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> BY THE NUMBERS: VoLUNTEERING ACCoRDING To THE Corporation for National & Community Service, the Power of A, and the online volunteer recruiting platform VolunteerMatch, organizations can expect a bright future for volunteer engagement. Here's a look at volunteerism, by the numbers. * In 2013, one in four adults (25.4 percent) volunteered through an organization, demonstrating that volunteering remains an important activity for millions of Americans. Altogether, 62.6 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.7 billion hours in 2013. Based on the Independent Sector's estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour, the estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $173 billion. * Lending professional and management expertise accounted for 15 percent of volunteer activities. * Volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers. Nearly eight in 10 (79.2 percent) volunteers donated to charity, compared to four in 10 (40.4 percent) of non-volunteers. Overall, half of all citizens (50.7 percent) donated at least $25 to charity in 2013. * The VolunteerMatch Impact Report, which presents a peek into the world of nonprofits and their volunteers, listed the following as the Top 10 Cause Areas for volunteers. * Community * Children and Youth * Education and Literacy * Health and Medicine * Seniors * International * Arts and Culture * Environment * Disabled * Sport & Recreation * Association members contribute their time: More than 90 percent of association members in ASAE's Decision to Volunteer study reported having volunteered within their organization in the past year. * Associations are seeing an increase in the number of members volunteering, going from 31.9 percent to 44.8 percent over the past year. Associations are seeing an increase in the number of members volunteering. * Thirty percent of the people who volunteer their time do so through an association. * Associations' members are more likely to volunteer for organizations in which they are involved than nonassociation members: half of association respondents to an ASAE survey volunteer for one or two organizations, and the other half volunteer for three or more. * Association members contribute money: Association members are more likely than the general public to give to charities every year - 84 percent of the respondents in ASAE's Decision to Give study reported charitable giving compared to 70 percent of the general public. * Associations were responsible for $50 billion worth of volunteer time, using the Independent Sector number that an hour of volunteer time is worth $20.85 to the economy. For more information please visit, and connections 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Summer 2015

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
How to Build a Stronger Volunteer Program
Volunteer Risks and Rescues
The List: Micro & Ad Hoc Volunteer Jobs in Associations
Engaging Your Members with Mobile Technology
By the Numbers: Volunteering
2015 GSAE Annual Meeting
Destination: Nashville
Choices: A Quiet Conversation with a Dear Friend
Index of Advertisers

Connections - Summer 2015