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Legislation Meets Tradition: Interpretations And Implications Of The Volunteer Protection Act For Nonprofit Organizations As Viewed Through The Lens Of Hermeneutics, Patricia Groble, Nicholas C. Zingale, Joseph Mead May 2018

Legislation Meets Tradition: Interpretations And Implications Of The Volunteer Protection Act For Nonprofit Organizations As Viewed Through The Lens Of Hermeneutics, Patricia Groble, Nicholas C. Zingale, Joseph Mead

Urban Publications

Volunteers enable nonprofit organizations to reach more clients and more effectively fulfill their missions. However, the good done by these volunteers may be offset by their careless behavior. Rising fears that resulting lawsuits and monetary damages would deter potential volunteers from volunteering caused Congress to enact the Volunteer Protection Act. This research studies court decisions to ascertain whether the law fulfills its purpose and considers the implications of these interpretations for nonprofit managers. It also tests the usefulness of the hermeneutical approach to legal interpretation and to determine how the Act has changed as a result of these court decisions.


The Sky Isn’T Falling Everywhere, Brian Mikelbank, Charlie Post, Ivan Maric Jan 2008

The Sky Isn’T Falling Everywhere, Brian Mikelbank, Charlie Post, Ivan Maric

Urban Publications

This report looks at the consequences of treating Cuyahoga County’s housing market as “one market” versus a shrinking but relatively price stable market and a submarket plagued by abandonment and foreclosure. Brian Mikelbank was interviewed about the study on WCPN. org on Tuesday, November 11, 2008.