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Volunteer Management - The Great 10 Questions

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Over the next few months I plan on doing my own questionnaire on volunteerism and the Volunteer Management sector. I plan on asking people 10 questions.

The reasoning behind this is to encourage a narrative on volunteerism and the sector of Volunteer Management.

I have already sent emails to some leaders in volunteerism around the globe

It’s time we talked!

And I will publish all answers here.

These are not questions meant for only the ”leaders” in our field or the field of volunteering but for anyone interested in volunteerism.

Let’s talk

10 questions on Volunteerism


1.In 20 words or less describe/define Volunteer Management

2.What are the 3 main differences between Volunteer Management and Human Resource Management?

3.Where is the current leadership evident in Volunteer Management?

4.Finish this sentence in less than 50 words… An association in Volunteer Management should…

5.There have been many debates on the definition of volunteering itself. How would you define volunteering?

6.…

STOP PRESS: Volunteerism Gazette latest Controversial article on Volunteer Management

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Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit - Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

July 2013
By Don J Volau
Article Copyright of Volunteerism Gazette


There has been some debate on some forums internationally on qualifications and credentialing for the Volunteer Management sector. Don J Volau, Editor at Large of Volunteerism Gazette spoke to some Volunteer Managers across the world on their views. All asked to remain anonymous. Paul from Sheffield was asked to remove his mask as this was an online piece and not audio visual.

Paul from Sheffield:

“I decided not to enter the debate. I was going to argue with some people but then I thought people might get personal and I was scared. I thought to myself – How do we define success in Volunteer Management – well after seeing recent debate and reaction I’ve come to the conclusion that the road to Volunteer Management success is under construction”

Anita Sanita, a volunteer coordinator from Banita in the republic of Salamanita stated …

Any ideas for this IYV+10 global project?

Recently I received an interesting email from Anna Belousova who is an UNV Programme Officer with a United Nations Development Programme. I am very impressed with what she is trying to achieve and would like to share her story here in the hope that some reader might be able to assist. Please email Anna with any ideas and share here if you like.

"My name is Anna Belousova and I am contacting you for I ran into your blog while googling for any resources on children education on volunteering.

Here in Tajikistan we've got an interesting initiative going on by the virtually established Facebook group Beautiful Tajikistan, where very active and young citiznes organise some real-time volunteer events.

Recently they picked up on the idea of collecting drawing for the IYV+10 global project "Illustrating volunteerism by and for children". They would like to contribute to the latter by organising a one-day drawing contest for local children in the framework of educational eve…

Speak now, or forever hold your peace.

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“Don’t wait for your ship to come in- swim out to meet it!”

I often bemoan the lack of response from the Volunteer Management sector to issues of the day.

I have to however distinguish between the effective Volunteer Manager and those who purport to represent my sector of professional Volunteer management. I speak here with an international tongue by the way and do not single out any national body.

Firstly, let’s take the Professional Volunteer Manager. We can have a complete book on what makes a professional and an effective one at that. Er..is there one?

Here’s the crux…doesn’t a Volunteer manager have every right to say that their sole brief is to manage effectively volunteers at their organisation? This encompasses the traits of effective management of volunteers which includes providing meaningful tasks, recognition, training, orientation, evaluation, etc. etc. etc. and there are so many etceteras in the job.

At the end of the day the Volunteer Manager Position Description does…