Shona Jennings, a former volunteer in South Africa and a past VSA Council member, recommends a couple of good books. One is from a moral philosopher on the most effective ways to improve the world, and the other a guide on setting up and maintaining an active and effective volunteer program.
The Most Good You Can Do is by Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer. He is a leader in the Effective Altruism movement, a philosophy and social movement that applies evidence and reason to determine the most effective ways to improve the world.
Effective altruists aim to consider all causes and actions, and then act in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact. This book is a real thought-provoker. Be prepared to answer how much and for what purpose you are prepared to give your time and money.
- The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer. 232 pp, Yale University Press, April 2015.
So you’ve been a volunteer, and you’re sold on the important role volunteers can play in organisations, and in society. The Volunteer Management Handbook: Leadership Strategies for Success, by Tracy Daniel Connors is an everything-you-need-to-know guide about developing opportunities for recruiting and managing volunteers.
- The Volunteer Management Handbook: Leadership Strategies for Success, Second Edition by Tracy Daniel Connors. 436 pp, John Wiley and Sons, 2012.