20 Volunteer Stats for Your Summer Reading
Hope you are all enjoying the summer! As I write this, I’m in Colorado Springs enjoying time with my grandkids (yes, I have grandkids!). Meanwhile, Peggy & Peter are planning their well-deserved vacation coming soon.
That said, we can’t neglect our promise to bring you our monthly top 20 lists! This month, we’re focusing on 20 volunteer stats collected from a variety of sources, all of which are cited below (we’ve added our own thoughts in ital.) So here we go!
Top 2 tidbits:
- The current estimate of a volunteer’s worth is $29.95 (Independent Sector, 2022). Personally, we think they are priceless!
- Only 55% of nonprofits assess volunteer impact (Cloud for Good). This is a big miss which if done could recruit more volunteers, drive more results, and help giving programs!
Who is volunteering:
- Women continue to dominate the volunteer sphere (TechJury, 2022). Thinking there’s an untapped resource?
- The average age range of a volunteer is 35 and 54. Which takes us to …
- The lowest age range is 20-24. Definitely need to reach out to up & coming pros!
- Nearly 60% of members prefer ad-hoc or micro-volunteering (The Decision To Volunteer ASAE, 2008). This continues to be the case. p.s. Check out this list of 20 ad hoc and micro volunteer roles.
- Millennials will be a major component of the global workforce by 2025 with estimates as high as 75% (Realized Worth, 2022). They also are more likely to be more concerned with social challenges, thus more inclined to support organizations with a strong sense of social purpose. Associations need to be ready to tap into this new dynamic.
- The average percentage of members who are current volunteers for the past 12 months is 14.5% and former volunteers is 15.7% (Sneak peek from the soon-to-be-released ASAE Foundation volunteering study.)
Benefits of Volunteering:
- Older volunteers see a 44% lower mortality rate. Likewise, volunteering leads to an 8.54% in mental health for all (TechJury, 2022) . Working together with people who share your passions often leads to lifetime friendships.
- 60% of hiring managers see the act of volunteerism as a valuable asset when making recruitment decisions (Forbes, 2013). This has not changed; volunteering continues to be viewed as an asset when looking for a job.
How & why are they volunteering:
- Virtual volunteering gained steam during the pandemic. One source cites 52% of companies tapped virtual volunteering as a way to help employees give their time to nonprofit causes saving 33% when compared to similar physical volunteering activities (Realized Worth, 2022). Having trouble with volunteers getting permission to give time, maybe focus on virtual opportunities!
- Looking at volunteering over the past 5 years 2017-21, 41% of volunteers reported an increase in hours, 37% stayed the same, and 18% reported a decrease. Note there were mixed results on the impact of COVID from staff while 60% of volunteers said it didn’t change (Sneak peek from the soon-to-be-released ASAE Foundation volunteering study.) Virtual volunteering grew during the pandemic and continues to be a force.
- A face-to-face request is 34 times more successful than an email (Vounteerorg). Phone calls work too. We can’t stress this enough!
- When asked why a member volunteers, giving back to my industry/profession stands at #1 (78%) with expanding my professional network at 51% coming in at #2. (Sneak peek from the soon-to-be-released ASAE Foundation volunteering study.)
- From the same research, career benefits are cited at least one-third of the time. This includes increasing my personal visibility, advancing my career, playing a larger role in legislative, regulatory and professional advocacy, and improving my technical knowledge and leadership skills. Looking forward to the study!
- Chapter leaders rated networking to grow personal circle of contacts as the benefit which brings them the highest personal satisfaction in their chapter leadership role (4 out of a 5 point scale). (2022 Chapter Performance & Benchmarking Report).
What keeps volunteers engaged and what do organizations do to keep volunteers engaged? Stats below come from Sterling Volunteers, 2021.
- 81% state that seeing the impact of their volunteerism keeps them engaged. Likewise, 81% of organizations see this as a top priority.
- 59% state they continue to volunteer due to the relationships with other volunteers, staff, or the community they are helping. Organizations put this at 79%.
- 45% state the opportunities to build skills and gain experiences as an important benefit with organizations setting the importance at 56%
- Only 24% of volunteers see recognition by staff and the organization while organizations put it at 74%. How can we make sure our volunteers feel the love? Check out these 20 cool ideas to say a thank you that makes a difference!
This list is part of our “Top 20” where we share 20 tips/ideas/resources as part of our 20th Anniversary! Check out what we’ve shared so far. Hope you enjoy!
- Need a reason to Volunteer? Here’s 20!
- Short & Sweet: 20 Ad hoc & Micro Volunteers Roles
- 20 Volunteer Truths That Never Grow Old
- Show Your Volunteers the Love During #NVW!: 20 cool ideas
- From the Past: 20 Posts That Still Resonate