The Volunteer Perspective — Industry Insights 2019

The Volunteer Perspective — Industry Insights 2019

More than three-quarters (78 percent) of people who volunteer with a nonprofit say that understanding the impact of their efforts keeps them engaged, a report from Verified Volunteers, the service sector unit of background and identity services firm Sterling, in partnership with VolunteerMatch, finds. Based on a survey of more than seventy-two hundred VolunteerMatch members, the report, The Volunteer Perspective — Industry Insights 2019 (19 pages, PDF), found that 62 percent of respondents stay engaged for the relationships they have built with the community through their volunteering, while 44 percent cite continued opportunities to build skills and gain experience. According to the report, 83 percent of respondents said they volunteer to contribute to a cause they care about, 66 percent to improve their communities, and 63 percent to spend time doing something they are interested in; 75 percent volunteer at more than one organization; and 84 percent volunteer at least a few times a year, while a quarter volunteer at least once a week. The survey also found that 56 percent of respondents said they would not be concerned about background checks if they knew their data would be secure, while 68 percent said they would be interested in a digital credential that "proves their identity, verifies their screening history, tracks trainings and hours, and allows them to check in at volunteer locations."