Volunteers

For Some, Helping With Disaster Relief Is Not Just Aid, It’s a Calling
May 11, 2011

With the ability to feed 20,000 people from one mobile kitchen, and a chain of command so tightly run it would make a military officer proud, the Southern Baptist Convention teams are the backbone of disaster relief in the South. Nearly 95,000 Baptists across the country are trained to handle disasters. After the Red Cross and Salvation Army, the Baptist group is the biggest disaster relief organization in the country.

Thousands of church members are doing their part to help the South recover from the recent tornadoes. They raise money, sort clothing donations and hand out water.

10 Foolproof Fundraising Tactics
May 1, 2011

The economy … well … sucks at the moment! But does that really mean nobody is giving? Nope! Fundraising is alive and well and even thriving. I have 10 tips to help you get your share of the money that's going around.

Orlando charities get boost from unlikely source: Conventioneers
April 7, 2011

Between the recessionary slump in charitable giving and cuts from federal and state government, local nonprofits have faced challenging times in recent years. But Orlando has one perk that most cities don't — the 3 million visitors who come here for corporate retreats, annual meetings and conventions each year.

Increasingly, their companies and organizations are seeking hefty community-service projects while they're in town, both to boost morale and promote a public image as one of the good guys.

New Tool Created to Enable Global Tracking of Volunteering
March 24, 2011

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies and the International Labour Organization have announced the release of a new manual to help statistical agencies around the world track the amount, type and value of volunteer work in their countries.

The Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work is believed to be the first internationally sanctioned guide to generating reliable, official data on volunteer work using a common definition and approach.

Volunteers help fill holes that budget cuts left in cities' staffs
March 1, 2011

Deeby Kadrie staffed the reception desk of the Wayzata Public Works Department last week, fielding calls, preparing a mailing and signing for parcels. She loves the job -- even though she isn't getting paid.

Kadrie is among about 120 volunteers helping the western suburb cope with the loss of 10 employee positions in the past two years, or about 15 percent of its workforce.

Across the state, volunteers are bailing out government.

Corporate volunteerism catches on among workers
December 28, 2010

While companies have had corporate giving programs for years, they increasingly are involving employees by giving them a say in which charities to support and providing time off with pay for volunteering. Corporate volunteerism is growing, with 20 percent more companies allowing employees paid time off for volunteer projects than three years ago, according to a report by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.

Corporate giving also has been a bright spot. Corporate charitable contributions rose 5.5 percent in 2009, according to Giving USA Foundation's report.