VolunteerMatch + Causecast: New Partnership Increases the Power of Corporate Volunteerism

VolunteerMatch and Causecast launch partnership

As a nonprofit, VolunteerMatch believes in making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. We also believe we aren’t the only ones who hold this belief, and that by joining forces with other like-minded organizations, we can create an even greater impact together.

That’s why we’re so excited by this week’s announcement of our partnership with Causecast, a smart and innovative corporate giving and volunteering platform and like-minded organization.

Together we’ve created a new opportunity that promises to not only serve more businesses interested in giving back but also better serves the 100,000+ nonprofits using VolunteerMatch to more effectively tap into the skills and talents of volunteers across the county.

Causecast is the first CSR platform to take advantage of VolunteerMatch’s new Network Access Provider program to allow its customers and their employees to access the entire VolunteerMatch network seamlessly within their application. It will give Causecast’s customers 100,000 new opportunities to make their volunteering programs more strategic, scalable and irresistible while making it easier for the nonprofit sector to find the talented volunteers they need.

Corporate volunteerism is on the rise. If you don’t believe me, just look at the latest Giving in Numbers report by CECP. It shows that the number of large companies offering paid volunteer time off (VTO) rose by 5% from 2012 to 2014, and corporate pro bono programs grew by 11% in that same timeframe. The benefits for companies, employees, and communities are well-documented, and we’ve seen firsthand how the time, talent and passions of employees can make a real difference for the causes they care about most.

This is a big step forward for VolunteerMatch, and we hope it will be the beginning of a new chapter that will reduce the fragmentation and friction that is frustrating the nonprofit sector’s capacity to effectively engage the time and talent of corporate volunteer programs, while at the same time growing the field of corporate engagement by giving customers more choices.

We are very proud that VolunteerMatch is the biggest fish in the volunteer engagement pond. But it is time for us to play an even bigger role in a much bigger pond, not as the biggest fish, but as a community builder bringing together the school of fish towards a common goal of serving the nonprofit sector with talented corporate volunteers.

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2014 Impact Report: Volunteer Engagement Shows Signs of Recovery

2014 Impact Report 2“Our democracy works because ordinary folks, well-meaning people, each and every day are trying to make it a little bit better.”  -Barack Obama, May 4, 2015

Every year, VolunteerMatch crunches its network data to put together an Impact Report, our infographic version of an annual report. And each year, the report offers insights into volunteer engagement trends, and the people and causes making a difference in neighborhoods across the country.

This year, we discovered five encouraging stats that show the nonprofit sector and volunteer engagement may finally be recovering from the economic recession.

Volunteer Engagement by the Numbers:

Stats from VolunteerMatch's 2014 Impact Report

  • 99,132 – the number of groups and causes on VolunteerMatch. working to engage the volunteers they need to make a difference in their community. A record 8,200 new causes registered in 2014.
  • 20% – the increase in new opportunities posted on VolunteerMatch by local causes and groups, inviting volunteers to put their time and talent to good use for a cause they believe in, as compared with 2013.
  • 13,285,814 – the number of potential volunteers accessing VolunteerMatch to find their opportunity match to make a difference.
  • 44% — the increase in the number of potential volunteers who connected with a local cause or organization, as compared with 2013.
  • $1.34 Billion — the estimated collective impact of the volunteers who used VolunteerMatch in 2014 to get involved.

If you are looking for more data and insights into the health of volunteer engagement, view the full report.

The Real Reason 75% of Americans Don’t Volunteer

Raising hands to volunteer.Our country takes great pride in the role volunteering has played in our history. We believe that volunteers are virtuous, kind and essential to the health of our society. It is why the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, for instance, is celebrated as a national Day of Service. We are a country that loves volunteering.

 

We are also a country where three out of four people don’t do it.

According to the Corporation for National & Community Service 62.6 million Americans volunteered in 2013. That is about 25% of the adult population, and if you happen to be keeping score, the lowest rate in a decade. Yes, you can view this as a glass 1/4 full. But given how important volunteering is, I’m not alone in thinking, “We can do better.”

Click here to read Greg’s full article about why the majority of Americans don’t volunteer. It will probably surprise you. It will definitely inspire you.

People Make the Difference: Explore a Year of Impact

Everyone should have the chance to make a difference – wouldn’t you agree?

That’s why VolunteerMatch makes it easier for people to connect with the causes they care about.

Explore the 2013 VolunteerMatch Annual Impact Report

To take a look at how far we have come, it is a pleasure to share with you VolunteerMatch’s Annual Impact Report – a graphic look at people and causes, like your organization, who are making a difference.

Last year was an important time for us: we re-launched www.VolunteerMatch.org with a one-of-a-kind recommendations engine, overhauled our workplace group management services, ventured onto your mobile phone, and pushed our entire technical infrastructure into the cloud.

And it worked. The improvements helped us power almost a billion dollars’ worth of volunteer service in 2013. And together, we can do even more.

Don’t worry, we’ll dive into each of the sections of this awesome infographic in detail, but for now, enjoy exploring the impact we made together last year – and join in as we create impact in 2014 that exceeds all expectations.

Click here to explore the 2013 VolunteerMatch Annual Impact Report!

2012 VolunteerMatch Impact Report: Working Hard, Connecting Harder

It was my pleasure today to officially unveil VolunteerMatch’s 2012 Impact Report — a snapshot of the data we use to measure the size, scope and impact of the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network, and to make sure we’re helping to connect you with the volunteers you need.

Check out VolunteerMatch's 2012 Impact Report

We have never pushed harder to make it easier for good people and good causes to connect, and it is exciting to see how much of it is working.

Last year we added cause area Search Filters to make it easier for volunteers to find what they’re looking for. We launched YourMatch, an all-new platform for successful workplace engagement.

We updated our API Suite and attracted developers from Microsoft to NYU to invent new ways for people to get involved. And we expanded our online Education & Training program to share real-world insights and best practices with thousands of nonprofit and corporate social responsibility professionals.

Together we are eliminating barriers that keep us apart and finding new ways for nonprofits, businesses and individuals to strengthen their communities.

Did any of it make a difference to you or your community? Check it out and let us know – we’d love to read your comments!