Do Politics Influence Volunteer Behavior? What We Learned After the Election

2017 was undoubtedly a groundbreaking year for nonprofits.

In the days and months following the most recent presidential election, many nonprofits noticed a surge in donations and civic participation. did too. Four days after President Trump’s inauguration, the world’s largest volunteer recruitment platform witnessed its highest day of website visits ever.

Organizations large and small have reaped similar benefits — from behemoths like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood to less publicized organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

The assumption is: whenever a controversial policy is enacted, a groundswell of discontented Americans take a stand for the social causes they believe in using their voice and/or wallets.

We’ve seen the data and made assumptions, but what we haven’t been able to quantify yet is whether this holds true with volunteer behavior outside of anecdotes.

That’s why spinktank founder and volunteer engagement thought leader Erin Spink set out to study the link between volunteer behavior and times of political change. Next Thursday, July 26, at 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT, we’ll reveal fascinating findings from her research and explain what it means for volunteer managers in the years to come.

Join us for an hour of data and conversation. Webinar attendees will receive access to the study’s executive summary and a link to the full report. All are welcome, though spots are limited to a first come, first served basis. We look forward to seeing you!


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