The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced a grant of $1.5 million to Do Something for its campaign to sign up 3.8 million members by 2014 by engaging teens via mobile technology. Coupled with a similar grant from Omidyar Network, Do Something seeks to substantially broaden its reach and impact, the New York Times reports.
About 80 percent of Jews age 18 to 35 have engaged in volunteer work during the past year, but by and large their volunteerism has been infrequent and not related to their faith, according to a new study.
The study, commissioned by Repair the World, which works to promote volunteerism among Jews, surveyed roughly 1,000 young Jews last fall and is believed to be the first in-depth look at volunteerism within a faith group, according to Jon Rosenberg, Repair the World’s CEO. Many of the findings apply to any religious group, he says.
A recent charitable giving report found that corporate America stepped up to the plate to give in larger numbers last year, up 8.8% after inflation from the year before.
But not every corporation is writing checks these days.
For instance, this year, in honor of its 100-year anniversary, IBM asked its employees around the world to commit to a day of service on June 15, and more than 300,000 took the call. According to the company, close to three-quarters of its global workforce volunteered in more than 5,000 projects in 120 countries.
A new Deloitte survey reveals that millennials who frequently participate in workplace volunteer activities are far more likely to be proud, loyal and satisfied employees compared to those who rarely or never volunteer. The findings come from the eighth annual Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey. Further, more than one-third of those who frequently volunteer are more likely to be very satisfied with the progression of their career. These and other findings from the survey suggest a link between volunteerism and the quality of employee engagement as well as favorable employee perceptions of organizational culture.
Idealware and TechSoup announced the release of their latest in-depth report, A Consumers Guide to Volunteer Management Systems, available for free download with registration.
With the ability to feed 20,000 people from one mobile kitchen, and a chain of command so tightly run it would make a military officer proud, the Southern Baptist Convention teams are the backbone of disaster relief in the South. Nearly 95,000 Baptists across the country are trained to handle disasters. After the Red Cross and Salvation Army, the Baptist group is the biggest disaster relief organization in the country.
Thousands of church members are doing their part to help the South recover from the recent tornadoes. They raise money, sort clothing donations and hand out water.
An online clearinghouse for volunteers — the first of six local arts and culture collaborations in development to help stabilize the sector — is expected to roll out at the end of this month.
The Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan is beta testing a website that lists volunteer opportunities at local arts and cultural organizations and lets residents sign up online.
Between the recessionary slump in charitable giving and cuts from federal and state government, local nonprofits have faced challenging times in recent years. But Orlando has one perk that most cities don't — the 3 million visitors who come here for corporate retreats, annual meetings and conventions each year.
Increasingly, their companies and organizations are seeking hefty community-service projects while they're in town, both to boost morale and promote a public image as one of the good guys.
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies and the International Labour Organization have announced the release of a new manual to help statistical agencies around the world track the amount, type and value of volunteer work in their countries.
The Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work is believed to be the first internationally sanctioned guide to generating reliable, official data on volunteer work using a common definition and approach.