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Volunteers as social activists: Making a difference

Clear, A.ORCID: 0000-0003-2984-0946 (2017) Volunteers as social activists: Making a difference. Third Sector Review, 23 (1). pp. 123-144.

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Not-for-profit organisations are set up to do something positive in the community. Studies (Onyx et al. 2010; Mosley 2011) have identified various methods used by not-for-profit organisations to influence policy-makers. Not-for-profit organisations with limited resources, a volunteer workforce and a desire to participate in policy debate have used volunteers to advocate and activate. This paper examines the issue of volunteering and social activism, and how volunteers in not-for-profit organisations are involved in policy debate. The findings from four case studies of not-for-profit organisations are examined to demonstrate how not-for-profit organisations are using their volunteer workforce to advocate and influence the policy process.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability
Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Inc
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