Original Purpose—Completing the Triad of Accountability

This article has been edited and revised from a presentation to the November 2002 ARNOVA conference.  Introduction Accountability for an organization involves not only stewardship and governance but also trusteeship (defined as loyalty to original purpose). So argues David Smith in his 1995 book, Entrusted: The Moral Responsibilities of Trusteeship. Smith wrote the book in order…

Volunteers in a Unionized Agency: Partners or Threats?

In the last year or so, members of the labour movement have raised questions about the use of volunteers by voluntary agencies and the very role of volunteers and voluntary agencies in an era of unemployment. Their concerns arise from issues relating to job security for their members, particularly in public service unions. These are…

From the Editor

In this issue we examine another aspect of volunteerism—the relationship between volunteer and unionized staff in charitable agencies. Clearly, both are essential to the organizations they serve but their co-existence creates employ­ment issues not found in the private sector. Two articles, the first by Ellen Campbell of the YWCA which looks at the management problems…