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As a leader in the voluntary sector, we offer a wealth of resources and publications on a wide range of topics affecting volunteers and volunteer-involving organizations. Stay on top of volunteering trends and increase your knowledge on topics important to you and your organization.

National Volunteer Week 2016 Promotional Video

Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time.

April 10 to April 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. This year marks the 13th consecutive year that Volunteer Canada and Investors Group have partnered to deliver the NVW campaign.

  • National Volunteer Week 2016 Promotional Video

    Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time.

    April 10 to April 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. This year marks the 13th consecutive year that Volunteer Canada and Investors Group have partnered to deliver the NVW campaign.

  • Volunteers create communities

    Protect your volunteers. Learn more at www.volunteer.ca/membership

  • National Volunteer Week 2015 Promotional Video

    A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Undeniably, volunteers rock.
     
    National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers. NVW 2015 takes place April 12-18. It marks the 12th consecutive year we’ve delivered the NVW campaign in partnership with Investors Group, Canada’s corporate leader in volunteer recognition.
  • National Volunteer Week 2014 Promotional Video

    National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers. 2014 marks the 11th consecutive year we’ve delivered the NVW campaign in partnership with Investors Group, Canada’s corporate leader in volunteer recognition.

    Volunteers strengthen our communities and make our country vibrant. The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, calls Canada “a smart and caring nation.” It’s our dedication to community involvement that has given us that reputation at home and around the globe.

    Canadians from coast to coast are encouraged to call the Volunt-Hear Hotline and participate in a national conversation about volunteer recognition. The hotline is a toll-free number where people can call to leave a brief impact statement and say thank you to a volunteer for their efforts. Why? Because volunteer work speaks volumes! 

  • 2013 Volunteer Recognition Study Launch - Part 2

    In 2013, Volunteer Canada, in partnership with Investors Group, conducted research on best practices in volunteer recognition and the key drivers that lead to volunteer retention. To celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day (November 5), Paula Speevak Sladowski, Interim President & CEO of Volunteer Canada, launched the 2013 Volunteer Recognition Study at the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario's Conference.

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  • 2013 Volunteer Recognition Study Launch - Part 1

    In 2013, Volunteer Canada, in partnership with Investors Group, conducted research on best practices in volunteer recognition and the key drivers that lead to volunteer retention. To celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day (November 5), Paula Speevak Sladowski, Interim President & CEO of Volunteer Canada, launched the 2013 Volunteer Recognition Study at the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario's Conference.

    Click here to read the report.

  • PREB Virtual Ribbon Cutting video

    To kick off National Volunteer Week 2013, Volunteer Canada announced the nationwide rollout of PREB with a "Virtual Ribbon Cutting" ceremony on Facebook. To view the online event, click here.

    Developed by the Centre d'action bénévole de Québec and adapted to English thanks to support from Investors Group, PREB is Canada's first comprehensive, national volunteer recognition program. It formally acknowledges volunteer contributions and provides professional references for volunteer experience. To learn more, click here.

  • NVW 2013 Volunteer Recognition Seminar

    Volunteer Canada has produced a Volunteer Recognition Seminar to act as an overarching guide to organizations' approaches to their NVW/volunteer recognition activities. The seminar is facilitated by Ruth Vant of the Canadian Journal of Volunteer Resources Management and stems from her article on the evolution of volunteer recognition practices in the journal's 20th anniversary edition.

  • Volunteer Canada's 2013 PSA

    Volunteer Canada's newest PSA.

  • www.volunteer.ca - video site tour

    On December 5, 2012 - International Volunteer Day - Volunteer Canada launched its new website: www.volunteer.ca. Check out this brief video site tour to find out how the site can work for you!

  • National Volunteer Week 2012 Promotional Video

    National Volunteer Week (NVW) pays tribute to the millions of Canadian volunteers who graciously donate their time and energy. It is Canada’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism and civic participation.

