Social returns of investment in volunteering: paper published on VOLUNTAS

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Ricerche accademiche | No Comments

ARCO researchers developed a methodology to capture and assess the broad socio-economic value that third sector organizations produce through their volunteer recruitment, training, and management activities.

Through our methodological contribution we realized a method for assessing the various socio-economic costs and benefits of volunteer work. The final aim is to calculate the social return of each unit of investment made by the organization in the process of recruiting, training and management of volunteers.

We applied this methodology, based on the SROI (Social Return On Investment) analysis, to a relevant case study, represented by the association Dynamo Camp, a non-profit organization that carries out recreational therapy camps for children with serious and life-threatening medical conditions. Dynamo Camp is member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, the world largest non-profit network in this field, founded by the famous actor Paul Newman.

Preliminary results of this application have been discussed at the 4th CIRIEC International Research Conference on Social Economy (University of Antwerp, Belgium, 24-26 October 2013) and final results have been presented at 14th EURAM Annual Conference (University of Valencia, Spain, 4-7 June 2014).

The research has been published in a paper titled “Investing in Volunteering: Measuring Social Returns of Volunteer Recruitment, Training and Management” in the international journal VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.

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