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Transforming Disruption to Impact: Rethinking Volunteer Engagement for a Rapidly Changing World

Engaging volunteers has been a crucial strategy for us all to solve problems, but the events of 2020 and beyond have disrupted how people volunteer and work. Unlike in the past, when Americans collectively volunteered in record numbers, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have restricted traditional volunteering. Even though many organizations have put their engagement strategies on hold, others have seen a dramatic increase in demand, the growing spotlight on racial injustices, as well as the opportunities that stem from technology. Instead of hibernating, these forward-thinkers actively adapted to engage community members despite the disruptions.

Transforming Disruption to Impact captures the ways and means used to engage with volunteers to address the world’s most critical issues—made even more crucial because of the pandemic. This book is a collection of essays and writings that highlight practical, future-focused, innovative, and inspirational volunteer engagement strategies, practices, and tactics. These were born out of necessity and are evergreen. They are, in many ways, the future of service we can expect for generations to come. Here, you’ll learn from globally recognized social impact professionals from across the nonprofit, governmental, and corporate responsibility sectors about the different ways they engage people in volunteer service during such a challenging time across the globe. This book brings together the voices of CEOs, funders, corporate engagement leaders, volunteers, and volunteer engagement professionals—a collection of exemplary stories from those who transformed the disruptions into impact. These stories are the key to unlocking that potential.

ISBN: 978-1-63755-286-5

SKU: 18-976-01