16 Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. 6 (1987)

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                      EDITOR'S COMMENTS


  This is truly a special Special Issue of JVAR. Not only is it a double issue,
providing more than twice our normal pagination, but it also addresses a number of
questions that have moved to centrality in the field of voluntary action research. The
dance between  government  and voluntary sector organizations is always intricate
and complex,  and the steps change quickly. The papers in this issue illuminate a
difficult set of problems, and the synthesizing work of the coeditors highlights
clearly what emerges from the papers. I am most grateful to Professors Ostrander
and Langton  for their diligence and effort in putting this issue together. They have
brought to their task a vision and a set of editing skills that clearly show when the
issue is seen as a whole.
  The issue is also special because it has been selected for amplification, attention,
and a special process of distribution by Aid Association for Lutherans. Known to
many  JVAR  readers as a distinguished benevolence organization of long standing,
and  an organization committed to the development  of organizations serving the
third sector, AAL was a major sponsor of the 1980 National Forum on Volunteer-
ing.' By providing a special grant to the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars,
AAL  makes  it possible for this issue to be sent to 500 individuals in leadership
positions affecting voluntary action in America. These individuals have been se-
lected by a small national committee of friends of JVAR: Virginia Hodgkinson of
Independent  Sector, Elizabeth Boris of the Council on Foundations, and Kenn Allen
of Volunteer. To them, and the leadership of Aid Association for Lutherans, go my
deepest thanks for their confidence and support.
  Work  continues on the two special issues still under development for JVAR: one on
Homelessness  and the Voluntary Response, the other on Coproduction as a form of
voluntary action. Recent months have seen a considerable increase in the rate of
submissions to JVAR, and 1988 will surely see a large number of submitted papers
published as they move  through the process from initial submission to eventual
presentation in JVAR.
  Two  JVAR  authors of great distinction and prominence have been lost to death
during the past several months. On  October 3, Terry McAdam,   Director of the
Conrad  Hilton Foundation, died suddenly at the age of 44. Terry was a leading
philanthropic supporter of voluntarism, and an enlightened participant in the de-
velopment  of the new field of nonprofit management education. In the same cruel
October, former AVAS President Ronald Lippitt died at age 72 of heart failure. Ron is
remembered  in the note just following.
  For the Editor, this year brings the second semester of a sabbatical leave, to be
spent at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Manuscripts and queries should
continue to be sent to the Rutgers address, where Associate Editor Justin Fink will
hold forth.
                                                                   Jon Van Til

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