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!

Not Everything that Happens in Vegas Should Stay There

Governor Sandoval Congratulates Phyllis James of MGM Resorts International

Just over a week ago I had the pleasure of flying to Vegas and staying at the Bellagio to — of all things — participate in Nevada’s Volunteer and Corporate Engagement Summit and attend the Governor’s Points of Light Awards Luncheon. Nevada Volunteers organized the event and brought together a great group of folks to celebrate and support volunteering in the Silver State.

Kaira Esgate from Reimagining Service set the stage for a productive day by outlining four principles for effective volunteer engagement and highlighting data from the TCC Group that  has found nonprofits with a strong volunteer program consistently outperform their peers on all measures of organizational effectiveness.

I was asked to  speak to trends shaping the future of volunteering and during the process of preparing my thoughts discovered something unexpected hidden in the data behind Vegas’s reputation for the kind of fun you’d rather not share with your Mom.

Much to my surprise I found that thanks to the combined efforts of our partners at Nevada Volunteers, NV Energy and MGM Resorts International network activity in Nevada grew 50% last year and Vegas lept ahead in the national rankings, defying all stereotypes, to become the 10th busiest city on the web’s largest volunteer engagement network.

The Governor and all the people I met on Friday, clearly have their sights set even higher, but they are off to a strong start and I see no reason why Nevada’s remarkable progress in 2012 should have to remain a secret to anyone. Go Nevada!