Infrastructure to Support Volunteering

Sarah J. Butler
By Susan J. Ellis. Provides a complete discussion of the role of a volunteer center and how to plan strategically for one. When the United Way of America let this book go out of print, Susan received permission to make it available online free of charge. Despite the dated title, the material is still very pertinent today for anyone starting or re-assessing a volunteer center.
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Have you found it easier to recruit a volunteer to do frontline, hands-on work than to accept a leadership position on a board of directors, advisory council, or key committee? This universal concern is also seen in DOVIAs.

June 2006

Wouldn't It Be Nice to Really Know

By Susan J. Ellis

Despite a few official volunteer statistics, we really do not have many facts. If we want to encourage researchers to do serious data collection about our field, then we need to articulate some better questions to ask. 

April 2006

Why a New Association Should Serve the USA

By Susan J. Ellis

In part 2 of her response to the dissolution of AVA, Susan explains why it’s important for a professional association to start with (and usually maintain) a single-nation focus rather than an international one. 

March 2006

A Call to Action on Behalf of Our Profession

By Susan J. Ellis

The Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) is no more. Susan muses on what we can learn from the demise of AVA to guide us in doing things better in the future and exhorts colleagues to take action. 


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