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ERIC Number: EJ928176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Volunteering and Volunteers: Benefit-Cost Analyses
Handy, Femida; Mook, Laurie
Research on Social Work Practice, v21 n4 p412-420 Jul 2011
This article examines the phenomenon of volunteering from a benefit-cost perspective. Both the individual making a decision to volunteer and the organization making a decision to use volunteer labor face benefits and costs of their actions, yet these costs and benefits almost always remain unarticulated, perhaps because the common perception of the do-good volunteer who contributes his or her labor for free discourages rational benefit-cost calculus. In this article, we examine, conceptually, the benefits and costs (both direct and indirect) accruing to the volunteer and the organization that uses volunteer labor. It is important for organizations making resource allocation both to understand and to delineate these benefits and costs. Using a case study of an organization and recent methods in social accounting, we present a practical model for doing so. (Contains 2 figures, 4 tables, and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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