Nominate
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Communities, Corporate Engagement, Good Business, Volunteering

Accountant Finds New Purpose at Volunteering Victoria


Wednesday, 6th May 2015 at 9:33 am
Lina Caneva, Editor
Former accountant Richard Blakeman uses his extensive corporate experience to give purpose and structure to vital Not for Profits, writes Troy Douglas in this piece first published in INTHEBLACK.

Wednesday, 6th May 2015
at 9:33 am
Lina Caneva, Editor


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Accountant Finds New Purpose at Volunteering Victoria
Wednesday, 6th May 2015 at 9:33 am

Former accountant Richard Blakeman uses his extensive corporate experience to give purpose and structure to vital Not for Profits, writes Troy Douglas in this piece first published on intheblack.com

Richard Blakeman FCPA sees volunteering as a glue for social cohesion, and good management as a way to make that glue stronger.

The significance of volunteering and not-for-profits fully dawned on Blakeman after he finished his corporate career in 2008.

“I didn’t appreciate how big the sector was in Australia,” he says. “I got more exposed to that after I retired. I had no [idea] of the professionalism involved with supporting volunteers.”

Blakeman entered the volunteering world during a two-year stint as chair of the Third Age Network (TAN) committee, run by the Victorian division of CPA Australia. The state’s peak volunteer body, Volunteering Victoria, lured him onto its board and put him at the head of its finance committee.

Twelve months into the role, he is reshaping Volunteering Victoria’s internal processes to more strongly support the group’s volunteer advocacy staff and managers.

Blakeman notes that volunteer organisations can underestimate the management work that’s needed to make volunteers as productive as they can be. Governments and businesses will more willingly invest in programs when they see their money being used efficiently rather than squandered. That in turn helps to build recognition for the cause.

At the same time, the right support infrastructure can ensure volunteer work is both resilient and rewarding.

All this means Not for Profits may need to actually devote more resources to developing sustainable management.

“If people just turn up and there is no structure, they can actually be a drain on resources,” Blakeman explains.

He saw the value of good support structures when he was finance director of Kodak’s Worldwide Retail Services arm, based in New York. He also headed the company’s Health Group for Australia-New Zealand and ran business operations in Asia.

Finish the story here.

 


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Charities Call to Protect Volunteers Against Sexual Harassment

Luke Michael

Monday, 26th November 2018 at 4:51 pm

Volunteering Victoria AGM and Panel Discussion

Contributor

Tuesday, 18th September 2018 at 7:30 am

Recruiting Online Volunteers to Champion Your Cause

Ellie Nikakis

Thursday, 16th August 2018 at 7:30 am

Support Services At The Core of Volunteering

Wendy Williams

Friday, 22nd June 2018 at 6:08 pm

POPULAR

Australians With Disability Twice as Likely to be Evicted Without Cause

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 5th December 2018 at 5:29 pm

Tech-for-good Companies Merge to Extend Impact

Maggie Coggan

Thursday, 29th November 2018 at 8:34 am

Putting Disability and Leadership in the Same Sentence

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 3rd December 2018 at 8:56 am

Glyn Davis Confirmed as New Head of the Ramsay Foundation

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 5th December 2018 at 6:00 pm

Take Survey
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!