The AOL Timer Warner Foundation has announced that e-philanthropy portal Helping.org achieved record growth in donations and volunteer matches over the holiday season, raising more than $1.1 million in November and December and bringing the total raised since its inception in 1999 to $2.35 million. The average donation also increased to $207 during the holiday season, up from an average of $158 for the January-October period.
In addition, Helping.org matched more than 14,400 volunteers with activities and events in their communities over the holiday season, bringing the total number of volunteer matches to more than 60,000 people since the site was launched. Helping.org partners with nonprofit Impact Online to match thousands of volunteer opportunities from around the country with the people who live in those communities.
"Helping.org was founded to make giving and volunteering easy and secure for anyone who wants to lend a helping hand, and to create a way for charities to reach as many people as possible," said AOL Time Warner Foundation president Kathy Bushkin. "Just as we saw in commercial e-commerce three years ago, there is now tremendous growth potential in e-philanthropy — and it's very exciting that more and more people are adopting the online medium to contribute to the causes they care about."