“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:
- 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.