  • Building the Bridge: Tools and Resources to Enrich Volunteer Engagement: Skills-Plus

    This video seminar outlines the key components of a new tool, Skill-Plus. The tool matches the experience gained from a variety of volunteer opportunities to key competencies required in a range of occupations.

Contributions

IMAGINE CANADA - Who are Managers of Volunteers?

A fact sheet highlighting the characteristics of managers of volunteers. For more information on volunteer resource management, click here

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BCCPD - Social Organization Framework: PowerPoint Presentation

This presentation, contributed by the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, focuses on social networks—relationships among individuals, families and their community.

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STATISTICS CANADA - Employer Support of Volunteering

This article from Statistics Canada focuses on volunteers who are employed, comparing those who receive support from their employers for their volunteer activities with those who do not.

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PSC - Best Practice Guidelines for Screening Volunteers: Finding the Right Match

This document, produced by Public Safety Canada, outlines best practices for screening volunteers within voluntary organizations. To learn more about screening, click here.

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RABQ - Making Room for Young People

A questionnaire and steps to follow in paving the way for the integration of young people, contributed by Réseau de l'action bénévole du Québec.

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HON - Principles of Excellence for Corporate Volunteer Councils

This fact sheet developed by the HandsOn Network is designed to better serve developing and well-established corporate volunteer councils by offering benchmarks and guiding their work to improve and expand their organization. 

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CCG - Building Bridges: A Guide for Making Volunteer Programs Accessible to Persons of Diverse Cultures with Various Levels of English Language Proficiency

This guide, contributed by the Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, shows organizations how to design their programs to be accessible to people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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VOLUNTEER OTTAWA - Untapped Resources: Opportunities for Volunteers with Limited English and French Language Skills

A self-assessment tool from Volunteer Ottawa for program managers.

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POL - Toolkit for Developing & Strengthening Corporate Volunteer Councils

This publication from the Points of Light Foundation offers a how-to resource to help build or strengthen a corporate volunteer council. It provides useful tools, effective practices, ideas, and information that will help new and existing CVCs grow and prosper.

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CCVO - Beyond the Boomers: A Guidebook for Building an Immigrant Workforce in the Nonprofit Sector

A guidebook by the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations for integrating newcomers into the non-profit and voluntary sectors in Canada.

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POL - Creating Group Projects

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CIFAR - Volunteerism and Civic Engagement Among New Canadians

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CCSD - Making Connections: Social and Civic Engagement among Canadian Immigrants

This report by the Canadian Council on Social Development examines different measures of social and civic engagement among newcomers and flags areas of concern.

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HANDS ON NETWORK - Creating Opportunities to Serve

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STATISTICS CANADA - Giving and Volunteering Among Canada’s Immigrants

This article by Statistics Canada explores the giving and volunteering habits of newcomers to Canada, drawing on data from the 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating.

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VMB - Group Volunteering: Team Leader Handbook

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CUSO - A Global Volunteering Movement

A guide to international volunteering produced by CUSO International.

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FON - Leadership Basics: A Guide to Leading Groups of Volunteers

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CUSO - National Volunteering

This resource, contributed by CUSO International, encourages people to get involved in community development within their own countries. It’s produced by CUSO International.

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VOLUNTEER CALGARY - Targeted Recruitment Exercise

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CUSO - The Business of Volunteering

This document outlines CUSO International’s corporate volunteering program.

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THE PHILANTHROPIST - Volunteering: A Catalyst for Citizen Engagement, Social Inclusion, and Resilient Communities

This article was published in The Philanthropist, Volume 25, Issue 1, February, 2013.

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CUSO - Diaspora Volunteering

The CUSO International Diaspora Volunteering Program aims to support and promote the mobilization of diaspora communities to actively contribute—through volunteering—to the fight against poverty and disadvantage in their countries of heritage or origin.

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TD ECONOMICS - An Economist's Case for Volunteering

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, TD Economics produced a one-page perspective that puts the value of volunteerism in dollar terms, speaking to both the tangible economic benefits and the societal importance of volunteerism in Canada. 

