Ethics

Materials dealing with the "gray areas" of volunteer management -- philosophical and moral challenges that may arise.

America's Voluntary Spirit, Brian O'Connell, 1998
The Choice of the Citizen: Pay Taxes, Do Without, or Volunteer, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2011
Common Sense and Volunteer Involvement, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2012
Corporate Citizenship: A Tax in Disguise?, Richard Teather, 2003
Challenging the philosophy behind the practice.
Creating a Statement of Philosophy on Volunteer Engagement, Betty B. Stallings with Susan J. Ellis, Energize Inc., 2010
The Difference Between Feedback and Power, Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Building Movement Project blog, 2016
The Emergence of Female Activism in US History, Anne Firor Scott, Natural Allies, pp. 37-38, University of Illinois Press, 1997
Good Intentions Going Nowhere -- Again, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2010
The History of Volunteer Involvement in Seven Stages, Susan J. Ellis, Appeared as an "On Volunteers" column in The NonProfit Times
The Holiday Season: Going Beyond "Feel-Good" Volunteering, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1997
If the Whole World is Changing, Can Volunteerism Stay the Same?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1999
The Implications of History, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2006
Lessening Social Exclusion through Volunteering, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1999
Limiting Volunteers through Insurance Requirements, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2010
Making an Impact When You Spend Money, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2003
The Money Factor in Volunteer Management, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1999
Money is No Object, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2001
The Moral Obligation of Volunteer Recruitment Promises, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2007
Moving on from 2001, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2002
On Being a Dream-Catcher, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2000
Philanthropy, Civic Engagement, and the Lessons of Volunteering, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1999
Professional Ethics in Volunteer Administration
oiginally developed by the former Association for Volunteer Administration and kept current by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration http://cvacert.org/
A Proposal for Five Additional Goals after the Summit, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1997
Purity and Reality: For-Profit Consulting in Volunteerism, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2001
Raising Money through Volunteer Labor, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2003
Redirecting Corporate Volunteering, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1997
Replacing Volunteers with Paid Staff, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2008
Rethinking Volunteer Engagement, Volunteer Canada, 2001
Revisiting the Seven Deadly Sins of Directing Volunteers, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2013
Servi-Tourism, Ann Hulbert, Slate
Should We Cap the Number of Hours a Volunteer May Serve Each Week?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2013
Tackling Causes Not Symptoms: New/Old Roles for Volunteers, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2001
Volunteering in For-Profit Settings: Exploitation or Value Added?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2000
Volunteering Is Inherently Political, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2012
Volunteering: Noble Gesture or the Logic of Necessity?
detailed book review of Volunteers and Volunteering, highlighting key issues in Australia and elsewhere
Volunteering: The Human Face of Democracy, Jennifer Wilkinson and Michael Bittma, 2002
Volunteerism Past and Present, Susan J. Ellis and Katherine H. Campbell, Ch.12, pp. 353-5, Energize Inc., 2005
A Volunteerism Perspective on the Days after the 11th of September, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2001
Volunteers as the "Third Branch" of an Organization, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1997
Volunteers Should Not Be Second-Class Taxpayers, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2008
War and Volunteers: History Repeats Itself, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2003
What Does Love Look Like Politically?, Bob Seidel, 2003
Excellent, provocative article examining social justice and controversies in service-learning and other places where "diversity" is a focus.
Which would most benefit your organisation...
Directory of Social Change (UK), February 2011 "Quick Survey Analysis" on the question: Which would most benefit your organisation, a 10,000 cash donation or an equivalent value in volunteers (or volunteer hours)?-- 91% chose the cash.
Why Young People Should Be Decision Makers, Jenny Sazama and Karen S. Young, pp. 4-6, Youth on Board, 2001
The World According to Volunteer Experience, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2002
"You Get What You Pay For", Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2010
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

For Disaster Response Volunteers, First Responders and Disaster Planners, by the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD). Also see VOAD's "Disaster Spiritual Care," a statement of principles about spiritual and emotional support of disaster workers. 

, 2013, pp. 64
Charity Village: Ethics

From CharityVillage (Canada), this archive of questions and answers to ethical questions focuses on sticky issues confronted by nonprofit boards.

Church Volunteer Daily (blog)

Daily postings - which can also be received by e-mail -- with tips for volunteer ministry. Although the content sometimes is religious (Christian), most of the time the suggestions are applicable to any volunteer-involving organization, even secular ones.

Codes of Ethics

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has compiled this list of online resources for creating codes of ethics.

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 Ethical Volunteer

A video travel guide for volunteering abroad that ensures each placement is of benefit both to volunteers and their host communities.

Helping the Poor: Friendly visiting, dole charities and dole queues

155-page PDF by Robert Whelan for Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society, London, 2001, examining the roots of organized charity in England from the "volunteer person of leisure" to paid social workers.

Nonprofit Issues

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.

Project Volunteer.cz

The English-language site of the volunteer resource center in the Czech Republic on which there are several provocative articles about the meaning of volunteering in socialist and formerly-communist countries.

Schools of Citizenship: Charity and Civic Virtue

70-page PDF by Frank Prochaska for Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society, London, 2002, thoughtfully examining the history of voluntary collective action in Britain versus the rise of the welfare state.

The Serious Leisure Perspective

Canadian academic William A. Stebbins has devoted his career to studying the connection of leisure to work and volunteering,as well as professional to amateur. The site offers a wealth of materials, including a Digital Library of many articles.

Print and e-Books in Our Store

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Refugees and asylum-seekers are potential new volunteers in England and other countries. Learn how to reach out successfully to involve this growing population for mutual benefits.

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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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Provocative booklet that urges a new attitude toward young people as affected by adultism and shows how to be more welcoming to young leaders.

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