African-American Philanthropy: A Bibliography and Resource List
Excellent resources compiled by the Foundation Center.
Articles and reports about new directions in international corporate philanthropy, including employee volunteer programs. Search on keywords "corporate philanthropy" and "volunteering" to see complete list of resources.
Research and information on community participation by youth from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). Free fact sheets, tools for practice, and more.
Civil Society section of Citizendium
Civil society is the "arena of uncoerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values." This new wiki (2007) is being compiled by academic Roger A. Lohmann.
Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society
London-based independent research institute devoted to deepening public understanding of the legal, institutional and moral framework that makes a free and democratic society possible.
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.
Corporation for National and Community Service Research and Policy Reports
Various reports and studies on volunteering in the US, especially on youth service and AmeriCorps.
Digital Collections of IUPUI University Library
Archival material from the IUPUI University Library's Philanthropy Resources Online collection. Search keywords such as "volunteering," philanthropy," etc. Many journals from the 1960s-1990s have been digitized online here, so anyone looking for older material and historical archives can find treasures.
The Minnesota Council on Foundations has compiled links to Web sites and resources for philanthropy by diverse communities and cultures, including African-Americans, American Indians, Asian/Pacific Island Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans,Lesbians & Gays, the Disability Community, and others.
The European Civil Society Student Corner
Site created to make civil society and third sector research easily available to PhD candidates and other students in Europe.
Exploring Volunteering (blog)
By Patrick Daniels, UK-based volunteer and international activist. The blog's tag line: "Notes on thinking and research about the development of volunteering."
Giving and Volunteering in the Americas
From the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, this complete online journal issue contains more than 30 articles by various authors on some aspect of philanthropy, volunteering, corporate social responsibility, and more in Central and South American countries (particularly Brazil, Peru, and Mexico).
Growing to Greatness: The State of Service-Learning
Long-time advocate for service-learning, the National Youth Leadership Council has produced several detailed evaluation studies of the impact of student service, available as free downloads or for purchase in print.
Initiatives Opposed to Volunteering
Jayne Cravens has been collecting information for years on initiatives opposed to some or all volunteering (unpaid work), or ALL kinds of volunteering, including unpaid internships at nonprofit organizations/charities. It is also a list of online and print articles about or addressing controversies regarding volunteers replacing paid staff. Most of the links are to initiatives or actions in Europe or the USA. She keeps it updated, too.
This list has been compiled to help researchers regarding volunteerism, as well as for policy makers and volunteerism advocates who want to avoid these kinds of controversies at nonprofit organizations and government agencies. This list is also compiled to refute those who believe that there are no such controversies (believe it or not, those people DO exist).
Institute for Volunteering Research
Internationally-recognized, London-based leader in research truly focused on volunteers. See especially their Research Bulletins.
The Leir Institute Volunteer Management Library
This library in Israel run by the organization Yad Sarah comprises over 2,000 items in print and online that relate to volunteer management, most in English. They have started posting academic articles on volunteerism to CiteULike, linked here.
MEM-VOL Migrant and Ethnic Minority Volunteering
Reports from a trans-Europe research project from 2002-2006.
National Council on Citizenship
Chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1953, NCoC tracks, measures and promotes civic participation and engagement in partnership with other organizations, focusing on ways to enhance history and civics education, encourage national and community service, and promote greater participation in the political process. Site offers many reports relevant to volunteerism, including the annual Civic Health Index that measures a wide variety of civic indicators.
This UK consulting and research firm provides free -- and well-written -- reports on many aspects of trends in nonprofit management, online charity outreach, and volunteering. You must register your e-mail address to download PDFs.
Nonprofit Management Education: Current Offerings in University Based Programs
Seton Hall University maintains this site of educational opportunities in the US for nonprofit management, including courses in volunteer management.
Site with research findings and reports on the voluntary sector in Canada, with many items on volunteering.
PACE - Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement
A learning community, not a funding community, of grantmakers and donors committed to strengthening democracy by using the power, influence and resources of philanthropy to open pathways to civic, democratic and community participation. PACE does not make grants or serve as a conduit for those seeking grants from PACE members.
Pathways to Participation: What creates and sustains active citizenship?
Pathways through Participation was a two-and-a-half year qualitative research project in the UK led by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in partnership with the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) and Involve that ended in 2011. However, the research reports remain online for free download and with occasional updates.
Special Collection on Volunteerism
Regis University in Denver, Colorado has been amassing one of the field's largest online depositories " to collect, preserve, promote and encourage research and study in the field of volunteerism." Includes the Ivan Scheier Archive.
Survey Measures of Youth Civic Engagement
CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) and their colleagues have developed and tested various measures of young adults’ “civic engagement” (including their political participation; their community service and local civic work; and their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values). These measures are available for anyone to use.
Toolkit for Working with Rural Volunteers
The results of a a pioneering three-year research project on rural volunteerism by the Office of Surface Mining (OSM), AmeriCorps VISTA, and community/watershed improvement organizations throughout Appalachia and the Rocky Mountain West, this site shares approaches to volunteer recruitment, management and retention that are successful in rural settings.
Volunteer Now (formerly Volunteer Development Agency - Northern Ireland)
Reasearch studies and reports developed in Northern Ireland, available for free download as PDFs.
Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa (VOSESA)
VOSESA was founded in Johannesburg, South Africa by an Irish initiative to research and publish on the latest developments in service policy and programs, and on the impact of service on democratic values, citizenship and socio-economic development. Service Enquiry was a series of publications published from 2008 to 2013, when funding ended for the project. Free downloads of past issues remain in English and Spanish on the Web site.
Volunteering in America
Interactive site from the Corporation for National and Community Service, offering six years of data on volunteering, rankings of states and cities, and volunteer trends and demographic information for every state and 162 large and mid-sized cities.
Volunteers and Volunteering Research Collection
Resources developed from projects funded by the Canada Volunteerism Initiative'sKnowledge Development Centre (2002 - 2007) and the International Year of Volunteers Research Program (2001 - 2002). Site provided by Imagine Canada.
World Leisure Organization Commission on Volunteerism
A site about research on volunteering as a major form of leisure activity, the dissemination of the knowledge generated by such research, and the development of an expanding role of volunteerism as leisure and in leisure programs and services. Site also explains: An important assumption in this mandate, which springs from the leisure perspective, is that volunteering, among things, is primarily a creative, society-building activity. However, it loses this quality when it becomes merely a money-saving strategy imposed upon an altruistic citizenry by either the public or the private sector.
Linked with The Serious Leisure Perspective site.
World Volunteer Web - UN Volunteers
As a follow up to the International Year of Volunteers 2001, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) has created a comprehensive Web site offering continuing news of worldwide volunteer efforts, including government actions, research reports, and links to international volunteer resources.
World Volunteer Web -- International Research Studies
Extensive -- and intriguing -- list of studies on volunteerism in dozens of countries around the world, compiled by this site run through United Nations Volunteers.