Jeffrey L. Brudney

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Substantial efforts have been expended to promote civic engagement during the 1990s and early 2000s. Yet as significant as volunteerism is economically, socially, and philosophically to the United States, surprisingly little in the way of longitudinal research has been carried out to assess the impact of these promotional activities. Few areas of civic(More)
Several myths surround the involvement of volunteers in public and nonprofit organizations in the delivery of services. Perhaps the most common are that volunteers are “free” or impose no monetary costs on the host organization, and that they can “save” agencies teetering on the edge of financial ruin. Nearly as common is the assertion that volunteers(More)
We wish to acknowledge the assistance and support of this research, which has been provided by the Earhart Foundation of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina. We also express appreciation to Professor Hal G. Rainey for his helpful comments on an earlier draft of this manuscript. This is a(More)
Programs targeting student volunteering and service learning are aimed at encouraging civic behaviour among young people. This article reports on a large-scale international survey comparing volunteering among university students in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The data revealed high rates of student(More)
Despite the importance of volunteer administrators to nonprofit and many government organizations, little systematic research has been focused on these officials. Using a large national survey of volunteer practitioners conducted in 1989-1990, this article examines empirically several hypotheses concerning organizational support to meet administrator needs(More)
Volunteers are difficult to monitor because they are not liable to serious sanctions. We propose that we cannot learn about volunteer work from existing knowledge of paid employees. We then review the literature regarding volunteer commitment and performance. Based on a sample of 510 consistent volunteers in human service organizations, we assess three sets(More)
Volunteers are the cornerstones on which the voluntary sector is predicated. We are accustomed to using this phrase in every aspect of our lives, yet too little systematic work has been carried out to define this term in a rigorous and precise manner. Volunteering is the essence of the scholarly work of numerous academicians around the world, however there(More)
Volunteer labor is commonly used to produce many goods and services in our economy. Many studies examine the supply of volunteer labor and determine why and how individuals give their time without remuneration (Freeman, 1997; Menchik, & Weisbrod, 1987; Smith, 1994; Vaillancourt & Payette, 1986). Fewer studies examine the demand for and the use of volunteer(More)
Quantitative risk assessment is a procedure that can be applied to infectious foodborne diseases to develop effective and efficient risk-based food safety programs. It consists of four steps: hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, and risk characterization. Once hazards have been identified and their risks characterized, this(More)