Background Information and Resources

Click on the appropriate link for resources and research data available for your group type.

- Employee Group


- Student Group


- Family Group

The following resource may be of interest to any group of volunteers: 

Creating Group Projects, published by the Points of Light Foundation located in Washington, D.C., in 2002.



Developing Employer-Supported Volunteerism Policies.  Published by Volunteer Canada, 2003.

Summary: In many cases ESV initiatives have grown organically within businesses. Often, this means that the practices associated with ESV are not formalized and there is no method in place to clearly demonstrate a company's commitment to community involvement. To facilitate the sometimes daunting task of policy development, Volunteer Canada, drawing on a wide range of corporate experience with ESV implementation, has produced this resource in an attempt to present a standardized approach to ESV policies in Canada.

How to get your Employer-Supported Volunteer program off the ground.  Published by Volunteer Canada.

Summary:  21 easy ways to get your employer-supported volunteer program started.


Corporate Volunteer Programs: Maximizing Employee Motivation and Minimizing Barriers to Program Participation.  Published by Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, 2003.

Summary:  This report is intended to provide guidance to companies that wish to motivate employees to participate in a corporate volunteer program.  It offers recommendations based on a detailed study of one of the largest corporate volunteer programs in Canada - the corporate volunteer program run by the Ford Motor Company of Canada - and on nterviews with over 100 Ford employees.




Making a difference:  Your guide to creating a successful volunteering group.  Published by Student Volunteering England.

Summary: This pack is a simple DIY guide to setting up a student volunteering group.  In an easy-to-use format it will help you to think through some of the key issues when you're starting out and help you to begin planning the development of your group. It's all about helping you to get off to the best start possible, and to make sure that your group has solid foundations.





Family Volunteering:  The Final Report.  Published by Volunteer Canada, 2003.

Summary:  The report describes methodology and results, and also delivers an analysis of the insights gained and recommendations generated to guide the next steps of the Family Volunteering Initiative.

Volunteering with your family!.  ( link, consulted on 2010/07/09).

Summary:  Information and resources for family volunteering.


New Family Volunteering Tools:Volunteer Canada, in partnership with Manulife Financial launched two new interactive tools for use by families and organizations interested in family volunteering.