Work, Forever: Why Interning at 60 Is the New Retirement Plan - Sophie Quinton. A growing market for fellowships that targets older workers connects private-sector expertise with nonprofits in need of help.
Nancy Diao works part time, for a small stipend, at a Bay Area education nonprofit. But at 60, Diao isn't your average intern. She's a former executive who will spend her fellowship year at Breakthrough Collaborative serving as acting chief operating and chief financial officer. MMFA Docent Educators - HOME. American Association for Museum Volunteers.
9 Questions To Ask A Nonprofit Before You Invest or Volunteer. Donna M. Butts: Civic Engagement Alive And Well With Older Adults. This was co-authored with Barb Quaintance.
More than 50 years ago, on a cold January day in 1961, John F. Kennedy issued his clarion call to action, beseeching his fellow Americans to "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. " Millions responded, finding new ways to serve. Young people, in particular, answered the call by joining the newly established Peace Corps. Those dewy-eyed youth are all grown up now and either retired or planning for retirement.
In a recent study of civic engagement among midlife and older adults, AARP found that the spirit of volunteering is alive and well among our older generations. Volunteering and Civic Life in America. Can We Get Some Volunteers, Please? Boomers, hang your heads in shame.
The government’s annual Volunteering in the United States report just came out and I’m disappointed to report that both the number and percentage of Americans age 45 to 64 who volunteered in the 12 months ending September 2012 fell from the previous year. (I know, boomers are actually age 49 to 67, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t break down the numbers this way.) The latest figures show that 23.4 million age 45 to 64 volunteered last year, down from 23.9 million in 2011. How to Build Ties to Young Donors and Volunteers - Ideas & Advice. A Chronicle Live Event The 80 million Americans now in their 20s have shown tremendous interest in charities and promoting the common good.
But many groups struggle to figure out how to attract them to a specific cause. Watch a video of a Google+ hangout with the authors of the new book Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement and other nonprofit officials as they explore the keys to attracting young donors and volunteers. The Guests: Derrick Feldmann is co-author of Cause for Change and chief executive of Achieve, a fundraising company that focuses on young donors. Kari Dunn Saratovsky is co-author of Cause for Change. Justin Wheeler is vice president for Liberty in North Korea, where he oversees efforts to attract attention to the group's programs. Nessa Stoltzfus Barge is the youth-engagement manager at Oxfam America, where she manages the group's work to build ties to college students and other young people.
2011 U.S. Volunteer Rate, Number Highest Since 2005, Report Finds. Americans significantly increased their commitment to volunteering and civic engagement in 2011, a new report from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship finds.
According to Volunteering and Civic Life in America, 64.3 million adults (26.8 percent) volunteered through a formal organization in 2011 — a year-over-year increase of 1.5 million and the highest rate nationally since 2005 — contributing a total of 7.9 billion hours valued at more than $170 billion. Among those who volunteered through an organization, the most common activities included fundraising or selling items to raise money (26.2 percent); collecting, preparing, distributing, or serving food (23.6 percent); engaging in general labor or transportation (20.3 percent); or tutoring or teaching (18.2 percent).
In addition, 65.1 percent volunteered informally by helping out their neighbors, up 9.5 percentage points from 2010. Microvolunteering, Crowd-Sourcing Virtual Volunteering. Again: these are tasks that will take just a few minutes or a couple of hours to complete, and can happen in one day or over a few days, even a couple of weeks.
Note that some require a bit of expertise: a person might have to be fluent in two languages, or know about web accessibility, or be terrific at finding very specific information online. To ensure success with such short-term tasks, any microvolunteering assignment should have: Written descriptions (the more detail, the better) Deadlines (by when does this assignment need to be done?) Mid-assignment reporting requirements might also be necessary if the deadline is a week or more after the assignment is given - many times, organizations can't just assume people are working on assignments, only to find out, once they need the work, that the volunteers didn't do it. Volunteer Engagement is Everyone’s Job « Museum Minute.
Today’s Museum Minute post on volunteer engagement is brought to you by Guest Blogger, Carolyn Noe.
Carolyn started volunteering in museums 11 years ago and edits The Volunteer Management Daily. She holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Social Science from Florida State University and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Missouri-St. American Association for Museum Volunteers.