RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service Research

Jewish Service Learning

The RGK Center was asked by United Jewish Communities to complete an analysis of the Jewish identities of Jewish service learning program participants and to describe the characteristics of those programs in 2007-08. Using a mixed-methods research design, this research tells us more about who attends Jewish long-term and short-term service learning programs, the features of these programs, and whether participating in service learning helps to shape Jewish identity.

The Investigator Series

Emerging from student interest and with an eye towards supporting research in the field, the RGK Center initiated the Investigator Series of briefing papers on topics in volunteerism and volunteer management. A sequence of 5 papers emerged from this effort. These papers discuss data sets available to study volunteerism, national data, data on volunteering in Texas and an analysis of methods for computing a value of volunteerism. http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/rgk/investigator/

Public Sector Service

Although often considered the purview of the nonprofit sector, volunteerism is a critical method for the delivery of public service and deliberative governance. Under contract with the Texas Commission for Volunteerism and Community Service (now The OneStar Foundation), the Center analyzed volunteer service and community engagement efforts of 18 Texas state agencies and organizations. (2002)