by Marci Mayer Eisen In our desire for friendships and community, it’s natural to categorize people from our closest friends to casual associations. We refer to longtime connections as “old” friends. You might have youth group friends, fraternity brothers or those with whom you shared a special experience. As our networks expand, it’s common to hear references to work friends or neighbors. In recent years, with the explosion of social media, … [Read more...] about Celebrating the Lay-Staff Relationship
by Vika Elkin I am tired of being told that Russian-speaking Israelis do not volunteer, that the phenomenon of volunteering is strange to them. So what can be done to persuade someone to sign up as a volunteer? Some say it is a question of free time. Others say that volunteers don’t know what to do with their life and therefore volunteer instead of spending time together with their families. I want to suggest another aspect of … [Read more...] about To Be or Not To Be a Volunteer?
Far from sitting at home twiddling their thumbs, spending all their time on the golf course or lunching with friends, new research from Royal Voluntary Service (U.K.) shows that over two million retirees over the age of 60 spend their time volunteering for at least two charities. Even though many older people have no formal work commitments, the research shows that millions of older people are 'Portfolio Volunteers', juggling many different … [Read more...] about In the UK: One in Five Over-60s Volunteers for Multiple Charities
An agency cannot blame anyone other than itself if its board is a passive, low-functioning group of individuals who merely occupy their positions and leave the decision making to a few people who exercise authority inappropriately. by Stephen G. Donshik I would like to paraphrase the French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) and say, “In nonprofit organizations we get the leadership we deserve.” Ideally boards of … [Read more...] about We Get the Volunteer Leaders We Deserve
Israeli nonprofit organizations reach out to Jews and non-Jews around the world for support. The financial support they receive comes from foundations, annual community campaigns, wills and bequests and foreign government grants from the U.S. Government and the EU, among others. One of the most common observations that is made by supporters from outside of Israel has to do with the lack of involvement of local Israeli volunteer leadership in the … [Read more...] about The Role of the Volunteer Leader in Israel: A Challenge for Israel Donors and from Donors Around the World