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OVCN - A Guide to Cultural Competency Application of the Canadian Code

The goal of this guide, produced by the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network, is to show organizations ways to be welcoming of new Canadians. Using the guide, organizations can build inclusive volunteer programs.

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VOLUNTARY SECTOR AGENCIES - Voluntary Sector Framework for Health Emergencies

The Framework for Health Emergencies is a collaborative project of voluntary sector agencies that provides a call to action for your organization to internally prepare for an emergency and to think about how your organization can best contribute to a response.

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UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA - Developing an engagement strategy to strengthen community and regional collaboration through the Government Non-Profit Initiative

This report, written by Patricia Pearson, MPA candidate at the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, provides three high-level options to integrate regional representation into the Government Non-Profit Initiative in British Columbia.
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CGCE - The World of Volunteering in 2017 and Beyond

This report, contributed by the Centre for Global and Community Engagement at the University of Ottawa, gives an overview of the principal themes discusses in round-tables about the way volunteering will be represented in 2017, when Canada turns 150 years old.

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VOLUNTARY SECTOR AGENCIES - Maintaining the Passion: Sustaining the Emergency Response Episodic Volunteer

This document, which is a collaborative project of voluntary sector agencies, explores the trend of episodic volunteering during emergencies, and outlines how volunteers should be managed during a health emergency.

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DELOITTE - 2010 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey

The Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Research Series is a key compontent of Deloitte's commitment to building the business case for, and advanding the dialogue about, corporate skills-based volunteerism and pro bono. These are the results of the 2010 survey.

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VOLUNTEER ALBERTA - The Potential Impact of Canadian Federal and/or Provincial Tax Credit Incentives for Volunteer Participation

This report examines how a tax credit for volunteer time would affect the voluntary sector in Canada. To learn more about tax incentives for volunteering, click here.

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CANADIAN RED CROSS - Integrating Emergency Management and High-Risk Populations: Survey Report and Action Recommendations

This resource, contributed by the Canadian Red Cross, outlines the findings from a survey conducted for voluntary organizations working with high-risk populations on the level of consideration given to high-risk populations during an emergency.

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DELOITTE - 2011 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey: Executive Summary

The Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Research Series is a key compontent of Deloitte's commitment to building the business case for, and advanding the dialogue about, corporate skills-based volunteerism and pro bono. This document summarizes the findings of the 2011 survey.

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VIU - Tax Credit Incentives for Volunteer Participation: A White Paper Supporting the Policy

This white paper argues in favour of implementing a tax credit for volunteer involvement. To learn more about tax incentives for volunteering, click here.

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EMO - Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Special Needs

This resource was prepared by the Government of Ontario's Emergency Management Ontario in partnership with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.

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CITY OF LONDON - Volunteering: The Business Case

This report from the City of London highlights the benefits of corproate volunteering programmes in education.

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CVSRD - Community Resiliency Handbook

This activity book, contributed by the Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development at Carleton University, allows community organizations to prepare for service continuity in times of disaster.

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CARLETON UNIVERSITY - Working Paper Series: From Response to Resilience: Understanding Voluntary Organizations in Health Emergency Management

A report from the Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development and the School of Public Policy & Administration at Carleton University.

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CLAN WA INC - Developing the Volunteer Motivation Inventory to Assess the Underlying Motivational Drives of Volunteers in Western Australia

This research project from CLAN WA explores what actually motivates a person to volunteer, with notion that the understanding of these motivations can be of great assistance to organizations in attracting, placing and retaining volunteers.

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IMAGINE CANADA - Managers of Volunteers: A Profile of the Profession

This document highlights the findings of a national survey on the characteristics of volunteer management professionals. To learn more about volunteer resource management, click here.

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BCCPD - C-MIST: The Functional Needs Framework

This PowerPoint presentation by the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities provides an overview of the personal emergency preparedness planning process using the five categories of the Functional Needs Framework: Communication, Medical, Independence, Supervision, Transportation.

