21 Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. 1 (1992)

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EDITOR'S NOTES


T   HIS is a very gratifying issue to present. Its authors represent the strength
    and diversity of our field, and they marshall their findings and their
thoughts to address an awesome  range of contemporary concerns.
   Donald  C. Story opens the issue with some important considerations of
a central element in the theory of voluntary action, the tension between
the self-regarding and other-regarding aspects of the human spirit. He
examines  the philosophical bases of virtue on which volunteers may draw.
    Brigid Limerick and Tracey Burgess-Limerick, two Australian scholars,
turn their attention to the empowerment of volunteers in secondary schools
and probe  for the meaning of the volunteer experience within the school.
Leda McIntyre Hall, in A Commission to Change, looks at the experience
of a church standing against the ravages of urban crisis in Detroit. In a sec-
ond article on religious institutions, Priscilla A. La Barbera examines the expe-
rience of enterprise in religious-based organizations.
   Annette  Benedict, Jeffrey S. Shaw, and Leanne G. Rivlin, returning to
these pages to present further findings from their ongoing research on the
response to homelessness, examine  attitudes toward homeless persons of
those attending New  York City community  board meetings. David Horton
Smith, our founding editor, also returns to these pages with his study of the
characteristics of national nonprofit voluntary associations, suggesting that
such organizations deserve  the fuller attention of researchers. Pamela D.
Elkind concludes the issue by probing the characteristics of active members
in nuclear repository issues organizations, calling our attention to the par-
ticular backgrounds of persons who invest much of their lives in community-
based environmental  organizations.
   Among   the gratifications of this issue is being able to observe that the
senior authors of five of the seven articles presented are women. Voluntary
action research has come a long way from the days when the overwhelming
proportion of volunteers were women  and the overwhelming proportion of
researchers were men. A sign of the times, and a good one at that.
   Another  sign of the times is the recent appointment by the ARNOVA
board of Carl Milofsky of Bucknell University as the new editor-in-chief of
NVSQ.  I have served in this role for twelve years, and the time had most
certainly come for the selection of a new NVSQ editor. For the first time in
its history, ARNOVA possesses among   its membership a great many indi-
viduals with both the willingness and  the seasoned judgment  necessary
to serve the association well in this position. When I learned that Carl
Milofsky, and others of similar ability and temperament, were willing to con-
sider serving, it was not a difficult decision on my part to ask the Publications
Committee  to allow me to withdraw from consideration for another term. At
this point in ARNOVA's history, it is crucial for the entire voluntary and non-


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