On December 1st, we launched the 25 days of VolunteerMatch to ring out the 25th year of our organization! Check out our fun facts, historical tidbits, and excellent resources below:
Founded in 1998, VolunteerMatch began as one of the first nonprofit tech companies on the internet with the original name ImpactOnline.
VolunteerMatch has been acknowledged by not one, not two, but three U.S. Presidents as an invaluable tool for promoting civic engagement!
When Jennifer Bennett began working with volunteers, she felt she had to create everything from scratch. She started the Learning Center in 2007 to build community and best practices amongst leaders of volunteers.
In 2010, VolunteerMatch partnered with Target in the Scoop it Forward campaign to promote the volunteer-inspired Ben&Jerry's ice cream flavors, Brownie Chew Gooder and Berry Voluntary.
On Dec 8 1999, Oprah Winfrey promoted VolunteerMatch on her show, making it the second busiest day for traffic in our history.
In the month following Hurricane Katrina, VolunteerMatch referred nearly 80,000 volunteerst o help devastated communities rebuild and repair.
In 2014, VolunteerMatch partnered with LinkedIn so that nonprofits could share their skills-based and pro bono volunteer opportunities with millions of professionals.
In 2017, we refreshed our logo to emphasize that at the heart of our mission is the meeting of two helping hands.
Over the last seven years, we’ve been advocating for the value of giving time on Giving Tuesday with U.S. Bank, one of our most active customers when it comes to volunteerism.
Our team went fully remote in 2020, and now gathers in-person at least once a year for a new tradition called Homecoming.
Did you know that VolunteerMatch has the largest database of volunteering opportunities in the world? There is truly something for everyone - all searchable in one place!
This year, we exceeded 18 million volunteer connections made on VolunteerMatch over our 25 year history!
In 2019, VolunteerMatch’s Jennifer Bennett and VolunteerPro's Tobi Johnson joined forces to launch the Time + Talent podcast, bringing nonprofit leaders uplifting and insightful conversations from thought leaders in the sector.
Celebrating the 18 years that Samir Shah has contributed to our organization. Thank you, Samir, for your passion and dedication!
Have you ever tried typing “volunteer” into Apple Maps? In 2021, we partnered with Apple to launch volunteering guides in 20 major metropolitan areas, making it easy to discover volunteer opportunities in your own backyard!
VolunteerMatch helps Reading Partners connect with the tutors they need to provide students with reading support.
For day 21, we are celebrating how in 2021, Jude O'Reilley joined our team as the new CEO! Jude is a passionate advocate for the benefits volunteering has on personal development and well-being.
This year we launched the #GetThatGrin campaign to promote volunteerism as a joyful act of self-care.
(That’s a wrap) Thank you for following along for the 25 days of VolunteerMatch and being a part of our community! Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas!