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Have your passport ready: A look at voluntourism

Written By: Barbara Balfour
June 18, 2012

Canadians are increasingly combining travel and volunteering. But is right for you?

Microvolunteering: Can you change the world with a few clicks?

Written By: Susan Fish
April 10, 2012

Since volunteers are increasingly looking for short-term assignments and ways to contribute while they're on the go, more organizations are experimenting with microvolunteering. When used correctly, this approach can bring a wealth of expertise and immediate assistance to your nonprofit's projects and events.

Survey Says: CharityVillage unpacks findings from the 2010 CSGVP

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 26, 2012

The 2010 edition of the Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating was released by Statistics Canada. Do you know which province leads the country in charitable giving? Which demographic cohort volunteers the most? What do the numbers mean?

From scarcity to abundance

Written By: Allison Griffith Seniuk
December 6, 2011

"We need more volunteers!" is right up there with "We need more money!" in terms of the nonprofit sector's hot topics, most common gripes, and most often heard pleas. Endlessly discussed as a challenge in organizations, large and small, the problem of needing more people to accomplish organizational goals doesn't seem to be going away. In fact, the need may be more urgently felt than ever as organizations are trying to deliver more impact with fewer resources.

Millennial engagement: Bringing the next generation into your organization

Written By: Trina Isakson
May 2, 2011

Millennials have been described, and describe themselves, as passionate, connected, optimistic, and wanting to make an impact. Here’s how to welcome them into your organization.

Volunteering is the new Botox: Inject some into your life

Written By: Lori Gotlieb
January 11, 2011

Mayo Clinic research study indicates that volunteering is good for your health.

Employee volunteerism: A profit for the nonprofits?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
October 18, 2010

This article explores new projects working to promote volunteerism within the corporate world.

Volunteer background checks: New options and programs

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
October 13, 2009

This article explores a new initiative to cover the costs of police information checks (PICs) for eligible volunteers in nonprofit and voluntary sector organizations.

Framework Foundation's Timeraiser event

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
August 31, 2009

An interview with Anil Patel, co-founder of the Framework Foundation and the unique Timeraiser event that is part volunteer fair, part cocktail party, part silent auction.

CSGVP 2007: Results and highlights

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
June 15, 2009

Based on data collected in 2007, this survey - the fourth in a series of surveys that began in 1997 with the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP) - presented some intriguing statistics regarding how Canadians give of their time and money.

Developments in volunteerism: What's next?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
May 19, 2009

On May 1st, a book was launched by Volunteer Vancouver entitled, A People Lens: 101 Ways to Move Your Organization Forward! Filled with stories about today's "new volunteer" and providing tips on how to effectively engage them, the book is a significant sign of the times, begging the questions: as the sector evolves, how are organizations faring in their approach to volunteers? Are they on the same page?

Volunteer engagement: Challenges in a new economic age

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
January 12, 2009

An anemic economy closed out 2008, and if pundits and experts across the globe are correct, the condition may well worsen in 2009. Though stories of economic hardship are, unfortunately, hardly rare for the charitable sector, the end of the decade may prove to be one of the toughest in at least one area: recruitment of volunteers.

Changing the volunteer paradigm

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
November 10, 2008

A major push was begun last week with an initiative by Volunteer Canada that takes aim at the baby boomer generation - or, as they are increasingly calling themselves, the “Zoomers” - asking them to seriously consider the benefits of volunteering and not just retiring away once their previous careers are over.

A People Lens©: A response to volunteer recruitment challenges

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
September 24, 2007

This article is a profile of Volunteer Vancouver's new People Lens program that uses a people-first philosophy.

The value of volunteer contributions: Calculation (im)possible?

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
January 8, 2007

With funders increasingly interested in the value of organizations' volunteer programs, we explore a new model that attempts to calculate the dollar value of your volunteers' time.

Five emerging patterns of volunteerism

Written By: Merrill Associates
November 20, 2006

This article outlines five trends in volunteerism.

The future of volunteer centres in Canada

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
November 20, 2006

The number of communities interested in starting volunteer centres outnumbers the ones where volunteer centres are closing their doors. The future of volunteer centres hinges on building awareness, being relevant, and successfully expanding traditional functions.

Exploring the next generation of retirees: The baby boomers

Written By: Merrill Associates
October 23, 2006

This article provides key tips to prepare your organization for baby boomer volunteers.

Highlights from the Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
June 12, 2006

Statistics Canada just revealed the results of a survey conducted in 2004, providing a comprehensive overview of how Canadians support their communities. And according to the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP), there's some good news - and some not so good news.

"Mandatory volunteering": What's in a name?

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
February 27, 2006

While "mandatory volunteering" is an oxymoron, it is a growing trend that is worth watching.