The Chronicle on Philanthropy had a brief article this week about the growing practice of paying volunteers: Retired People Demand Pay for Volunteering at Charities.
If you pay…doesn’t that make them employees? I thought the lack of pay was the primary distinction of a volunteer!
According to the article:
“People used to say, ‘Here I am, what do you need done?’” said Deborah Russell, director of work-force issues for AARP, in Washington. “Today’s retirees say, ‘Here’s what I do well, how can you use it, and what will you pay?’ “
Experts say that the payments are important in motivating people to stick with their volunteer roles.