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The benefits and costs of volunteering in community organizations: Review and practical implications


This study reviews the literature on the benefits and costs associated with participation in voluntary organizations. The article looks to answer questions, "Why do people volunteer?" and "Is there a coherent benefit-cost literature that can be used to answer the question of why people volunteer and what they get out of it?"

Valuing Volunteers in Healthcare Organizations


I Introduction

II Step 1: Estimate Volunteer Contributions

III Step 2: Estimate benefits received by volunteer

IV Step 3: With your financial accounts, put it all together in a Expanded Value Added Statement

V Conclusion

--by Laurie Mook, Betty Jane Richmond & Jack Quarter, Volunteer Value Added Project

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