Workplace Volunteering Grew in 2012

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Workplace Volunteering Grew in 2012

With the release this summer of the 2012 VolunteerMatch Impact Report, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most important outcomes of our work in 2012.
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Volunteer connections from corporate partners at VolunteerMatch grew at a faster rate in 2012.

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 7:00am

Workplace volunteering is on the rise for a bunch of reasons.

  • If you work full time, chances are good that you spend more time at work than you do with friends and family.
  • More companies see responsible citizenship as intrinsic to their identity.
  • More employees want to leverage company resources to make a difference.
  • More nonprofits are getting smart about engaging corporate volunteer programs or using services like VolunteerMatch that do it for them.

We were paying attention to these trends last year when we included the breakdown of workplace activity as a percentage of the overall volunteer activity in the VolunteerMatch network in 2011. More than 42% of the hundreds of thousands of new volunteer connections created at VolunteerMatch that year came through our partnerships with corporations. 

This year we went further by including this breakdown among a set of four data points on workplace impact in our 2012 Social Impact report. The information not only illustrates just how many people are volunteering through a VolunteerMatch program, it also shows the clear and growing impact of corporate volunteering in 2012 both at VolunteerMatch and in corporate social responsibility overall.

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  • More than 3.5 million employees had access to volunteer opportunities through VolunteerMatch in 2012. 
  • More than 38% of all activity in the VolunteerMatch network was coming through employee volunteer programs.
  • Employee volunteers reported an average of 36 hours per employee in 2012.