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SSIR - Collective Impact

This article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review explores the broad cross-sector coordination required for large-scale social change, noting that the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

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National Volunteer Week

NVW - Social Media Content Bank

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NVW - Mayoral Proclamation

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NVW - Thank You Card

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NVW - Poster

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NVW - 7 Questions to answer before planning your NVW campaign

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NVW - Banner

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NVW - Campaign Planner

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NVW - E-signature

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NVW - Letterhead

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NVW - PowerPoint

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NVW - Certificate of Appreciation

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NVW - Event Planning Template

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NVW - Event Scenario Template

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NVW - Media Relations Tip Sheet

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NVW - Media Release Template

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NVW - Social Media Tip Sheet

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NVW - Government Relations Tip Sheet

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NVW - Letter to an Elected Official Template

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Reports

MANDATORY COMMUNITY SERVICE - Volunteering and Mandatory Community Service: Exploring the Theme

The first paper in a series. This document looks at differences between mandatory community service and volunteering. To learn more about engaging volunteers in mandatory community service programs, click here.

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BOARD - Advocacy on the Agenda: Preparing Voluntary Boards for Public Policy Participation

This resource supports boards in their advocacy work. To learn more about board volunteering, click here.

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MANDATORY COMMUNITY SERVICE - Volunteering and Mandatory Community Service: A Discussion Paper

This document explores how mandatory community service differs from volunteering. It includes a lengthy reference list. To learn more about engaging volunteers in mandatory community service programs, click here.

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BOOMERS - Transforming 50+ Volunteering

To learn more about volunteering and older adults, click here.

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MANDATORY COMMUNITY SERVICE - Volunteering and Mandatory Community Service: Implications for Volunteer Program Management

This document discusses best practices for managing mandatory community service participants within organizations. To learn more about engaging volunteers in mandatory community service programs, click here.

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BOOMERS - Volunteering and Older Adults: Final Report

This paper provides a comprehensive review of research on the nature and scope of baby boomer and senior citizen volunteering. To learn more about volunteering and older adults, click here.

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CCVI - Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement: Roundtable Discussions

Highlights from roundtable discussions on the practical application of the Code and its importance to the voluntary sector. To learn more about the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement, click here. To learn more about engaging newcomer volunteers, click here.

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BRIDGING THE GAP - Building the Bridge II: Full Report

This report builds on the findings of the 2010 Bridging the Gap report. To learn more about the Bridging the Gap research study, click here.

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BOARD - Directors’ Liability: A Discussion Paper on Legal Liability, Risk Management and the Role of Directors in Non-Profit Organizations

This resource informs board members of their legal duties and offers a practical "prevention checklist" to minimize personal liability.

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CCVI - Harbourfront Centre Case Study

This case study is intended to provide an example of how Harbourfront Centre reviewed the Canadian Code, for Volunteer Involvement and set forth a thorough review of each of the organizational standards.

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VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT - Rethinking Volunteer Engagement

This essay calls upon voluntary organizations from across the country to rethink their approach to engaging volunteers. To learn more about volunteer resource management, click here.

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ANNUAL REPORT - Volunteer Canada Annual Report 2012-2013

The 2012-2013 Annual Report speaks to our successes over the year and highlights our key outcomes.

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ANNUAL REPORT - Volunteer Canada Annual Report 2009-2010

The 2009-2010 Annual Report speaks to our successes over the year and highlights our key outcomes.

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VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT - A Matter of Design: Job Design Theory and Application to the Voluntary Sector

A discussion paper and practice guide that challenges organizations to fundamentally rethink the involvement of volunteers. To learn more about volunteer resource management, click here.

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VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT - 2013 Volunteer Recognition Study

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ANNUAL REPORT - Volunteer Canada Annual Report 2008-2009

The 2008-2009 Annual Report speaks to our successes over the year and highlights our key outcomes.

