Volonteurope at Sarajevo, October 8-11, 2009
Academy for Volunteering Germany
What is Online-Volunteering?
Why involve Online-Volunteers
-- why volunteer online?
What Online-Volunteers can do?
Special advantages of Online-
Volunteering-Management and -
The essential investment for Online-
Interactive discussion about internet
source: Syrvania (flickr.com)
„Online-Volunteering refers to
volunteer tasks completed, in a
whole or part, via the internet
and a home or work
source: jcravens (flickr.com)
Answer of the German Enquête-Commission (2002):
Volunteer work is:
without financial considerations
for the benefit of society
Accordingly Online-Volunteering means:
Online-Volunteering refers to cooperative, not enforced, non-for-profit work,
that's done not only in familiar sphere, economy or public administration, for
the benefit of society, via the internet from a home or work computer
respectively from a mobile device.
Only the media makes
the different between
volunteering online and
Virtual volunteering is volunteering
without barriers and borders.
„barriers and borders“ could be:
in terms of time
in terms of handicaps
in terms of temporary disabilities
Randy Tyler (www.randytyler.org)
„… many good reasons to involve
volunteers via online technologies“
the normally not-reached-volunteers
disabled or handicapped people
highly skilled people that have no time
to go to an organization
daily used skills of Netizens are Please find it at:
valuable for nonprofits www.serviceleader.org
for a better working civil society
Patrick Daniels (Blogger on „Association for Volunteer Management“)
…speaks about „the long tail of volunteering“
The very active 20% The less active 80%
The long tail effect:
In case of volunteering the long tail effect means, that many less
active volunteers doing just very little jobs for an organization are
just as powerful as the group of more active volunteers.
How to manage so much volunteers?
How to charge with the necessary resources in the organization?
Build volunteer-task-pools and let volunteers close and work via
Use their resources (e.g. computers, software …)
(~30% according CEV)
Population density in the states of Europe
How can I get engaged, if I life in Finland?
Other reasons to volunteer online:
- work schedules get more flexible
- more possibilities for political associations
- better equipment at home than in a social Organization
- better online-reputation and –branding
Organizations have to be
where the volunteers
Social Media „does take time! There is nothing virtual
about that!“ (Ellis & Cravens . Virtual Volunteering Guide Book. S. 9)
Graphic by Benth Kanter
- minimum one responsible person on 20 volunteers
- educated staff members
- educated in using social media tools
- educated in working with volunteers
- adequate technical equipment
- not the equipment from the past century
- time to do social media
- time to trail new tools
- time to make mistakes
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