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Volunteer Wellington has released this guide for Managers of Volunteers to provide practical tips, tools, and resources to help develop their volunteer program. The guide is intended to complement theCompetencies for Managers of Volunteers that were developed by Volunteering New Zealand. As a manager of non-profit organisations, the resource will act as a first or next step for developing individual aspects of your volunteer program.
By the New England Network for Child, Youth & Family Services. A toolkit that takes a clear-eyed look at what volunteers can really do in child- and youth-serving agencies, and how to get started growing or improving your own volunteer program, whatever your setting.
By the New England Network for Child, Youth & Family Services -- a toolkit that takes a clear-eyed look at what volunteers can really do in child- and youth-serving agencies, and how to get started growing or improving your own volunteer program, whatever your setting.
, 2010, pp. 54
A series of nine books by Volunteer Northwest Territories and Volunteer Nunavut in Canada for volunteers and volunteer groups in small and large communities. The link here is to book 1, which links to the other 8 booklets of 40 pages each., 2004, pp. 40
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Focuses on prevention, treatment, and recovery services for substance abuse and mental illness; however, the principles described apply to any field and may help organizations understand how to start and manage a successful volunteer program.
IvanScheier was one of the most instrumental and forward-thinking leaders in the volunteerism field for over three decades. Before his death in 2008, Ivan gave more than 700 pages of his innovative writings, most out of print and only available online, to Regis University. This remains a remarkable trove of cutting-edge ideas, notably about volunteer-employee relations and the role of the volunteer resources manager.
CNIB (Canadian Institute for the Blind) shares an array of excellent resources to foster a culture of volunteerism within your organization. Under a Government of Ontario grant, CNIB developed a series of resources identifying best practices for partnering with volunteers. The documents – manuals, toolkits, training guides and templates – are posted on the CNIB Ontario website. One goal was to share these resources and best practices with other not-for-profit organizations, and to assist them with their inclusion goals. While these documents have been created with CNIB examples, you can adapt these Word versions for your own purposes. Some of the materials focus on working with volunteers who have vision disabilities.
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 national service hub for sharing training and technical assistance information among CNCS (Corporation for National and Community Service) programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, VISTA, and NCCC, but with a great deal of freematerial relevant to any leader of volunteers in general.
This handbook is a resource guide for VISTAs in charge of managing school-based volunteers. Although much of this handbook is site specific (relating only to Sanchez Elementary School in Austin, TX), all of the information should be helpful to anyone managing a school-based volunteering program or working with volunteers in general.
The MT Governor's Commission on Community Service created the Volunteer Management Toolkit with different modules on the basics of starting and running a volunteer program. You can download the full toolkit, a specific section, or the templates and exercises in an editable format.
Wide range of information on volunteer management and virtual volunteering, from the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
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 Administration: Competencies for Success
Online course developed by Barry Boyd at Texas A&M University in the basics of volunteer management, based on the GEMS model developed by the Extension Service. There are 6 modules with a set of lessons and supporting materials for each. All the information is available at no cost, but contact the instructor for how to obtain academic credit. Video introduction included.
For volunteers and volunteer managers looking for advice and information about how to support volunteering -- find articles, information sheets, case studies and links to other helpful guidance or external websites
Is managing volunteers only part of your job? Or just not enough hours in a day? Learn to build a management team and and feel some relief from carrying the whole weight of leading volunteer involvement alone.
35 experts in volunteerism explore innovative volunteer engagement approaches that are reshaping nonprofits and their communities, and share how you can put these insights into action in your own organization.
Ever wondered where volunteers find their inspiration, what makes someone a great leader? Tonyehn Verkitus, the Senior VP of Nonprofit Engagement at GiveGab, interviews volunteers doing amazing things, leaders who inspire debate, and nonprofits finding creative solutions to problems big and small. "Snapshots" in 7 Questions take a small dip into the lives of people who do big things. New interview monthly. Free archive of all podcasts remains available.