Volunteers are the most critical capital of a community organization. They are particularly invaluable in organization that are founded on faith or culture. The success and failure of such organizations depends on how well they employ the talent and commitment that volunteers bring. There are a vast number of books on volunteerism for those interested in exploring the subject in depth. This book is intended only as a beginner's guide for those new to this area and as a refresher for those more experienced.
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About the Author
Iqbal J. Unus holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (Nuclear Physics, 1977). Notwithstanding his training, he has focused his professional career on the emerging Muslim presence in America, gaining distinctive insight into the progress of the Muslim American community. He is associated with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), where he has worked since 1989 in various positions, including the director of its program The Fairfax Institute. Earlier, he was secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He has published several articles in Islamic Horizons, a book chapter in The Muslims' Place in the American Public Square, and two children's books, as well as abridged Apostasy in Islam: An Historical and Scriptural Analysis, and edited Muslim American Life: Reflections and Perspectives, in addition to authoring a short book Moses on Leadership. He served on the Research Committee for The US Mosque Survey 2011. He is Visiting Fellow at Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. He advises Muslim nonprofits on strategic planning and organization. Beginning in 1970, he has served in several community leadership roles, including past president of the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (1975), former Majlis (Board) member of ISNA, and continuing trustee of Amana Mutual Funds Trust.