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A SWOT model of the challenges and benefits of volunteer involvement in US non–profit organisations during times of fiscal stress

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As a result of the current fiscal crisis, the US Federal Government is calling on non–profit organisations and communities across the country to contribute their service through volunteering. This study uses qualitative data retrieved from a purposive sample of New York City non–profit administrators to determine the challenges and benefits of volunteer involvement in US non–profit organisations during the economic downturn that began in 2008. Findings conclude that although US Federal Government initiatives, including $50 million of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocated to the strengthening communities fund provided non–profits the opportunity to draw on an influx of a highly skilled pool of volunteers, many non–profits remain underfunded, understaffed and unequipped to make the most of those who are looking to serve.

Keywords: non–profit organisations, volunteerism, volunteers, fiscal stress, qualitative method, non–profit management, SWOT analysis, strengths weaknesses opportunities threats, non–profit communities, benefits, volunteer involvement, USA, United States, federal government, New York, administrators, economic downturns, government initiatives, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, legislation, strengthening communities fund, non–profits, underfunding, understaffing, society, systems science, economic recovery, economics, challenges

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