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Volunteer Work Design

Books and articles devoted to this subject or that have a substantial component on the subject are shown below.

Exploring Volunteer Space coverExploring Volunteer Space

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

Book coverBetter Safe

Demystifies risk management and sets out in plain language what every volunteer program needs to know about this sometimes scary, always critical subject.

Children as VolunteersChildren as Volunteers

The only book focusing on engaging volunteers under the age of fourteen in agency or community organizations.

Building Staff / Volunteer RelationsBuilding Staff/Volunteer Relations

Insight into (and humor about) the reasons for tension between employees and volunteers and practical strategies for designing satisfying work for both groups.

Book coverLeading the Way to Successful Volunteer Involvement

Workbook of checklists, worksheets, idea stimulators, and other practical tools for senior-level leaders to incorporate volunteer involvement as a key ingredient in the overall strategy of an organization.

Book coverKeeping Volunteers

Examines the art of keeping volunteers productively connected to the organization including how to enhance volunteer motivation, avoid volunteer burnout, get beyond short-term commitments, and more.

Book coverA People Lens

Sprinkled with true stories of innovative volunteer engagement, best-practice tips, and perspectives from agency leaders and volunteers, this book will change how you think about engaging highly-skilled volunteers.

cover imageThe Abundant Not-for-Profit

This book offers leaders a new road map for transforming their organizations with talent, not money, by meaningfully engaging and integrating volunteers as knowledge philanthropists.

book cover imageThe LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook

Understand the concept and practices of virtual volunteering and integrate online service successfully into your overall volunteer involvement strategy.

Training Module 1: Designing Positions for Volunteers

Designed to sensitize volunteers and staff to the significance of written volunteer position descriptions.

Volunteering by People with DisablilitiesVolunteering by People with Disabilities

A guide from the UK on how to recruit and retain people with disabilities in volunteer work as a route to opportunity, with a realistic approach to issues and barriers.

Book coverWorking Shoulder to Shoulder

Stories and strategies of youth-adult partnerships that succeed, with over 20 reproducible tools to help you engage youth participants to the greatest effect in your organization.

Patrons, Presidents and PersonalitiesPatrons, Presidents and Personalities

Unique and helpful guide to the challenge of working with celebrities who endorse or fundraise as volunteers for your organization – maximize the rewards, minimize the risks.

book cover Measuring the Impact of VolunteersMeasuring the Impact of Volunteers

Presents the innovative Volunteer Resources Balanced Scorecard measurement and planning tool for aligning volunteer effort with organizational goals and effectively assessing the impact of that effort. 

Positive Ageing book coverPositive Ageing

Studies, first-hand stories, and example programs for volunteer-involving organizations wishing to broaden their appeal to older volunteers. 

The New BreedThe New Breed, Second Edition

Understand the wants and needs today’s “new breed” of volunteers, especially those who don’t respond to old management styles.

E-Volunteerism logo

e-Volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community is a quarterly journal with an archive of articles since the first issue in 2000. Subscribers have unlimited, continuous access to the newest of e-Volunteerism and to its growing archives. Subscribe now or purchase 48-hour access on the e-Volunteerism site and read or download whatever you like in that time period.

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