Sustaining

Sustaining a volunteer program requires a mix of elements:

  • Engage Volunteers: Creating programs that are well-structured and easy to administer and providing volunteers with opportunities that stay rewarding over time.
  • Find Funds: Finding resources to support volunteer program over time.
  • Set Policy: Legislation and appropriations that make more funding opportunities available to service organizations.

See ideas to perpetuate all of these, from learning broadly about the state of volunteering, in the United States and globally, to discovering how you can form a partnership with the organization across your street.

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Self-Directed Teams: A Case Study

Leading By Example blog, National Council on Aging, May 14, 2010

See examples and characteristics of self-directed teams and how to start one. One way to implement a program is through self-directed ... Read more Read more

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Volunteer Program Management Policies & Tools

National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center (SMP Resource Center)

Provides links to sample program policies and tools across a broad range of volunteer management activities. How These Resources Can Help: Refer ... Read more Read more

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Tapping Mature Talent: Policies for a 21st Century Workforce

CAEL

Offers policy recommendations for supporting mature workers as well as action steps for leveraging the talent of older workers. How These ... Read more Read more

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Nonprofit Service Enterprise (NSE) Summary

Reimagining Service

A summary of Reimagining Service Principles and research findings that describe a compelling vision of volunteer involvement. How This Resource Can ... Read more Read more

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Nonprofit Service Enterprise: Research Summary

Reimagining Service

Research that identifies eight critical characteristics of a nonprofit service enterprise. How This Resource Can Help: Use the Nonprofit Service Enterprise: Research ... Read more Read more

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National Core Capacity Assessment Tool Dataset: “Positive Deviants” in Volunteerism and Service

Reimagining Service

Research that highlights how volunteer engagement positively affects a nonprofit’s overall effectiveness. How This Resource Can Help: Present information the findings from ... Read more Read more

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CCVA Body of Knowledge

CCVA

Provides a detailed list of core competencies and performance expectations for the competent administration of volunteer programs. How This Resource Can ... Read more Read more

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Professional Ethics in Volunteer Administration

CCVA

Provides details about the six core ethical values of principled volunteer leadership. How This Resource Can Help: Use the Ethical Decision Making ... Read more Read more

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CVA Fact Sheet

CCVA

Covers the requirements, costs, and deadlines for the Certified in Volunteer Administration credentialing process, the only internationally recognized credential for ... Read more Read more

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About the National Resource Center for Engaging Volunteers in the Aging Network

Thomas Endres, Resource Center Director, Engaging Volunteers in the Aging Network, 2011

Use this to learn about the National Resource Center for Engaging Volunteers in the Aging Network, as a resource and ... Read more Read more

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National Partnership with First Advantage (formerly LexisNexis)

Background Screening Services for Your Volunteers

n4a is excited to announce our **partnership with *First Advantage, a world-leading provider of comprehensive background screening services, to provide ... Read more Read more

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Global Volunteer Measurement Project

Megan Haddock, Johns Hopkins University, October 26, 2011

Use this to understand the broader context of volunteering and inform policy decisions. This presentation answers the question "Why measure volunteering?" ... Read more Read more

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Increasing Volunteerism Among Older Adults: Benefits and Strategies for States

Use this to encourage lawmakers to support older adult volunteer programs. According to this issue brief, states can help to fully ... Read more Read more

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Maximizing the Potential of Older Adults: Benefits to State Economies and Individual Well-Being

NGA Center for Best Practices, March 2010

Use this to encourage lawmakers to support older adult volunteer programs. This issue brief provides several strategies governors and other state ... Read more Read more

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Self-Directed Teams: The Basics

Leading By Example blog, National Council on Aging, May 3, 2010

View an introduction to self-directed teams. One way to implement a program is through self-directed teams of older adult volunteers. See ... Read more Read more

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Civic Life in America: Issue Brief

National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Corporation for National and Community Service, 2010

Key Findings on the Civic Health of the Nation Use this to learn about the state of volunteering and/or to influence ... Read more Read more

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Civic Life in America: Fact Sheet

National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)

Use this to learn about the state of volunteering and/or to influence policy. This fact sheet provides an overview of key ... Read more Read more

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2010 Civic Health Assessment: Executive Summary

National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)

Use this to learn about the state of volunteering and/or to influence policy. The Civic Health Assessment measures America's civic habits ... Read more Read more