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SKILLS-BASED - Skills-Based Volunteering Case Study: Vantage Point

One of four case studies following a number of organizations through their process of incorporating skills-based volunteers at their organization. To learn more about skills-based volunteering, click here.

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ANNUAL REPORT - Volunteer Canada Annual Report 2013-2014

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ANNUAL REPORT - Volunteer Canada Annual Report 2007-2008

The 2007-2008 Annual Report speaks to our successes over the year and highlights our key outcomes.

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SKILLS-BASED - Skills-Based Volunteering Case Study: Volunteer Calgary

One of four case studies following a number of organizations through their process of incorporating skills-based volunteers at their organization. To learn more about skills-based volunteering, click here.

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INSTITUTE - Employer-Supported Volunteering: The Practice and the Promise of Community Engagement

This primer on employer-supported volunteering was developed by Volunteer Canada and the RBC Foundation as the Canadian Institute for Business and Community Engagement's first publication.

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CCVI - Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement: 2012 Edition

The Code provides voluntary organizations with a framework for engaging volunteers. The publication outlines the values, principles and standards attached to effective volunteer practices within organizations. To learn more about the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement, click here. To learn more about engaging newcomer volunteers, click here.

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SKILLS-BASED - Skills-Based Volunteering Case Study: Framework Foundation

One of four case studies following a number of organizations through their process of incorporating skills-based volunteers at their organization.

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ESV - Canadian Code for Employer-Supported Volunteering

Supported by Cenovus Energy.

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BOOMERS - Volunteering: A Booming Trend

This resource is for baby boomers interested in volunteering. It shows the importance of volunteering, and lets boomers know how they can get involved. To learn more about volunteering and older adults, click here.

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SKILLS-BASED - Skills-Based Volunteering Case Study: The Ivy Hospice

One of four case studies following a number of organizations through their process of incorporating skills-based volunteers at their organization. To learn more about skills-based volunteering, click here.

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ANNUAL REPORT - Volunteer Canada Annual Report 2014-2015

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FAMILIES & GROUPS - Family Volunteering: A Discussion Paper

This paper looks at current trends in family volunteering. It shows organizations how to attract family volunteers. To learn more about engaging family volunteers, click here.

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BRIDGING THE GAP - Bridging the Gap in Ontario

This report was commissioned by the Voluntary Sector Relations Unit of The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. To learn more about the Bridging the Gap research study, click here.

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FAMILIES & GROUPS - Family Volunteering: The Final Report

This report is based on a national survey on family volunteering that found family volunteer opportunities may attract volunteers who would not otherwise get involved. To learn more about engaging family volunteers, click here.

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SCREENING - 2012 Screening Handbook

This guide defines volunteer screening and outlines the responsibilities of organizations in screening volunteers. To learn more about screening, click here.

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SKILLS-BASED - Skills-Based Volunteering: A Discussion Paper

This paper explores trends in skills-based volunteering and provides a framework for building a skills-based volunteer strategy. To learn more about skills-based volunteering, click here.

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ANNUAL REPORT - Volunteer Canada Annual Report 2011-2012

The 2011-2012 Annual Report speaks to our successes over the year and highlights our key outcomes.

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BRIDGING THE GAP - Bridging the Gap Report

This report identifies the pitfalls and opportunities in today’s Canadian volunteer landscape. To learn more about the Bridging the Gap research study, click here.

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READY FOR CRISIS - Prepare to Survive, Prepare to Help: Community Training in Emergency Planning for People with Disabilities

With this manual, prepared in partnership with the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, you can hold a one-day training workshop for non-profit and disability organizations.

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POLICY - Discussion Paper: Attaching Economic Value to Volunteer Contribution

This report discusses the philosophical and practical implications of calculating the economic value of volunteering.

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ANNUAL REPORT - Volunteer Canada Annual Report 2010-2011

The 2010-2011 Annual Report speaks to our successes over the year and highlights our key outcomes.

