Twitter Chat Recap: Why is the U.S. Volunteer Rate Dropping?

Last week, we took to Twitter to discuss potential causes of the declining volunteer rate in the U.S., and possible solutions. Thought leaders, nonprofit representatives, philanthropists and volunteers all weighed in.

They answered questions such as “How can individuals, nonprofits, and/or corporations in the U.S. do their part to reverse this trend,” and discussed how technological advances — like VolunteerMatch’s API Integration — could help counter this problem.

Missed the chat? No worries! We’ve compiled some of the tweets from the chat. Check out what everyone had to say.

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View the full compilation here.

You can also tweet to us @VolunteerMatch to share your thoughts!

State of the Industry: Volunteer Management Progress Report [Upcoming Webinar]

Volunteer Management Progress ReportCurious about how your volunteer engagement practices compare with other professionals like you?

Wonder what the biggest pinch points are for the field of volunteerism?

Interested in what the average ratio of volunteers to volunteer managers is for nonprofits of various sizes?

We’ll answer these questions and more on Wednesday February 24, 2016 at 11 am PST (2 pm EST) during the free webinar State of the Industry: Volunteer Management Progress Report.

The webinar will feature information found in the first Annual Volunteer Management Progress Report, which reflects the results of a volunteer management “state of the Industry” survey conducted by VolunteerPro during the winter of 2015.

Our field as been operating in the dark for too long! The ultimate goal of this report is to paint a more complete picture of today’s volunteer management professionals, while taking into account their organizational characteristics, such as resources, location, etc.

Join us on Wednesday February 24, 2016 at 11 am PST (2 pm EST) and hear Tobi Johnson, President of Tobi Johnson & Associates and the Chief Engagement Officer (CEO) of VolunteerPro, Trina Willard, Principal of Knowledge Advisory Group, and Jennifer Bennett, Senior Manager of Education and Training at VolunteerMatch discuss what we’ve learned from this report and what it means for those leading, directing and managing volunteers.

Who Should Attend:
  • Leaders of Volunteer Engagement
  • Volunteer Program Managers
  • Those interested in volunteer engagement

Register today (it’s free!)

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From Partnership to Impact: Forging, Convening, and Funding Cross-Sector Collaborations [Upcoming Webinar]

For decades, individuals and organizations have been trying to solve our greatest challenges through siloed solutions. More recently, we have seen significant growth in the use and diversity of models of cross-sector collaboration, in part, because as Albert Einstein recognized, “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.”

Some of these efforts are able to create meaningful collaborations and drive measurable impact, while others end up doing more co-blab-orating than collaborating.

So what differentiates high-impact collaborations, and what roles can volunteers play in supporting their success? 

Through independent research and observation, the Presidio Institute has identified cross-sector leadership skills that effective collaborations use in their practice. Because cross-sector collaborations operate outside of traditional methods of authority and accountability, a key component of this work is building teams.

Join us on Wednesday December 9, 2015 at 11 am PT (2 pm ET) as David Styers, Manager of Program & Business Development, Presidio Institute and Jennifer Bennett, Senior Manager of Education & Training at VolunteerMatch explore the importance of developing trust, managing power dynamics and conflict, and fostering an innovative culture to successfully build alliances to solve problems and achieve shared goals.

Register today (it’s free!)

An Inspirational Hour about the Possibilities of #GivingTime

Give Your Time This #GivingTuesdayOn Thursday, November 24, 2015, VolunteerMatch teamed up with the folks from #GivingTuesday to talk about how volunteerism is a big part of this year’s #GivingTuesday celebration.

(If you’re not familiar, #GivingTuesday, celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global day dedicated to encouraging generosity and giving back. Learn more.)

We were joined on Twitter by Taproot Foundation, Network for Good, Social Media for Nonprofits, Common Impact, and many more organizations, companies and volunteers. What was intended to be a discussion on how volunteerism can be incorporated into individuals’, nonprofits’, and companies’ #GivingTuesday plans, also became an inspirational hour celebrating volunteerism and its impact on the participants’ lives.

For example, we heard how Ritu Sharma, CEO of Social Media for Nonprofits, was inspired by a volunteer event in a big way:

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We heard from many more people about how volunteering has been life-changer. Here’s one example:

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These few tweets don’t paint the whole picture of the positivity, idea sharing, and storytelling that went on during the hour. Check out the full Storify story.

And remember to celebrate #GivingTuesday on Tuesday December 1, 2015 by #GivingTime.

What Does Volunteering Have to Do With #GivingTuesday?

Join VolunteerMatch and #GivingTuesday for a twitter chat about #GivingTime#GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back, will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

And on Tuesday November 24, 2015, we’ll take to Twitter to talk about how volunteering can be a powerful part of #GivingTuesday plans. And we want you to join in the conversation!

Who Should Participate?

Individuals, nonprofits, and companies who want to make a difference on and around #GivingTuesday, and are interested in how volunteering can fit into, and enhance, that vision.

How to Join

Prepare for the chat by reading the questions below. These questions will be asked of the folks at #GivingTuesday, VolunteerMatch, and many others (including you!)

Then, log onto Twitter on November 24th at 12 pm PST/ 3 pm EST. Follow the hashtag #GivingTime. You’ll answer Q1 with A1, and Q2 with A2. Remember to always include the hashtag #GivingTime. Feel free to talk to others in the chat, ask questions, be thoughtful, and be social.


  • #GivingTuesday is right around the corner. How will you give time on 12/1? #givingtime
  • Why is volunteering an important part of #GivingTuesday? #givingtime
  • What inspires you to volunteer? #GivingTuesday #givingtime
  • What’s a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered? #givingtime
  • How are companies celebrating #GivingTuesday with volunteerism? #givingtime
  • How are nonprofits incorporating volunteerism into their #GivingTuesday plans? #givingtime
  • What tools or resources are available to help people find volunteer opportunities for #GivingTuesday? #givingtime
  • How can volunteers make a big difference by #givingtime on #GivingTuesday?

You’ll meet new people (virtually), learn a lot about both volunteerism and #GivingTuesday, and most importantly, have FUN! Our aim is to leave you feeling refreshed and inspired about what you’re capable of this #GivingTuesday.