What Nonprofits Should Know about VolunteerMatch’s Global Expansion

VolunteerMatch to Pilot International Expansion of Corporate Volunteering Network Using TechSoup Global TechnologyLast week we announced that we’re beginning to expand our services to create a global volunteer engagement network. We’ve partnered with TechSoup Global to leverage their technology and help build the capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world.

We hope you’re as excited by this announcement as we are! But we also recognize there may be some questions that pop up about this global expansion. Below are some FAQ’s for nonprofits that will help your organization, no matter where you’re located, make the most of the growing global VolunteerMatch network:

Isn’t VolunteerMatch already global?
How is VolunteerMatch working with TechSoup Global?
You mentioned 10 countries. Where is this expansion happening?
Will the whole world see my organization’s international listings?
What is planned for the future of VolunteerMatch Global?
So as a nonprofit, what should I do?

Isn’t VolunteerMatch already global?

Yes, actually, we have been for a while. Of the 100,000 organizations using VolunteerMatch, roughly 3,000 are from outside the U.S. However, we’ve never actively promoted our services to organizations based outside the United States. Until now.

How is VolunteerMatch working with TechSoup Global?

TechSoup Global has an amazing network of charities around the world that they’ve built up over the last 20+ years. We are using their technology to help smooth the registration process for organizations in 10 countries. In other words, now when a charity in one of the 10 countries registers, we ping TechSoup Global and can automate parts of the registration process. The power of technology!

You mentioned 10 countries. Where is this expansion happening?

The 10 countries in which we are working with TechSoup Global are Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Ireland, Germany, India, Singapore and Hong Kong. However, we are actively promoting VolunteerMatch just to organizations in the UK, Australia and Canada. We’d like to build the network of organizations and opportunities this year and learn what kind of growth we can expect, and starting with English speaking countries makes things a little easier.

Will the whole world see my organization’s international listings?

At first, the listings will appear in our corporate volunteering network – this means to the hundreds of thousands of employees who work at our more than 150 client companies. We are making it available to the corporate network first as part of the initial pilot before rolling it out on the public VolunteerMatch.org site.

What is planned for the future of VolunteerMatch Global?

For the rest of 2014, we will continue with this pilot initiative. We’re also working on translation issues as well as how to spread the word about VolunteerMatch in other countries. We’ll keep you posted about our progress!

So as a nonprofit, what should I do?

Great question! If your organization works in one of the pilot countries mentioned above, you can now post your listings for your volunteer needs in those countries! We encourage you to do this right away – the more volunteer listings we have in each country, the more great, skilled volunteers will make use of the network.

Have questions that weren’t answered here? Feel free to email us!

Keep up the great (global!) work!

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