Advocacy, Ethics, and Trends


Resources, trends, and legislation specific to volunteer engagement and management.

Volunteer Engagement and Best Practices ResourcesReference Resources
Organization Sample StatementsAcademic Articles
  • The Ethics of Volunteerism in Translation” examines a high-profile beneficiary of volunteer translation, Translators Without Borders, and its role in the platform economy.
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review’s “Ethics and Nonprofits” examines the factors affecting moral conduct and ethical issues in nonprofit organizations.

Micro (local, individual level) trends impacting individual organizations and associations
Animal Welfare 
Board/Volunteer Diversity
Cultural/Performing Arts
Healthcare/Affordable Care Act
Online Communication Tools 
Macro (national, international) trends impacting the overall field of volunteer engagement 
All Ages Volunteering 
Artificial intelligence
  • Review these accessibility resources from RespectAbility Inclusive Philanthropy, philanthropy’s partner in enabling funders to make the maximum impact in tomorrow’s diverse organizations.
  • Disability: IN is a leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion practices, has compiled this resource library for employers.
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides free consulting services for all employers about all aspects of employment accommodations.
  • Inclusive Volunteering at The Arc ensures all community members can give back to their communities.
  • Fostering Inclusive Volunteering & Service Learning: The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) is composed of partners with expertise in disability, education, employment, and workforce development issues, and is charged with assisting state and local workforce development systems to integrate youth with disabilities into their service strategies.
Public Health and Safety
Purposeful volunteering 
Racial justice and equity
  • Dereca Blackmon, former Stanford University Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director of the Diversity and Inclusion Office and former Associate Dean and Director of the Diversity and First-Gen Office, is CEO of Inclusion Design Group. Blackmon’s company provides workshops, training, and consulting for groups, businesses, and the like on diversity and inclusion
  • Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration’s article, “Recognizing Racism in Volunteer Engagement,” takes a hard look at the systemic racism underpinning volunteerism culture in the United States.
  • Jerome Tennille counters MAVA’s observations with suggestions for “Fighting Racism Through Diverse & Inclusive Volunteer Engagement.”
Short-term volunteering
Virtual Volunteering/Training