteer management. When volunteers keep coming back, it is a sign that the program is being managed in a reasonable way. The return of trained and seasoned volunteers gives the Volunteer Program Manager more time to be... Read more
Jane Leighty Justis' Mission to Reveal Volunteerism as a Magnet for Funders and a Key to Organizational Sustainability
As Told to
A Familiar Scenario At this very moment, in a small Midwest city in the United States, the Development Director of a nonprofit agency is preparing a grant proposal to fund a new program her agency seeks to launch. She is frustrated because similar proposals have been turned down by a number of the... Read more
Ivan's Musings
One of our most significant problems as a profession is that we cannot find each other. It is difficult to speak to or for a constituency we can't always find. We don't always know where to throw our pearls of wisdom and we don't usually have the kind of numbers (of professionals, that is) that... Read more
Yes...Susan Ellis Let's start by discarding the issue of pay as irrelevant. While it is true that the practice of any profession most often allows members to earn a living (and usually, but not always, a better wage than someone outside of a profession), being on the payroll is not, in itself, a... Read more
In this issue of "Along the Web" we focus on liability, risk management and other legal issues pertinent to volunteering. These legal areas tend to be very jurisdiction-specific. We've limited the list here to countries with a common background in the English system, but we've marked each item with... Read more
Getting your workshop off on the right foot is essential. Like the appetizers to the full meal, icebreakers allow participants to get a taste of what is to follow. As with every other part of effective training successful icebreakers result from proper planning and interactive, experiential... Read more
DOVIAs and Professional Networks
Participants: Includes seven participants from six states and one province, collectively representing at least 21 different professional networks/associations for volunteer program managers at the local, state/provincial, national and international levels! Introduction Toward the end of summer,... Read more
Global Perspectives
Moderated by
Participants from Australia, Italy, Brazil, Finland, Japan, Lebanon and North America This Keyboard Roundtable included participants from six different countries, representing vastly different volunteerism cultures. The group was asked to respond primarily to the question of "How Possible Is... Read more
  If you are a volunteerism practitioner in North America, you have probably heard the name "Harriet Naylor" somewhere. The Association for Volunteer Administration has named its most prestigious award after her, as have several state associations.1 She is frequently referenced as a pioneer and... Read more
An Invitation to Our Readers to Help Us Design, Create and Staff a Feature that Will Integrate All-Volunteer Organization Views If everything had gone according to plan, what you would have found on this page would have been a third Keyboard Roundtable discussing a topic of special concern to the... Read more