Research Digests

Our Research Digests provide a snapshot of recent developments in volunteering research and analysis from reputable institutions and centres. These digests are compiled by skilled volunteers with extensive experience in cataloging, research and education.

Research Digest 3 2016

Our research digest provides research that’s all about impact – from the impact of volunteering after 40, to impact investing. Plus ACNCs “a common charity definition”, fundraising reform, leadership development, governance and more. Download Edition 3 2016


Research Digest 2 2016

Our research digest provides a real focus on the digital – from social media to digital fundraising. There is also some fantastic new research available around motivations in volunteering, protecting your organisation form fraud, and more. Download Edition 2 2016


Research Digest 1 2016

The impact of volunteering on health and well being is a focus in this digest, as well as research into the type of recognition that volunteers value. The digest also covers best practice for NFPs and corporates in regards to funding and sponsorship. Download Edition 1 2016


Research Digest 6 2015

Our research digest provides a snapshot of recent developments in volunteering research and analysis from reputable institutions and centres. Our latest research digest includes research on motivations and barriers to volunteering, volunteering in care homes, the review of the definition of volunteering, volunteer manager training, the value of volunteering and Australian charities working overseas. Download Edition 6 2015


Research Digest 5 2015

Our latest research digest includes research on motivations and barriers to volunteering, volunteering in care homes, the Volunteering Australia project: the review of the definition of volunteering, volunteer manager training, the value of volunteering and Australian charities working overseas. Download Edition 5 2015


Research Digest 4 2015

Our latest research digest includes new research on faith based charities and the significantly higher ratio of volunteers to employees than other charities, volunteer management in palliative care, Building on the value of Victoria’s community sector from VCOSS, the economic, social and cultural value of volunteering to Western Australia, the 2015 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report: transforming governance from the UN, at look at voluntourism and its impact, as well as blogs on the volunteer management as a profession and student volunteering. Download Edition 4 2015


Research Digest 3 2015

Our latest research digest includes  volunteering and older people – social issues, building capacity, reform agenda, volunteering in the downturn: how volunteering and its support structures are faring in the current economic climate, the role of organisations in supporting employee volunteering, bullying in the volunteer workplace and volunteering and health in the working population. Download Edition 3 2015


Research Digest 2 2015

Our latest digest includes new research examining volunteer motivation & retention, volunteering employer sponsored volunteering strategies, retired professionals volunteering in rural areas, Harnessing disabled people’s ability to volunteer, insights into volunteering and civic life in the US, volunteerings links to paid work and a new push from the UN for corporate volunteering. Download Edition 2 2015


Research Digest 1 2015

Read about the state of volunteering in Tasmania, research about non-traditional emergency volunteering, SEEK’s research on whether volunteering increases employment prospects, a review of the evidence on youth volunteering, a worldwide survey on measuring volunteer impact and a global study of giving trends. Download Edition 1 2015 here


Research Digest 6 2014

Items include:Ways to enhance the quality of volunteering from the perspective of volunteers, staff and service users, and the motivations and influences around volunteering at the Red Cross, Healthy ageing in Australia’s rural places: the contribution of older volunteers, Australian Charities 2013: The First Report on Charities Registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, Creating and sustaining a strong future for volunteering in Australia, A social impact study conducted by one of Australia’s major professional accounting bodies revealing a high level of skilled professionals volunteering in the industry. Download Edition 6 2014 here


Research Digest 5 2014

Read about research on volunteering in the Victorian health sector, why Australians volunteer in sport organisations,  happiness levels among US volunteers and the future of volunteering in an ageing society.  This issue also includes articles about international volunteering, how volunteering enhances employability and volunteering by university students (written by our very own Alicia Patterson). Download Edition 5 2014


Research Digest 4 2014

Read about building skills and capacity of small volunteering organisations; research on the link between volunteering and personality; volunteering and employability; virtual volunteering and corporate employee volunteering; promoting civil society through volunteering; IT skills needed in volunteer organisations. Download Edition 4 2014


Research Digest 3 2014

Items include:  An Australian tool to measure social impact of volunteering; volunteering statistics and a strategic plan for volunteering in the UK; commentaries on the recently released US volunteering statistics; assessment of a quality assurance tool for volunteer management; information about UK research project tracking voluntary organisations in the shifting policy landscape; and promoting civil society through volunteering. Download Edition 3 2014


Research Digest 2 2014

Items include:  perspectives on both young and older volunteers; volunteering statistics in the United States and the Australian Capital Territory; issues associated with volunteer management and corporate volunteering. Download Edition 2 2014


Research Digest 1 2014

Includes spontaneous, micro, student volunteering and how volunteer organisations can survive in difficult economic times plus much more. Download Edition 1 2014


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