Virtual volunteering

Best practices & future potentials


Virtual volunteering presents a number of unique challenges and potentially significant benefits for volunteer involving organisations.

Virtual volunteering is not as well established in Australia as other parts of the world, although it is a growing field.

The increasingly mainstream nature of social media gives an added sense of urgency for Australian organisations to embrace digital engagement and virtual volunteering.

This form of volunteering breaks down the geographical restrictions inherent in traditional, face-to-face volunteering.

As demonstrated in this paper, there already are some valuable resources on virtual volunteer management, on the use of social media and other online tools for volunteer engagement, and on youth leadership and volunteering.