Community Organizing

Materials about running volunteer projects in neighborhoods -- people helping each other even if not associated with a formal organization.

10 Qualities of Great Community Leaders, Robert Parmer, 2015
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Both Receiving and Giving, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2010
The Choice of the Citizen: Pay Taxes, Do Without, or Volunteer, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2011
A Decade In, Twitter Is the Real-Time Pulse of Nonprofit Advocacy, Tom Watson, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 2016
The Difference Between Feedback and Power, Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Building Movement Project blog, 2016
From Organizing Charity to Building Community, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2008
Get the Most Support: Blending Money, Things, and People, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2016
Give Volunteers a Voice, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1998
How to Profit with a Nonprofit Partner, Richard Steckel, Robin Simons, Jeffrey Simons, and Norman Tanen, Making Money While Making a Difference, High Tide Press, 1999
Lessening Social Exclusion through Volunteering, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1999
Let’s Help People Help Each Other, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2014
Making Conflict Constructive, Frances Moore, The Quickening of America: Rebuilding Our Nation, Remaking Our Live, pp. 251-253, 1994
The Need for Institutional Memory, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2003
The Perfect Volunteer Storm, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2012
Philanthropy, Civic Engagement, and the Lessons of Volunteering, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1999
The Self-Directed Volunteer, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2010
Volunteer Lobbyists: Utilizing Nonprofits' Advocacy Assets, Michael S. Duncan, 2003

published student paper, RGK Center, UT-Austin

We Can Model True Collaboration, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2005

From the  Alliance for Nonprofit Management (The Alliance) and the Building Movement Project (BMP). Offers information, tools, case studies and other resources to develop core competencies on constituent and community engagement -- to facilitate efforts to integrate the voice of community members and constituents into the daily practice of nonprofit organizations.

, 2015, pp. 32
A workbook designed to familiarize community organizers with the process of developing collective leadership across the traditional boundaries of race, class, gender and culture. A publication of the Kellogg Leadership for Community Change project. , pp. 60
A comprehensive online guide about volunteering and community participation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, from Beyond Barriers in Scotland.
Department for Communities, Government of Western Australia (revised). The guidelines focus on direct involvement of volunteers or volunteer groups in contributing to the work of public sector agencies. , 2010, pp. 28
A Guide to Implementing Neighboring and Its Asset-Based Community Development Principles, from Points of Light., 2011, pp. 159

By Nora L. Silver, based on work done by The Volunteerism Project on volunteering by diverse ethnic/cultural groups. Seven focus groups provided the basis for the book:

  • A Chorus of Voices, African American focus group facilitated by Vicki Clark in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Self-Determination: Messages for Our Native Youth, two American Indian focus groups conducted by Kouslaa Kessler-Mata in Oakland and San Francisco, California
  • Uno Recibe lo que Uno Da: You Get What You Give, Central American focus group conducted in Spanish, facilitated by Coco Mendoza and translated by Gary Wheelock in San Francisco, California
  • Extending the Family, Chinese American focus group conducted by Mae Chao in San Francisco, California
  • Giving Generously, Japanese American focus group conducted by Mami Ishikawa in Berkeley, California
  • Three Continents, Four States, Ten Cities, Korean American focus group facilitated by Debbie Ng in Oakland, California
  • La Gran Familia, Mexican American focus group facilitated by Ramon del Castillo, with simultaneous translation by Patsy Roybal in Denver, Colorado
, 2011, pp. 131

Based on an oral history project in Belast, Volunteer NOW and VSB Beldast present a history of volunteering in Belfast, Northern Ireland through personal remembrances of dozens of volunteers and several historians. Show how volunteering for peace and reconciliaton during that city's "Troubles" between 1968 and 1998, it gives insight social activism.

, 2010, pp. 162

Study sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation to: 1) deepen understanding of volunteer engagement in rural communities; 2) examine the applicability of the neighboring model to rural communities; and 3) identify practices that document and support volunteering and neighboring by, in and with under-resourced rural communities.

