The value of volunteering for a nonprofit membership association: The case of ARNOVA

Laurie Mook, Femida Handy, Jorge Ginieniewicz, Jack Quarter

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Although research indicates that volunteer labor is of significant value to many nonprofit organizations, this value is generally not included in the organization's financial accounting statements. This study discusses the value added to nonprofit membership organizations of the volunteering done by its members. It uses an exploratory case study of the Association for Research on Nonprofits Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) to demonstrate how volunteer labor is valued and presented within a social accounting framework by utilizing the Expanded Value Added Statement. This is followed by discussion of some of the benefits and limitations of such a method and policy implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-520
Number of pages17
JournalNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007



  • Nonprofit membership organization
  • Social accounting
  • Value added
  • Volunteer labor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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