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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

About Where the study and practice of volunteerism meet. offers specialized resources for Volunteers, Leaders and Managers of Volunteers, and Instructors and Thought Leaders. is operated by the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Site content is developed by Center faculty, guest authors, and students engaged in the study of volunteerism.

Our Mission strives to provide volunteers and the leaders of volunteer initiatives with high-quality information that furthers the study and practice of volunteerism.

Our Vision

Our History was created in the 1990’s to present groundbreaking research on the ways nonprofit organizations and volunteers applied the Internet as a vehicle for service. Jayne Cravens, the Director of the Virtual Volunteering (VV) Project, was the driving force behind the creation of Cravens pursued research in virtual volunteerism as part of Impact Online, an initiative of Craven’s original research, The Virtual Volunteering Project, is available at

In 1998, the Charles A. Dana Center for Math and Science Education, a division of the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, became the home of The Virtual Volunteering Project and through a collaborative working relationship with Cravens. When Cravens left the Dana Center for a position with the United Nations Volunteer Division in 2000, was entrusted to the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. The RGK Center has since managed the web site and its content.

Linking the evolution of from the Dana Center to the RGK Center is Sarah Jane Rehnborg, Ph.D. Rehnborg’s tenure with the University of Texas began at the Dana Center, where she served as Director of Community Engagement. In this position, Rehnborg oversaw Cravens’ work with the Center. In 2000, Rehnborg joined the RGK Center and now serves as the Center’s Associate Director of Planning and Development and as a lecturer at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

From 2003-2008 under the direction of Rehnborg, was expanded to include useful articles written by leading practitioners and graduate students studying volunteer administration at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2009, was extensively revised and updated. The revisions to the site coincided with a new vision for as a resource dedicated to a conceptual and strategic understanding of volunteerism.