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There are plenty of ways to get involved in your community. To get you started, we came up with six spooky-fun volunteering ideas for October.

Books are a valuable source of information, creativity and empathy. If you're not a book lover now, you will be soon. Here's how reading makes you a better person.

If you’re considering volunteering with a cause you care about in the community, consider the benefits you can receive. Here are the top eight benefits of volunteering.

The Venable law firm's March 15, 2018 Webinar, "Sexual Harassment - What Should Your Nonprofit Be Doing To Keep Itself Out Of the Headlines and Out of Hot Water," is now available. Click the headline to access it.

Recruitment is the greatest challenge facing volunteer managers, and retention is a growing concern as well, according to the 2018 Volunteer Management Progress Report prepared by VolunteerPro (www.volpro.net.) The report, a free download at the VolunteerPro Website, is based on an annual survey of more than 1,000 volunteer managers, in the U. S. (74% of respondents) and 11 other countries.
Asked their most difficult challenges, 31% of respondents named recruitment, and 13 percent named retention. Both those responses have increased over the three years the annual survey has been conducted. Respondents often cited the growth of episodic volunteering, in which volunteers choose one-time or short-time assignments, as an obstacle to recruitment and retention.
Over the years, organizations insuring their volunteers in our program consistently have reported that making the insurance available has helped with recruitment and retention.
The 2018 Volunteer Management Progress Report also addresses volunteer prospect conversion rates, volunteer manager job satisfaction, salary and education level information, percentage of staff time devoted to volunteer management (31% of respondents devote 100% of their time), support within the organization for volunteer engagement, size range of paid workforce and volunteer workforce among respondents, kinds of volunteer activity, and more.

A federal court has ruled in favor of a professional fundraiser working for a nonprofit organization. The Spiegel v. Reynolds ruling upholds the nonprofit exemption to the "Do Not Call" list requirements of the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Dealing with donors -- avoid these common risks

A nonprofit organization can jeopardize its tax-exempt status, and donors can get into trouble with the IRS and/or their states’ attorneys general, if donations do not meet certain legal requirements. Venable, LLP, a law firm with a large nonprofit practice, recently held a Webinar entitled “Dealing With Nonprofit Donors – Risks, Restrictions and When to Say ‘No Thanks.’” A link to the podcast of that Webinar is in the members-only section. Log in and go to “Discounts on Products and Services,” and scroll down to the Venable section to access the podcast.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a class action suit against an employer that added content to its disclosure form regarding pre-employment background checks. The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires that the form consist "solely of the disclosure." Plaintiffs who can establish willful violations of this requirement are entitled to statutory damages up to $1,000, punitive damages, and costs, including attorney fees. Read more about this decision in this analysis from the law firm Venable, LLC's Nonprofit Practice.

Fourth quarter 2016 collection of legal articles, presentations and Webinars by Venable, LLC's Nonprofit Organizations Practice

Doing good in the world can be downright exhausting if you let it. But when you’re on top of your game and giving it all you’ve got in a productive way, you optimize the amount of awesome you’re putting out into the world.