As a planning tool, the VRBSc helps leaders of volunteers ensure that volunteer service is in sync with the overall goals of the organization. As an evaluation tool, the VRBSc allows decision makers to take an honest look at all aspects of volunteer involvement, balancing four different perspectives that, together, lead to success. Directors of volunteer resources can assess where volunteers are having the most impact and what they should be doing next. As a reporting tool, the VRBSc shows progress and achievements to stakeholders in concrete ways that are meaningful to them.
Using illustrations, worksheets, and a comprehensive appendix including survey tools, this book takes readers step by step through the process of creating and using their own VRBSc. Readers will:
• See how traditional measurement tools for volunteer engagement do not effectively demonstrate the value and extent of volunteer service
• Follow the evolution of the balanced scorecard concept from businesses, to nonprofits, and now to volunteer resources
• Develop their own Volunteer Resources Balanced Scorecard
• Write meaningful reports that spark action from organization leaders
Dissatisfied with traditional measurements of and reports about volunteer service, colleagues Christine Burych, Alison Caird, Joanne Fine Schwebel, Michael Fliess, and Heather Hardie formed a working group to address the need for a standard way to measure the impact of volunteer involvement from a balanced perspective like that of their organizations. The authors have a combined ninety years of experience in volunteer and nonprofit management in the Canadian healthcare sector, where they created and successful proved their Volunteer Resources Balanced Scorecard process.
A book of inspiration and integrity, Soul of a Citizen is an antidote to the twin scourges of modern life--powerlessness and cynicism. In his evocative style, Paul Loeb tells moving stories of ordinary Americans who have found unexpected fulfillment in social involvement. Through their example and Loeb's own wise and powerful lessons, we are compelled to move from passivity to participation. The reward of our action, we learn, is nothing less than a sense of connection and purpose not found in a purely personal life.
Soul of a Citizen has become the handbook for budding social activists, veteran organizers, and anybody who wants to make a change—big or small—in the world around them. At this critical historical time , Paul Loeb's completely revised edition—and inspiring message—is more urgently important than ever.