Laws and legal guidelines affecting volunteers and the organizations involving them -- from a range of countries.
Measuring Volunteering: A Practical Toolkit
Independent Sector and UNV, designed as a toolkit to assist countries in conducting surveys assessing their national, regional, and local volunteer levels, 40-pg. PDF
When newspapers in England reported of serious breaches of trust between volunteers and their organisations in 2009, Volunteering England was prompted to set up the Volunteer Rights Inquiry to begin to understand the nature and scope of the problems experienced by volunteers and identify suitable remedies. This Interim Report goes into detail about the findings of the intensive set of hearings held. In 2014, a Final report of the Call to Action Progress Group following the Volunteer Rights Inquiry was produced by NCVO.
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"Advancing the Community Together" (ACT) Partnership
Site outlining the "Partnership between the Volunteer Sector and the South Australian Government," through that state's Office for Volunteers.
Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement
Provides voluntary and not-for-profit organizations in Canada with a philosophical framework for involving volunteers at the governance, leadership and direct service levels. The Code outlines the values, principles, and standards for effective volunteer practices within organizations. It also includes the Organization Standards Checklist.
Daily blog written by lawyer Ellis Carter, who specializes in nonprofit law. Volunteer issues are often presented and can be searched by keyword.
Community Development Policy (New Zealand)
NZ government site offering policy statements, reports,and other materials on volunteering as well as other community development, including a study of Maori volunteering.
eLaws: Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor
The US Department of Labor's explanation of the FLSA as it applies to volunteers, including employees as volunteers.
European Commission Youth Programme
Non-formal education programme targeting young people aged between 15 and 25 years in 31 European countries.
"LawForChange is a unique legal resource for people and organizations dedicated to improving lives and bringing about positive social change. The site combines in one place a broad menu of legal information prepared by leading law firms and lawyers and specifically tailored to the needs of social sector organizations in the United States." One area of the site provides links to free legal tools applicable to different states.
Nonprofit Issues® is a national Web newsletter of "Nonprofit Law You Need To Know." Written for nonprofit executives and their advisors, lawyer Donald Kramer provides clear, concise and comprehensive coverage of real issues that affect nonprofits every day. While there is a fee for subscribing to the full publication or participating in webinars, sign up for the free weekly e-mailed "Question and Answer" where Don Kramer responds to readers' questions on topics of general interest, often volunteer-related.
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Last Updated: December 2, 2016