Leading Research Articles on Volunteering


1. Campbell, K. H. (2004, October). From research to action: A unified national response to the 2004 Volunteer Management Capacity Study. Washington, DC: National Human Services Assembly. Retrieved from http://www.nationalassembly.org/publications/PubsByCategory.aspx?CategoryID=104

2. Eystad, M. (1997). Measuring the difference volunteers make: A guide to outcome evaluation for volunteer program managers. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Human Services. Retrieved from http://www.serviceleader.org/leaders/evaluation

3. Hoffman, M. K. (1996). Will the best of intentions be enough? A report on volunteerism among the nation’s voluntary health agencies. Washington, DC: Points of Light Foundation.

4. National Human Services Assembly. (n.d.). Volunteer enterprise: Building capacity for civic engagement. Washington, DC. Retrieved from www.energizeinc.com/art/subj/documents/The_Vol_Enterprise_Org_Readiness_Brief_NHSA.pdf

5. UPS Foundation. (1998). Managing volunteers. A report from: United Parcel Service. St. Louis, MO: Author. Retrieved from http://academic.regis.edu/volunteer/specialcollection/SpecFiles/1998UPSsurvey.pdf


6. Brown, E. (1999). The scope of volunteer activity and public service. Law and Contemporary Problems, 62(4), 17–42. Retrieved from http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/lcp/vol62/iss4/2/

7. Bussell, H., & Forbes, D. (2002). Understanding the volunteer market: The what, where, who and why of volunteering. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 7(3), 244–257. Retrieved from http://tees.openrepository.com/tees/bitstream/10149/58387/5/58387.pdf

8. Clary, E. G., Snyder, M., Ridge, R. D., Copeland, J., Stukas, A. A., Haugen, J., & Miene, P. (1998). Understanding and assessing the motivations of volunteers: A functional approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74(6), 1516–1530. Retrieved from www.comm.umn.edu/~akoerner/courses/5431-S13/Clary%20et%20al.%20(1998).pdf

9. Clary, E. G., Snyder, M., & Stukas, A. A. (1996). Volunteers' motivations: Findings from a national survey. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 25(4), 485–505. Available at http://nvs.sagepub.com/content/25/4/485.abstract

10. Cnaan, R. A., Handy, F., & Wadsworth, M. (1996). Defining who is a volunteer: Conceptual and empirical considerations. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 25(3), 364–383. Available at http://nvs.sagepub.com/content/25/3/364.abstract

11. Fox, J. E. (2000). Balancing family, volunteer and work roles: The relationship among strategies, situations and satisfaction. (Doctoral Dissertation.) Retrieved from ETD Collection for University of Nebraska -­‐ Lincoln. (Paper AAI9984939). Available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI9984939

12. Freeman, R. B. (1996, January). Working for nothing: The supply of volunteer labor (Working Paper 5435). Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. Retrieved from http://www.nber.org/papers/w5435.pdf?new_window=1

13. Garland, D., Myers, D., & Wolfer, T. A. (2006). Self-­‐reported outcomes of service in the lives of congregational volunteers. Paper presented at the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Associations, Washington, DC, November 19, and at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Convention, Rochester, NY, November 5. Retrieved from http://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/22976.pdf

14. Hager, M. A., & Brudney J.L. (2004). Balancing act: The challenges and benefits of volunteers. (Policy Brief #4, Volunteer Management Capacity Study.) Retrieved from The Urban Institute website: http://www.urban.org/publications/411125.html

15. Hager, M. A. (2004). Volunteer management capacity in America's charities and congregations: A briefing report. (Briefing Report, Volunteer Management Capacity Study.) Retrieved from The Urban Institute website: http://www.urban.org/publications/410963.html

16. Hager, M. A., & Brudney, J. L. (2004, February). Volunteer management practices and retention of volunteers. (Policy Brief #2, Volunteer Management Capacity Study.) Retrieved from The Urban Institute website: http://www.urban.org/publications/411005.html

17. Kimpton, J. S., & Sharp, M. K. (1998). Reasons for hope, voices for change. Retrieved from the Annenburg Institute for School Reform website: annenberginstitute.org/publication/reasons-hope-voices-change-report-annenberg-institute-public-engagement-public-educati-0

18. Liu, W., & Aaker, J. (2008). The happiness of giving: The time-­‐ask effect. Journal of Consumer Research, 35(3), 543–557. Retrieved from faculty-gsb.stanford.edu/aaker/pages/documents/Happinessofgiving.pdf

19. Rehnborg, S. J. (2009). Strategic volunteer engagement: A guide for nonprofit and public sector leaders. Austin, TX: University of Texas at Austin. Available at http://www.serviceleader.org/about/guide

20. Rochester, C. (1999). One size does not fit all: Four models of involving volunteers in small voluntary organizations. Voluntary Action, 1(2), 7–20. Retrieved from www.ivr.org.uk/images/stories/Institute-of-Volunteering-Research/VA-Documents/VA1_2/article1_rochester.pdf

21. Thoits, P. A., & Hewitt, L. N. (2001). Volunteer work and well-­‐being. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 42, 115–131. Available at http://www.jstor.org/stable/3090173

22. Wilson, J. (2000). Volunteering. Annual Review of Sociology, 26, 215–40. Available at http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.soc.26.1.215?journalCode=soc

23. Wilson, J., & Musick, M. (1997). Who cares? Towards an integrated theory of volunteer work. American Sociological Review, 62, 694–713. Available at http://www.jstor.org/stable/2657355

24. Wilson, J., & Musick, M. (1999). The effects of volunteering on the volunteer. Law and Contemporary Problems, 62(4), 141–168. Retrieved from http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/lcp/vol62/iss4/7/

Publications from Archives

1. Blair, J., Cheplick, T., & Jones, S. (2003, March). The cost of a volunteer. Berkley, CA: The Grantmaker Forum on Community & National Service. Retrieved from http://www.pacefunders.org/archivesw.html

2. Gibson, C. (2001, November). From inspiration to participation: A review of perspectives on youth civic engagement. Berkley, CA: The Grantmaker Forum on Community & National Service in cooperation with Carnegie Corporation of New York. Retrieved from http://www.pacefunders.org/archivesw.html

3. Grossman, J. B., & Furano, K. (1999). Making the most of volunteers. Washington, DC: Public/Private Ventures. Retrieved from http://ppv.issuelab.org/resource/making_the_most_of_volunteers

4. Perry, J. L. (2000). The state of service-­‐related research: Opportunities to build a field. Berkeley, CA: Grantmaker Forum on Community & National Service.

Articles and Opinion Pieces

1. Drucker, P. (2001, November 1). The next society. The Economist. Retrieved from: http://www.economist.com/node/770819

2. Davis Smith, J. (2008). The inflatable log: Volunteering, the state and democracy. In J. Davis Smith & M. Locke (Eds.), Volunteering and the test of time: Essays for policy, organization and research, pp. 19–28 London: Institute for Volunteering Research. Available at www.energizeinc.com/store/5-229-E-1.

3. Gerson, M. J. (1998). Do do-­‐gooders do much good? pp. 85–104. In McGuckin, F. (Ed.). Volunteerism. New York: H.W. Wilson Co. (Or, Gerson, M. J. (1997, April 20). Do do-­‐ gooders do much good? U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved from http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/970428/archive_005844_3.htm.)

Critical Web Resources

1. http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/research.cfm

2. http://iave.org/content/state-health-corporate-volunteering

3. http://www.energizeinc.com/art.html