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Nov 3, 2021 12:50:12 PM by InitLive

20 Volunteer Statistics Every Nonprofit Should Know

Volunteer Management, Volunteer/Staff Recruitment

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Volunteers play a crucial role in enabling nonprofits to deliver valuable programs and services and achieve their goals. Staying up-to-date and understanding volunteering trends can help you build and improve your current volunteer program based on best practices and volunteer preferences. 

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In this guide, we’ll review the most important volunteering statistics from a variety of angles, including:

You might be interested in learning more about volunteering statistics due to many reasons. Whether you’re looking for hard data to encourage people to join your program, building a case to justify an increase in funding, or just interested in learning more about volunteering, this article is for you. Let’s get right into it!

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General Volunteering Statistics

People are increasingly facing greater threats and challenges worldwide,  such as food insecurity, infectious diseases, extreme poverty, climate change, and more. The number of people who need a helping hand has increased. Because of this, volunteer help matters more now than ever. 

Here are some volunteer statistics that provide a broad overview of the current state of volunteering in the United States and around the world: 

  1. The estimated value of each volunteer hour conducted in the United States is $28.54(Independent Sector).

  2. An estimated 25.1 percent of US adults volunteered in 2017, contributing about 8.8 billion hours (National Center For Charitable Statistics).

  3. In 2017, the average number of hours contributed per volunteer was 137 (Statista). 

  4. 74% of nonprofits report that constituents' desire to participate in their organization's work has increased over the last five years (Salesforce.org)

  5. 72% of volunteers serve only one or two organizations or causes (Bureau Of Labour Statistics). 

  6. Women volunteer 6% more than men (Bureau Of Labour Statistics).

  7. 45% of nonprofits don’t measure volunteer impact, and of that group, 34% attributed the failure to a lack of resources and tools (Software Advice Volunteer Impact Report). 

  8. 9. 35% of volunteers said one of the reasons they volunteer is to socialize (Sterling Volunteers).

  9. Utah is the U.S. state with the highest percentage of volunteers (51%) (Corporation for National and Community Service). 

  10. The top four national volunteer activities in the U.S. are fundraising or selling items to raise money (36%), preparing or distributing food (34%), collecting and distributing goods or clothing (26.5%), and mentoring youths (26%) (United States Census Bureau). 

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corporate volunteer statistics

Corporate Volunteer Statistics

Corporate volunteering is an employer-supported volunteering program that encourages staff members to donate their time to a good cause in their community. Volunteer time off (VTO) is a great way to promote a work/life balance and corporate social responsibility. This type of volunteering enhances teamwork and collaboration among employees and can even encourage them to learn new skills along the way.

At the same time, corporate volunteerism contributes many advantages to nonprofit organizations as well. These organizations receive not only support for their volunteer programs but also monetary support in the form of volunteer grants. Volunteer grants are donations that businesses make to nonprofits after their employees have volunteered a certain number of hours with those organizations. 

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These statistics demonstrate the benefits of corporate volunteerism when it comes to employee engagement and satisfaction. 

  1. 77 percent of employees said that company-sponsored volunteer activities are essential to their wellbeing (Deloitte Impact Survey). 

  2. 92 percent of individuals involved in hiring processes agree that volunteering improves employees’ broader professional skill sets (Deloitte Impact Survey). 

  3. Almost 60% of companies provide paid time off (PTO) for employees to volunteer (America’s Charities). 

  4. The average corporate volunteer rate participation rate is 33% (2019 CECP Giving in Numbers Report).

  5. 40% of Fortune 500 companies offer volunteer grant programs (Double the Donation). 

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Volunteering During COVID-19 Statistics

COVID-19 may have temporarily paused many in-person volunteer opportunities, but the interest and support for volunteering remained. The pandemic opened lots of opportunities for virtual volunteering, allowing volunteers to continue their passion for volunteering while staying safe. 

Many statistics show that amid the ongoing pandemic, volunteers have continued to demonstrate an exceptional display of solidarity and support within their communities. Many volunteers have been stepping up to help out during these difficult times, and they have brought an enormous value at a very low cost. Here are some volunteer statistics from the COVID-19 era:

  1. The International Red Cross saw a major boost in volunteerism in 2020, with hundreds of thousands of new volunteers (United Nations).

  2. LinkedIn users added about 2.5 times the amount of volunteer experiences to their profiles in 2020 as they did in 2017 (LinkedIn). 

  3. Google Trends illuminated a major increase in searches for the term “virtual volunteering” starting in March 2020 (Google). 

volunteering health benefits statistics

Volunteering Health Benefits Statistics

You may have heard about the health benefits of volunteering, such as improvements in mental health. Studies show that volunteering helps individuals feel more socially connected, reducing feelings of loneliness and depression. Many people who choose to volunteer are also rewarded with improvements in physical health, lower blood pressure, and longer lifespans! These volunteering statistics clearly highlight the valuable health advantages:

  1. A study by Yeung, Zhang, and Kim found that volunteering led to: 

    - 8.54% increase in mental health
    - 9.08% in physical health
    - 7.35% in life satisfaction
    - 11.11% in social well-being
    - 4.30% decrease in depression (BMC Public Health)
  2. One study found that older adults who volunteered with two or more organizations experienced 44 percent lower mortality rates over a five-year period than those elderly persons who did not volunteer (Corporation for National and Community Service). 

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Now that you’ve read up on these volunteering statistics, understanding these trends will offer your nonprofit a clear idea of the motivation, values, and needs of today’s volunteers. This will help you to improve your volunteer management process. Keeping these statistics in mind, start planning how you can harness this valuable information to achieve your mission. Good luck!

If you are interested in more information, we have compiled a list of other great resources about volunteer management processes to help your organization thrive: 

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