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Tools

BOOMERS - Building the Bridge to Baby Boomer Volunteers: Fact Sheet

This fact sheet outlines the features of baby boomer volunteers. Organizations can use it to better engage older volunteers. To learn more about volunteering and older adults, click here.

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YOUTH - Building Blocks for Youth Volunteer Engagement

This tool outlines key strategies for effectively engaging youth in voluntary organizations. To learn more about engaging youth volunteers, click here.

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CORPORATE - Volunteer Canada: Community Involvement Solutions

A brochure outlining the consulting and employee volunteering services offered by Volunteer Canada

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ESV - Building the Bridge to Employer-Supported Volunteers

This fact sheet highlights the importance of employer-supported volunteers to the Canadian voluntary sector, lists general characteristics of employer-supported volunteers, and offers tips on how to overcome barriers to engagings employer-supported volunteers. For more on employer-supported volunteers, click here.

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FAMILIES & GROUPS - Building Blocks for Family Volunteering: Tools and Resources for Organizations

This resource shows organizations how to start a family volunteering program. It includes helpful tools. It also draws on research. To learn more about engaging family volunteers, click here.

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YOUTH - Building the Bridge to Youth Volunteers

This fact sheet outlines the barriers and opportunities to youth engagement. To learn more about engaging youth volunteers, click here.

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BRIDGING THE GAP - Bridging the Gap Fact Sheet

This document offers a brief look at the Bridging the Gap report. To learn more about the Bridging the Gap research study, click here.

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SCREENING - Vulnerable Sector Scenarios

This document outlines the various scenarious in which the police service can and cannot perform a VS check. For more information about screening, click here.

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FAMILIES & GROUPS - Building Blocks for Family Volunteering: Key Resources for Families

This tool gives families information about family volunteering. It offers volunteering ideas and shows families how to find opportunities. To learn more about engaging family volunteers, click here.

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YOUTH - Engaging Youth Effectively: A Case Study for Volunteer Centres

This case study provides an overview of the youth engagement pilot project undertaken in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and offers insights into effectively involving youth in community. To learn more about engaging youth volunteers, click here.

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SKILLS-BASED - Skills-Plus Playing Cards

A fun skills-based resource for organizations. To learn more about skills-based volunteering, click here.

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INSTITUTE - Employer-Supported Volunteering: The Practice and the Promise of Community Engagement - One-Pager

This one-pager on employer-supported volunteering was developed by Volunteer Canada and the RBC Foundation as a summary of the Canadian Institute for Business and Community Engagement's first publication. To read the full report, click here.

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FAMILIES & GROUPS - An Executive Summary of Family Volunteering: The Final Report

This document summarizes the findings from Family Volunteering: The Final Report. To learn more about engaging family volunteers, click here.

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YOUTH - 10 Ways to Make Your Organization Youth Friendly

This tip sheet offers 10 easy steps to better integrate young people in your organization. To learn more about engaging youth volunteers, click here.

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SKILLS-BASED - Additional Resources for Skills-Based Volunteering

A skills-based resource for organizations. To learn more about skills-based volunteering, click here.

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SCREENING - National Dialogue on Screening 2014 - Summary

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FAMILIES & GROUPS - Building the Bridge to Family Volunteers: Fact Sheet

This document explains the characteristics of family volunteers. It points out common barriers to engaging family volunteers and offers solutions. To learn more about engaging family volunteers, click here.

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YOUTH - Volunteer Connections: New Strategies for Involving Youth

This resource assists managers of volunteers in recruiting and engaging youth volunteers. To learn more about engaging youth volunteers, click here.

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SKILLS-BASED - Examples of Value Statements for Volunteer Involvement

A resource for a skills-based approach to volunteer involvement. To learn more about skills-based volunteering, click here.
 