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America’s Civic Health Index

National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Civic Indicators Working Group, 2009

Use this to learn about the state of volunteering, influence policy. This report informs Americans about leading indicators of our nation’s ... Read more Read more

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Coming of Age

Webinar Materials

Since its launch in 2002, Coming of Age has helped people 50+ explore their future; connect and contribute through opportunities, ... Read more Read more

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Volunteer Driver Programs

The National Center on Senior Transportation and The Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative

The National Center on Senior Transportation, in partnership with The Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative, presents a three (3) part series ... Read more Read more

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"What's Working" Webinar Series

Full list of awardees with webinar dates and registration.

In 2012, The Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative invited organizations to submit their useful tips for building strong volunteer programs. From ... Read more Read more

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Senior Corps 2013 RSVP Competition Webinar

Funding Opportunity for the Aging Network

This free webinar, led by Dr. Erwin Tan, Director, Senior Corps and Tom Endres, Aging Volunteer Collaborative, will discuss how ... Read more Read more

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The RoadMap

A Nonprofit Collaborative working together to identify, organize and share resources that will help the nonprofit sector be ready to engage ... Read more Read more

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SMP Volunteer Training Materials

National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center (SMP Resource Center)

Links to modules and materials used to train SMP volunteers, including Orientation materials and a sample Volunteer Handbook. How These Resources ... Read more Read more

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Volunteer Risk and Program Management (VRPM) Materials

National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center (SMP Resource Center)

A comprehensive risk identification, prevention, and mitigation strategy for SMP programs that could be tailored for use in other volunteer ... Read more Read more

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Volunteer Administration: Professional Practice Textbook

CCVA

Offers a comprehensive reference source for all aspects of volunteer engagement and program management and is the official reference source ... Read more Read more

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Learning Counts

CAEL

Offers a process for students, of any age, to get college credit for learning from life experience and previous training How ... Read more Read more

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Aging Worker Initiative

CAEL

Cover the changing demographics of today’s workforce and advocates for the specific the needs of older workers. How This Resource Can ... Read more Read more

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National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center’s Volunteer Management Resources Pages

National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

A compendium of sample volunteer recruitment, management, training and recognition materials from a variety of operating Ombudsman programs across the ... Read more Read more

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Stories of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Volunteers

National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

As part of the Administration on Aging’s Civic Engagement Initiative, these stories offer a closer look at inspiring volunteers that ... Read more Read more

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Administration on Aging Civic Engagement Initiative

Use this to gain background on civic engagement, including legislation. Shares information on the United States Administration on Aging’s Civic Engagement ... Read more Read more

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Older Americans Act

View this site for information on the Older Americans Act and the role of volunteers. The OAA Amendments of 2006 highlight ... Read more Read more

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Serve America Act

View this site for information on the Serve America Act. The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009 reauthorizes and ... Read more Read more

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Grants - Grantmakers In Aging

Visit this site for ideas on applying for grants. Grantmakers In Aging is an inclusive and responsive membership organization comprised of ... Read more Read more

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Grants - Foundation Center

Visit this site for a database of U.S. and global grants, personal assistance, resources and trainings. The Foundation Center maintains a ... Read more Read more

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Grants - GrantStation.com

GrantStation.com

Visit this site for a weekly newsletter of grant opportunities and other resources. GrantStation.com, Inc. offers news of funding opportunities and ... Read more Read more

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Grants - Grants.gov

Use Grants.gov to find and apply for federal grants. Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on more than 1,000 grant ... Read more Read more

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ServiceNation

Visit this link for advocacy ideas. ServiceNation is a campaign to increase service opportunities and elevate service as a core ideal ... Read more Read more

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Social Innovation Fund

Corporation for National and Community Service

Visit this link for advocacy ideas. ServiceNation is a campaign to increase service opportunities and elevate service as a core ideal ... Read more Read more

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Grants - Corporation for National & Community Service

Visit this page to find grants. The Corporation for National and Community Service provides grants to national and local nonprofits, schools, ... Read more Read more

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Funding - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Visit this page to find news of grants and fundraising tips. The Chronicle provides news and information for executives of tax-exempt ... Read more Read more

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Civic Life in America Website

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)

Use this to see the civic health in your area, to shape policy or inform program planning. Find the civic health ... Read more Read more

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