The search will be for grassroots issues as well as the grassroots world itself of philanthropy, volunteering, and organizational creations (networks, organizations, social movements), which tend to be scattered throughout the larger field of voluntarism.
Issues to be explored at the outset include:
When are enthusiasm and commitment unexploitable?
What are the limits of organizations in community transformation programs?
What are the limits of "networks?"
What should donors contribute to when there are so many "good causes?"
Are there any guidelines for giving, serving, and building relationships that come out of voluntarism itself (in contrast to professional or legal standards)?
When does specialization fragmentize?
Where at the grassroots in the sub-fields of volunteerism, philanthropy, and nonprofit organization is work being done fully integrated?
What benefits (in avoiding or overcoming marginalization) come from creating strategies for community change that combine strong affirmation traditions and equally strong resistance?
Why is there opposition to volunteers?