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IMPACT - Value of Volunteering Backgrounder

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FAMILIES & GROUPS - Volunteer Connections: Family Volunteering – Making it Official

This manual shows organizations how to reach out to families. It teaches them how to engage families in volunteering. To learn more about engaging family volunteers, click here.

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NEWCOMERS - Building Blocks for Engaging Newcomer Volunteers

This resource outlines best practices for voluntary organizations looking to make their programs accessible and attractive to newcomers. To learn more about newcomer volunteers, click here.

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BRIDGING THE GAP - Building the Bridge II: PowerPoint Presentation

This PowerPoint presentation summarizes the findings of the second phase of research following the 2010 Bridging the Gap report. To learn more about the Bridging the Gap research study, click here.

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SCREENING - 10 Steps of Screening

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SKILLS-BASED - Skills-Plus Tools

Skills-Plus Tools match volunteer experience to core career skills. To learn more about skills-based volunteering, click here.

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NEWCOMERS - Building Blocks for Newcomers Volunteering: A Newcomer’s Guide to Volunteering

This guide, aimed at newcomers to Canada, outlines the basics of volunteering and provides suggestions for getting involved in community. To learn more about newcomer volunteers, click here.

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NVW - NVW 2013 Volunteer Recognition Challenge: A Post-Seminar Take-Away Tool

To watch Ruth Vant's video seminar on volunteer recognition, click here.

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SKILLS-BASED - Skills-Based Volunteering Cycle

This tool displays six steps organizations should consider when implementing a skills-based approach to volunteer engagement. To learn more about skills-based volunteering, click here.

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FAMILIES & GROUPS - Group Volunteering Handbook: Tools and Resources for Organizations and Volunteer Centres

This tool shows organizations how to create group volunteering opportunities. It provides best practices for group volunteering and lists helpful resources. To learn more about group volunteering, click here.

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MEMBERSHIP - Testimonials

Volunteer Canada provides its members with a robust suite of tangible benefits. This document showcases what some of our memberes have to say. To learn more about membership with Volunteer Canada, click here.

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SKILLS-BASED - FAQs of Skills-Based Volunteer Engagement

Have a question about skills-based volunteering? This FAQ can help you out. To learn more about skills-based volunteering, click here.

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FAMILIES & GROUPS - Group Volunteering: Key Resources for Groups Wanting to Volunteer

This tool for volunteers outlines the basics of group volunteering. It provides tips for finding a fulfilling group volunteering opportunity and it includes links to more great resources. To learn more about group volunteering, click here.

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POLICY - Changing Demographics, Volunteerism and Citizen Engagement

This is a presentation given by Leila Fenc of Deloitte Canada at The Public Policy Summit on Volunteering and Citizen Engagement in 2013.

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SCREENING - Report from the National Dialogue on Volunteer Screening

This document summarizes the key learnings from a recent national dialogue on the role of screening within national voluntary organizations. To learn more about screening, click here

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READY FOR CRISIS - Virtual Networks: Twitter

This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of how to use Twitter during an emergency.

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POLICY - Measuring the Value and Impact of Volunteering and Citizen Engagement

This presentation was given by Rose Anne Delvin at The Public Policy Summit on Volunteering and Citizen Engagement in 2013.

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VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT - A Guide to Volunteer Program Management Resources

This document lists the "top" volunteer management resources, books, guides and manuals from Canada and around the world. A brief description and review accompanies each item. To learn more about volunteer resource management, click here.

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READY FOR CRISIS - Virtual Networks: Facebook

This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of how to use Facebook during an emergency.

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POLICY - Public Policy, Volunteering and Citizen Engagement

This presentation was given by Peter R. Elson, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University, at The Public Policy Summit on Volunteering and Citizen Engagement in 2013.

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BRIDGING THE GAP - Bridging the Gap Summary

This brochure summarizes the findings of the Bridging the Gap report. To learn more about the Bridging the Gap research study, click here.

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VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT - Facilitated Discussions: A Volunteer Management Workbook

By following the steps in this workbook, voluntary organization staff and/or volunteers can systematically capture stakeholder comments, data and develop strategies for integrating this information into program design and delivery. To learn more about volunteer resource management, click here.

