Volunteer Initiatives Program

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Keep Houston Beautiful is the city’s leading organization in trash-reduction, beautification, and recycling; it also offers opportunities for volunteers to participate in clean-up and beautification programs throughout the year.

Volunteer Houston is a local non-profit that developed an online repository of volunteer opportunities throughout the city. The goal of the organization is to direct volunteers to projects that interest them.

HandsOn University is an affiliate of the Points of Light Institute and it is an online resource for helping individuals (as well as non-profits and government organizations) better organize service projects and promote volunteerism.

Independent Sector is a leadership network for local and global service projects and opportunities for philanthropic organizations.

Philanthropy.com is an online periodical to “connect the non-profit world with news, jobs, and ideas,” and also a resource for private citizens to learn about service needs and how to participate in service opportunities.

The Huffington Post Impact is an internet news source with blogs, stories, and community discussions regarding service and impact in the community, and it also highlights successful service projects.

Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives. Idealist provides a comprehensive database of tools for organizations. This site is a great one stop resource for the beginner as well as advance nonprofit organizer.

Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents - representing some 6 million students - dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education.

The on-line journal that caters to volunteer leaders/managers who want to go beyond the mundane in the volunteerism field. Every item in the publication is interactive, inviting readers to contribute comments and additional materials.


Network for Good
Uses the web to help people get more involved in philanthropy in the U.S. Features nonprofit resources, online donation forms, volunteer opportunities, research and more.


Energize, Susan Ellis
This site provides monthly essays and articles on new topics in the field of volunteerism. They also have an on-line library and bookstore with resources for volunteer managers as well as a Referral Network with links to everything in the volunteer field - conferences, awards, web sites and more.

Non-Profit Quarterly
Non-profit magazine promoting spirited Non-profit management. Browse articles by topic.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center
The Nonprofit Risk Management Center was established in order to provide assistance and resources for community-serving nonprofit organizations with practical, affordable suggestions for controlling risks that threaten a nonprofit's ability to accomplish its mission.

The Library provides free, easy-to-access, online articles to develop yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations (whether the organization is for-profit or nonprofit). Over the past 15 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world's largest well-organized collections of these types of articles and resources.