Most Americans seen as caring but unlikely to volunteer

Most Americans are more likely to talk about their commitment to positive change than they are to volunteer, according to a survey by Porter Novelli that was written about in Philanthropy Journal. While more than seven in 10 Americans say certain causes are important to them, fewer than one in five has volunteered to address those causes in the last year.

JVA Consulting is reminded of an early report (mentioned in Nonprofit Street) that found that nonprofits fail to place volunteers in positions that use their skills. JVA encourages nonprofits to revisit the roles volunteers can play within their organizations and provide volunteers with meaningful unpaid work experiences.

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