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TAX CREDITS - Volunteer Tax Credits: Good for Some, Bad for Others?

This issue of Volunteer Canada's members-only newsletter explores the issue of tax credits for volunteer time. It includes in-depth analysis, expert opinions, and interviews with voluntary sector and government players. To learn more about tax incentives for volunteering, click here.

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POLICY - The Impact of Changing Demogrpahics on Volunteering and Citizen Engagement

This presentation was given by Paula Speevak Sladowski, Interim President and COO at Volunteer Canada, at The Public Policy Summit on Volunteering and Citizen Engagement in 2013.

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CCVI - Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement: Pamphlet

The Code's bilingual pamphlet briefly outlines the Guiding Principles and Values for volunteer involvement, and lays out the 14 Organizational Standards included in the Code. To learn more about the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement, click here. To learn more about engaging newcomer volunteers, click here.

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VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT - Volunteer Connections: Creating an Accessible and Inclusive Environment

This resource offers practical tips for volunteer engagement. It provides a framework to help organizations create an accessible and welcoming environment. To learn more about volunteer resource management, click here.

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BRIDGING THE GAP - Bridging the Gap Presentation

A PowerPoint presentation of the Bridging the Gap report. To learn more about the Bridging the Gap research study, click here.

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POLICY - The Value and Impact of Volunteering and Citizen Engagmen

This presentation was given by Tim Beachy at The Public Policy Summit on Volunteering and Citizen Engagement in 2013.

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CCVI - Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement: An Audit Tool

Organizations can use the Audit Tool to assess their volunteer programs. It’s intended for organizations that have already adopted the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement as well as those that haven’t. To learn more about the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement, click here. To learn more about engaging newcomer volunteers, click here.

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CORPORATE - About the Corporate Council on Volunteering

The Corporate Council on Volunteering works collaboratively to deliver strong leadership in the area of corporate citizenship in Canada. To learn more about their activities, click here.

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CORPORATE - Get Volunteering

This is an integrated national communications study.

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POLICY - We Give Where We Live

This presentation was given by Jim Schnarr of the TELUS Team at The Public Policy Summit on Volunteering and Citizen Engagement in 2013.

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BOOMERS - Transitions, Milestones, and Legacies: Retirement Planning Module on Volunteering

This tool shows the benefits of volunteering as part of a full retirement plan. Retirees can find opportunities that suit their motivations and life circumstances. To learn more about volunteering and older adults, click here.

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SCREENING - Safe Enough? Reviewing Your Screening Practices

This brochure leads organizations through a review of their current screening practices. To learn more about screening, click here.

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POLICY - Public Policy Summit on Volunteering, Civic Engagement and Social Inclusion: Summary

This document offers a short summary of the Public Policy Summit on Volunteering, Civic Engagement and Social Inclusion.

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POLICY - Accounting for Volunteer Contributions: A Different Story, A Different Paradigm

This presentation was given by Laurie Mook of Arizona State University at The Public Policy Summit on Volunteering and Citizen Engagement in 2013.

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BOOMERS - Building Blocks for Boomer Volunteer Engagement

This tool lists the opportunities and barriers to boomer engagement. It also gives organization tips for recruiting and retaining baby boomer volunteers. To learn more about volunteering and older adults, click here.

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SCREENING - Understanding Police Records Checks

This guide, produced in partnership with the RCMP, explains the different types of police record checks. To learn more about screening, click here.

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BOOMERS - Volunteer Connections: New Strategies for Involving Older Adults

This resource advises organizations on how to recruit and retain older adults as volunteers. To learn more about volunteering and older adults, click here.

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POLICY - Executive Summary of the 2013 Public Policy Summit on Volunteering and Citizen Engagement

This is the executive summary of The Public Policy Summit on Volunteering and Citizen Engagement in 2013.

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