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Should we re-think the structure of service?

I am exploring some ideas with colleagues about the form service takes, and how that might link to more or less community involvement. If organizations want to promote and encourage volunteerism, especially across generations, then offering up a wide variety … Continue reading

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Where Should Nonprofits Use Volunteers? Everywhere.

This post is by Tricia Thompson, vice president of training and consulting at Points of Light. For every dollar nonprofits invest in effective volunteer engagement, they can expect up to $6 in return – a six-fold return on investment. Organizations … Continue reading

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The Process of the Certification in Volunteer Administration

In my experience working for a nonprofit, being prepared for change is essential. Being part of a small office, my co-workers and I were able to adapt to drastic changes by being flexible in our roles. That flexibility required competence … Continue reading

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In Pursuit of Impact

Here at Reimagining Service, a national multi-sector coalition dedicated to increasing the impact of volunteers, we are thrilled to find out about a compelling source of data that clearly links volunteerism to nonprofit effectiveness. This, of course, has huge impact … Continue reading

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James and Hedges Part II

My first blog post, reflecting on the writings of William James and Chris Hedges, has generated a response, in the form a helpful comment. How does my essay relate to the reality of today? Is there a new paradigm for … Continue reading

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William James & Chris Hedges

I recently re-read William James’ essay “The Moral Equivalent of War” and recalled the 2002 book by Chris Hedges, War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. James, writing in the early 1900s, was a student of psychology, a medical … Continue reading

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Doing Good is Good for You

You probably already know that eating kale and leafy greens are good for you. Making sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep, that too. Taking at least 30 minutes a day for exercise to get your heart rate … Continue reading

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Planning for Successful Projects

by Matt Robinson Kudos to the folks at the Maine Youth Action Program (better known as MYAN) for the powerful and fun conference they held November 10-11 at the Augusta Civic Center. I was thrilled to again be at one … Continue reading

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