, 2004, pp. 153
by Kathryn Montgomery, Barbara Gottlieb-Robles, and Gary O. Larson, a report from American University's Center for Social Media about how an online youth civic culture, largely unnoticed by the general public, has taken root on the Internet and is fostering Generation Y's participation in U.S. politics and community affairs , 2004, pp. 158
Ashoka - Innovators for the Public

Network of social entrepreneurs worldwide. 

Centre for Community Enterprise

Canadian site focused on revitalizing and mobilizing communities. Includes the online journal,Making Waves.

CIRCLE

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.

The Citizen's Handbook

Written by Charles Dobson and the Vancouver (Canada) Citizen's Committee, this is one of the best quick guides to community organizing on the Web.

Collective Impact Forum

"Collective impact" is an emerging form of community collaboration. This site expains the concept and offers many free articles about it.

Collective Impact Forum

"Collective impact" is an emerging form of community collaboration. This site expains the concept and offers many free articles about it.

Community Builders New South Wales

An interactive clearing house where users are encouraged to contribute to content and ongoing development. The site was developed by the New South Wales (AU) government in response to a desire expressed by communities across NSW to access information about what others are doing and what works to make their community safer and more inclusive, enterprising and resilient.

 

Community Toolbox

The Community Tool Box offers over 7,000 free pages of practical guidance on essential skills for building healthy communities for people working to make a difference. The resources are organized by: 1) Learn a Skill (training in specific skills of community work); 2) Plan the Work (Toolkits outline tasks, examples, and supports for 16 core competencies); 3) Solve a Problem ("Troubleshooting Guides" for common challenges, questions for analysis, and links); 4) Use Promising Approaches (Evidence, examples, and links); and 5) Connect with Others (Learn from others by asking an advisor and finding other online resources).

Grassroots Activism

See how the National Rifle Association's Grassroots Division encourages its members to organize at the local level -- be prepared to see some familiar suggestions.

Hello, My Name is Scott

Unusual, funny, and wise Web site devoted to the power and uses of nametags (yes, nametags) to foster interaction among strangers. See the free article section.

LawForChange

"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.

LGBT Consortium (UK)

Have created an entire Web area with free downloadable resources called collectively:Volunteering on a Shoestring (not another toolkit!). Written in 2008 for the LGBT community but applicable to any setting, especially those at the grassroots level. Includes PDF guides, templates and case studies. (Update: As of 2014, contents available only to members.)

National Network for Collaboration Training

Devoted to "the goal of community collaboration,...to bring individuals and members of communities, agencies and organizations together in an atmosphere of support to systematically solve existing and emerging problems that could not be solved by one group alone. Offers a variety of tools, self-training materials, and more to support community collaborative efforts.

Neighboring

A special project of Points of Light aimed at organizing low income communities to strengthen families and work together. Many free resources to download.

NetAction / The Virtual Activist

Site dedicated to helping activists use Internet technology. Includes an archive of articles from 1996-2003 and a self-guided training course on "Using the Internet for Outreach and Organizing," available in English and Spanish at:http://www.netaction.org/training/versions.html

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. 

PTO Today

Wonderful publication and online resource for parent-teacher organizations -- but with all sorts of useful nuggets for ANY all-volunteer organization.

Publicus.net

A site devoted to "public strategies for the online world," this link takes you an archive of articles about e-citizenship. Also see archive of postings to DoWire.org --Democracies Online

Transforming Communities

The organization Transforming Communities addresses gender-based violence through grass-roots social change efforts. This Web site offers a range of resources to guide community organizing, regardless of the issue involved.

VolunteerLocal

Online service to organize, manage, schedule and communicate with volunteers. The free version is especially good for scheduling volunteer shifts at events. The paid versions offer advanced features. Sponsor the vonteer matching site Happy Volunteering.

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Exploring Volunteer Space cover

A philosophic-yet-practical exploration of the universe of volunteering, attempting to describe, define, and explain how and where volunteering occurs.

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Challenges conventional wisdom about boards, fundraising, and membership development when applied to grassroots volunteer efforts. Includes great group interaction exercises.

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