17 Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. 3 (1988)

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                      EDITOR'S COMMENTS


  A  research journal is a community held together by words. While its members
meet only intermittently, and never close every circle by face-to-face meetings, they
nonetheless share interests and concerns that join them in those common ties.
  This issue welcomes to the JVAR community  a number of new  Deputy and Con-
sulting Editors. All have been friends of JVAR, as well as leaders in the developing
scholarly fields of nonprofit organization management, philanthropic studies, citizen
participation studies, and voluntary action research. Several represent the major
centers in sectoral research that have developed in recent years at such major univer-
sities as those of the City University of New York, Duke, Indiana, Johns Hopkins, the
London  School of Economics, Tufts, Virginia, and Yale.
  I am pleased that the new JVAR leadership team has pledged to play an active role
in the location and presentation of timely articles in JVAR, and I look forward to
working with them, beginning with a meeting of Deputy Editors in San Francisco in
March.
  I would also like to express my deep appreciation to Jim Petersen, who moves from
the Deputy Editorship he has held since Volume 6 to the ranks of Consulting Editors,
and  to Chris Pickvance, who has served with equal distinction for a shorter term,
and  makes the same  move  as Jim. Virginia Parkum, for the past several years an
Associate Editor, also becomes with this issue a Consulting Editor. Her service to the
Journal has been steady and strong, culminating in her editorship of the fine Con-
ference Issue that was the last issue of 1987.
  Cycling off the list of Consulting Editors are several who have served JVAR long
and well: Mal Walker to retirement; David Zeldin after years of service as a Deputy
and Consulting Editor; and Bob Leduc, Susan Ellis, and Betty Wilson to their respec-
tive roles with leading sector-serving organizations. My thanks to each of these
distinguished individuals for their service to JVAR.
  Virginia Hodgkinson, that dynamo for research organization, vision, and practice,
moves  to a Consulting Editorship. And joining those ranks also is Stephen Block.
Welcome  to both these individuals!
  The current issue presents the long-awaited contributions Ann Abbott brings to us
on  homelessness and  the voluntary response. Of all the problems that vex our
contemporary  society, few are more troubling than the forces that lead so many of
our fellow citizens to seek shelter beneath our bridges and on the heating vents of
our  cities' corners. The ,papers in this issue shed much light on this important
problem-one   that is truly a collective responsibility for all of us to both understand
and resolve.


Jon Van Til

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