Back in 2001, VolunteerMatch welcomed an important addition to our network: our first corporate partners. These companies completed the VolunteerMatch picture, creating a strong ecosystem of nonprofits, volunteers and businesses that, together, strengthens our communities and our world.
Twelve years later the VolunteerMatch network is stronger than ever, with 7 million nonprofit-volunteer connections made to date and more than $4.5 billion in comparative volunteering value generated with your support for the independent sector – made possible by 170 corporate partners.
As we celebrate these milestones, we’re excited to announce continued investment in the growth of the VolunteerMatch network with the release this month of a new recommendations engine and an upgraded website design that makes it easier for people to find the perfect volunteer opportunity. The recommendations engine is designed to make looking for volunteer opportunities easier and more compelling. Users can now update their profiles with their interests and skills to display on their profile page the best possible matches from VolunteerMatch’s database of more than 70,000 active volunteer opportunities.
In addition, the VolunteerMatch home page has been completely redesigned around the experience of the individual volunteer. To catalyze people to action, localization services now show actionable opportunities based on what VolunteerMatch already knows is going on in your community. The new home page also prominently shows virtual volunteer opportunities that can be accomplished remotely from work or home. Working with companies, and the support they provide, enables VolunteerMatch to build tools like the recommendations engine that support more organizations and create a stronger community for your employees and consumer audiences.
New tools like the recommendations engine and the localization and personalization of the VolunteerMatch.org home page are also ways we can experiment with features that improve the connections between nonprofits and volunteers. This helps to inform the development of better tools for our corporate partners down the road – so stay tuned for that!
Learn more about the new recommendations engine and home page at VolunteerMatch.org. What do you think of these changes?