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April 28, 1997

Diversity University, Inc.
Organization Name
Diversity University, Inc.
Organization City
Organization's Geographic Service Area
Number of full-time and part-time employees (paid staff)
no response
Respondent's Name
Jeanne McWhorter, MSW
Respondent's Position
Executive Director
Organization's Web Site Address
Respondent's Role in Working with Volunteers at Organization
As founder of this educational nonprofit, I have done everything from recruiting the volunteers to organizing them to encouraging them and soon to be handing and sending out our first volunteer recognition certificates.
How did you hear about this Project?
no response
What other staff have involved volunteers virtually at your organization?
no response
Approximately how many of your online volunteers provide technical assistance to your staff or to other volunteers?
Please describe the kinds of activities these technical assistance volunteers provide to your organization:
Designed web page, maintain it, compiling info on possible grants to go after, research into legal and accounting needs of our nonprofit.
Approximately how many of your volunteers provide direct support to clients / recipients of service via the Internet?
Please describe the kinds of volunteer activities these direct contact volunteers provide to your organization:
MOO programming, MOO admin, training teachers and students in how to use the MOO, teaching teachers how to teach on DU, organizing and moderating real-time discussion groups on such things as james joyce or support groups for online educators or librarians. Doing presentations in physical life to show educators our virtual campus. Moderating email lists involving MOOed and online education in general. Working with the kids who are on DU to create MOO projects that teach something, to use the web interface or VRML. Present at the online seminars on how they teach on DU.
How did you recruit the volunteers you involve(d) via the Internet?
no response
How did you screen/orient the volunteers you involve(d) via the Internet?
They find us from other MOOs, educational lists, via word of mouth from teachers and students already using DU, from physical life workshops in their schools, our web site (usually they searched on distance ed or something similar). Also, via lists that our users post on, literature, social work, biology, audiology, physics, education, etc. Usually they essentially screen themselves. They log on and if they like it, they stay. Some become more and more active and if we like what they have been doing, we might ask them if they would like to be managers, which is a title for ppl on DU who can help others with MOO-related things.
How do you supervise and recognize/reward online volunteers for their contributions?
If they are good programmers, we may ask them to be wizards (fanciful term left over from the type of program we use). We use their work on the MOO as examples of what can be done on a MOO in demos and workshops. We let them tell about it to other teachers or administrators.
Have you ever surveyed these online volunteers about their experiences with your organization?
no response
What factors in your organization have promoted the success of your virtual volunteering program?
no response
What factors in your organization have impeded the success of your virtual volunteering program?
no response
Please add any other comments you would like to send to us:
DU is a new nonprofit and an entirely virtual one. Our entire board and administration are located in different places across the country. We are in desperate need of volunteers who can help with legal and accounting for an organization as well as fundraising. We just received our 501(c)(3) last November so are very much novices.

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