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TopQTipQuick Tip for Leading Volunteers

Managing Risk in Volunteer Engagement

The following Quick Tip is excerpted from the book,  Better Safe by Linda L. Graff.

There is nothing that anyone can do to absolutely guarantee that nothing will go wrong, short of stopping services and closing the doors. Volunteer programs cannot operate without taking risks since the possibility of accident, injury, loss, or damage is always present. But this is the case in nearly everything we do, all of the time. It is important not to ignore risks, but it is equally important not to become immobilized by them. What is needed is a rational, systematic approach to risk management that reduces and controls risks as much as is reasonably possible. Continue... 
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News from the Field

Every three years United Nations Volunteers (UNV) produces the State of the World's Volunteerism Report, a flagship UN publication designed to strengthen understanding on volunteerism and demonstrate its universality, scope and reach in the twenty-first century.  
The theme of this year's report, "The Thread that Binds," presents new evidence on the role of volunteerism in strengthening community resilience and explores how governments and development actors can best engage with volunteerism to nurture its most beneficial characteristics, while mitigating against potential harms to the most vulnerable. Download the report here. 

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Volume XVIII, Issue 4    
e-Volunteerism, our international, subscription-based journal, is now on it's 18th volume year. As always, all previous journal issues are available to subscribers online in the Archives.

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Volunteer Engagement as a Form of Transformational Leadership - Volume XV, Issue 4, July - October 2015 - This Training Designs article presents training resources to help you describe and demonstrate the power of volunteer engagement to peers and senior managers through the lens of "transformational leadership."
From the Current Issue
"Laddering" in Volunteer Management: What It Is, and Why It May Be Important - In this month's Points of View column, Rob Jackson and Erin R. Spink consider the importance of "laddering" in the volunteer management profession. Jackson and Spink define laddering as "the opportunity to report to someone more senior than you who is also a leader of volunteers." Join this important conversation about what could be the missing ingredient and a potential turning point for the future of volunteer engagement.
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Volunteer Management Software - A Beginner's Guide - After more than 30 years of working directly in a variety of volunteer leadership roles, Andy Fryar now works with volunteer involving organisations to assist them in establishing cloud-based software solutions. Along the way, Fryar has come to recognise that many volunteer leaders can see the writing on the wall when it comes to moving away from their trusted MS Excel spreadsheets, but they simply don't know where to start!

Volunteers Protecting Civil Rights - Volunteers around the world are monitoring civil rights. They often also take action to defend rights where there is a risk of them being eroded, or if governments need to be challenged where rights are being abused. This issue of Along the Web looks at examples of where and how volunteers are protecting fellow citizens from unequal treatment.
What's Coming Up?
In a new e-Volunteerism feature article coming in August, Angela Parker, the co-founder of Realized Worth, describes how participants who integrate a few basic concepts into civic engagement and volunteering activities can be guided to challenge assumptions, become alert to new ideas, orient to what those ideas mean for them, and take action toward new behaviors.  
Also, coming soon: a  Training Designs article on "The Trouble with Training;" an article about the new National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement in the  Voices column, and a Research to Practice article with "Insights for Episodic Volunteer Management from Volunteers at a Religious Mega Event."

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Spotlight on Resources
Guide about Gaining Funder Support
for Volunteer Engagement
The Leighty Foundation, a small family foundation, presents pointers for nonprofits on seeking funding specifically for volunteer engagement efforts, proving the foundation's passion for building the capacity of organizations to unleash the power of volunteers.
Read the Guide here.
QTipQuick Tip Continued... 
There are three central aims of the risk management process:

Prevention is the first priority of every risk manager. It is clearly preferable to keep things from going wrong in the first place than it is to deal with tragedies and the consequences of disasters after the fact. Implementing a risk management system reduces the likelihood of injuries and losses by integrating precautionary measures into day-to-day operations. 
Minimize Harm
Given that things still can and do go wrong, even with the best prevention mechanisms in place, the second aim of risk management is to minimize the magnitude of harm that accrues in the event that 
a risk materializes.
Liability Reduction
Not only does the implementation of a risk management system reduce liability by reducing the likelihood of injury or loss in the first place, but a well-documented risk management system constitutes tangible proof of due diligence. The harm may still materialize, but not because the organization was inattentive or negligent. Hence, even if an injury or loss does take place, the very fact that the organization engaged in risk management can substantially reduce the likelihood of successful legal action against the organization. 
The implementation of a risk management process can generate additional outcomes, such as:
  • ensuring a safe environment for employees, volunteers, and service recipients
  • reducing the anxiety and fear of liability
  • conserving the assets of the organization so that it can
    pursue its mission
  • ensuring compliance with legal requirements
  • ensuring that individuals harmed by the organization's activities
    receive adequate compensation

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