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Volunteer Involving Organisations: Governance, Funding and Management in Western Australia in 2009, Companion Report

Holloway, D.A., Paull, M. and Burnett, H. (2010) Volunteer Involving Organisations: Governance, Funding and Management in Western Australia in 2009, Companion Report. Volunteering Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia.

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This companion report is part of a larger project, which examines the management of volunteers, governance issues and social entrepreneurship issues in the volunteering sector. The report analyses the trends in these three areas and is a follow-up from the initial report that was published by Volunteering WA during National Volunteer Week in May this year. This companion report finalises the first phase of this research project. There will be some follow-up research involving case study investigations in selected organisations that will explore these issues in more depth.

As we head into the celebrations for the United Nations International Year of Volunteers + 10 volunteering and volunteer involving organisations are once again in the spotlight. Volunteering WA has continued to support this research because the findings will enable our member organisations to better achieve their primary aims and objectives. The third sector, as you all know, is under considerable pressure to improve levels of transparency and accountability and the findings from this report will be part of the process to help address these issues.

The report first sets out to identify what is happening amongst member organisations in relation to governance structures and practices in which the growing trend is to incorporate corporate governance practices from the private sector. This is then followed by analysis in relation to the critical issue of funding activities and entrepreneurial endeavours. Finally, the report identifies some of the key issues in relation to the role of managers of volunteers.

The report findings are relevant to all our members and I would recommend the report to you. I would like to thank all those who have been involved in this project. The need for organisations to learn and improve is a vital part of this type of research.

Publication Type: Book
Murdoch Affiliation: Murdoch Business School
Publisher: Volunteering Western Australia
Copyright: The authors
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Notes: This project was funded by a 2009 Strategic Research Fund Grant from Murdoch Business School, and supported by Volunteering Western Australia. The initial report Volunteer Involving Organisations: Comparing the management of volunteers in Western Australia in 1994 and 2009 was released in National Volunteer Week in 2010.
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