Conference Recap: Reflections on the 2010 National Conference

It\'s been a few weeks but we\'re still buzzing about this year\'s National Conference on Volunteering and Service – and not just from all the ice cream! This year\'s event was the biggest ever, and it was set in the Big Apple. In between appearances and performances by big names in entertainment and politics, there was a tremendous number of sessions and social events for business leaders who are engaged in volunteer programs. So no wonder it made a big impact on VolunteerMatch, our clients and partners who went, and a cast of 6,000 other conference-goers [...]

New Tool: VolunteerMatch Opportunity Builder

If there’s one clear benefit for clients who employee VolunteerMatch’s Corporate Solution, it’s the ability for companies to be more strategic in their volunteering. Integrated with the VolunteerMatch Network -- the Web’s largest volunteering community -- our tools allow employees to volunteer with causes that are important to them or that are deliberate to a company’s giving strategy. One of our features, released in February 2008, the VolunteerMatch Opportunity Builder, goes one step further [...]

2010 Client Summit Recap – The Glitz, Glamour and Volunteering

The 2010 VolunteerMatch Client Summit, sponsored by MGM MIRAGE, wrapped up just a few hours ago! For the 90 guests who came out to the Luxor Hotel & Casino to network, learn and share ideas about corporate volunteer engagement, this year\'s event -- \"Bet On Volunteering!\" -- stirred with excitement about the future of corporate volunteering and its place in the larger Social Responsibility landscape. The Summit didn\'t waste any time. Guests arriving early mingled with VolunteerMatch team members on Wednesday night at the House of Blues, in Mandalay Bay. We also had fun on Summit day starting with a \"Morning of Service,\" a virtual volunteer opportunity that involved all of us making and decorating thank you and birthday cards for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. The Summit agenda kicked off with a keynote address from Professor Jane Nelson, Harvard University, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, and Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. Her talk on \"Volunteering in the Value Chain: Linking CSR with Core Business Strategy\" encouraged [...]

Client Spotlight: CNO Financial Group Steps Up!

Conseco, which is changing its name to CNO Financial Group, Inc. in May, has been supporting its employee volunteers for years. In 2009, for example, the Indiana-based insurance and annuities provider and Fortune 500 company inspired employees to donate more than 16,000 hours of service to support their communities. A key part of the program at Conseco is a campaign it calls the Step Up Awards. Through these annual awards -- which are made possible by Conseco\'s use of VolunteerMatch tools [...]

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 [...]