Advancing the Pro Bono Dialogue

Two studies have revealed that nonprofits are increasingly looking to corporations for pro bono and skilled volunteering to help offset a decline in financial donations. The findings also suggest that leaders in the field of corporate philanthropy are stressing the need for a standard value of pro bono services, and elimination of the barriers to effective use. Taproot Foundation\'s Pro Bono Action Tank (PBAT) and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) released a study [...]

Corporate Citizenship: New Research Helps Make The Business Case for Volunteering

In May, the City of London Corporation and Corporate Citizenship released research showing that corporate volunteer programs offer significant financial benefits to companies. \"Volunteering: The most cost effective way to train and develop your staff\" surveyed almost 550 employees from 16 major City of London firms, including Aviva, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Deutsche Bank. The findings provide a new view on professional development through employee volunteering that\'s in sharp contrast to most studies [...]

The Entrepreneurs Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation released their 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report

Earlier this year Entrepreneurs Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation released the 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report [PDF], a study examining how and why Silicon Valley companies participate in philanthropic and community initiatives. The Corporate Citizenship 2010 report revealed that despite the recession, giving in Silicon Valley has increased due largely to the growth of in-kind donations. Although corporate giving strategies have changed in response to the economy, health and human services, and [...]

Company Evaluations by Drivers of Success from BCCCC Report Mapping Success in Employee Volunteering

At National Conference this June, calculating impact (see article Conference Recap) is not only a hot topic, but a necessity for employee volunteer programs that aim to be sustainable and respected in the industry. Quality tools and best practices are a start, but the challenge is to continually seek to improve our offerings for partners. A 2009 report from Bea Boccalandro of VeraWorks and the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship not only provides [...]

UnitedHealthcare and VolunteerMatch Release ‘Do Good. Live Well’ Study

Have you had a chance to check out the UnitedHealthcare/VolunteerMatch Do Good. Live Well. Survey? The new report, one of the most comprehensive of its kind, analyzed findings from a survey of more than 4,500 Americans over the age of 18 in order to identify the health impacts of volunteering. Everyone who works with volunteers should know what\'s inside. The survey found that 68% of those who volunteered in the past year report that volunteering has made them feel physically healthier. The survey also explored the emotional benefits of volunteering and attitudes toward workplace volunteering. [...]

CMI Green Traveler Study: Voluntourism All Fueled Up, Yet to Take Off

The global recession hasn\'t dampened enthusiam for volunteer travel. But while the idea of volunteer related travel (\"Voluntourism\") is trendy these days, not much is known about who these volunteers are, how big a chunk of the travel business they represent, or what impact they are making in local communities. While U.S.-based travelers represent a large part of the market of volunteer abroad experiences, much less is known about the interest in domestic travel-related volunteering [...]

Slim Rise in U.S. Volunteer Rates No Match for Huge Rise in Federal Spending on Volunteering

If no news is good news during tough times, then even slightly optimistic news is a beacon of hope, right? That\'s what the results of the Bureau of Labor Statistics\' latest report on U.S. volunteer rates suggest, says the Corporation for National and Community Service. The $1.15 billion federal agency is promoting the BLS figures this week. But despite some definite improvements -- particularly in light of a severe recession -- the results should be taken with a grain of [...]