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Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers
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Nonprofit Insights: Friends with Benefits - How Nonprofits Should Engage Millennial Volunteers

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For the January 2013 edition of Nonprofit Insights hosted by VolunteerMatch, the DoSomething.org team presented the findings of their study on young people and volunteering. Aria Finger, Bob Filbin …

For the January 2013 edition of Nonprofit Insights hosted by VolunteerMatch, the DoSomething.org team presented the findings of their study on young people and volunteering. Aria Finger, Bob Filbin and Jeff Bladt answer questions like why some teens and college students volunteer and why some don't, what types of volunteering is most popular with young volunteers, and how nonprofits can best engage these young activists in their work.

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  • DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. for young people and social change
  • 93% of teens say they want to volunteer; far less do (54 – 22%, depending on definition)
  • This survey is one of most comprehensive surveys on young people + volunteering to date3 Reasons This Survey is Unique (+ Better)1. It includes the voice of young teens: As far as we know, this is the first comprehensive national survey of teens + volunteering to incorporate respondents 13 – 15 years old.
  • It captures the diversity of how young people volunteer: Most large surveys use a definition of volunteering that only includes work done through organizations. But many young people don’t volunteer with organizations, or use word “organization.” According to Google Trends, since 2004, use of word “organization” has fallen by more than half. In the last year, “group” and “club” were used 10x and 16x as often. Our definition: “work done for no pay for any group or organization, with friends, or by oneself”
  • It uncovers more accurate motivations for why young people volunteer: Ask a young person why they volunteer and he’ll give answer like, “to make a difference in people’s lives” and “to work on an issue I care about deeply.” True, but there’s more. Who would say, “Because I want a scholarship” or “To meet girls”?We asked questions in indirect ways to reveal young people’s motivations. Instead of asking “why doyou volunteer” we asked “why do you think other people your age volunteer”
  • 75.9% of those whose friends volunteer regularly is the primary reason influencing a young person’s volunteering habit.41.7% of those whose friends do not volunteer regularly, volunteer.19% came up with the idea to volunteer by themselves.57% were invited by someone: friends, family, or other adult to volunteer.
  • Volunteering alone is boring. Young people volunteer to help people, it’s no shock they want to volunteer with people. Forget a project to install energy efficient lighting. It’s lonely. Instead, ask young people to clean up a park with friends, and suddenly volunteering = hanging out. Social change is a bonus.
  • Activities should feel like friends hanging out. But think watching football in the basement, not Sweet 16 party. One-time commitments, fluid (i.e., flexible start and end-times), close to home (but not at home).
  • Forget emails and newsletters. Text. Google “email is for” and the 1st auto-complete option is “old people.” Texts have a 97% open rate. Email? 10 – 20%. To keep in touch w/ teens, you’ll have to live in their phone.
  • Action rates for our mobile list: 30x that of email.
  • Youth at private schools volunteer more
  • When low-wealth youth go to private school, they have almost the same volunteering rate as high-wealth youth at public + private schools.
  • Parents are a greater influence on a teen’s volunteer habits in HS. In college, friends have 4x the impact.
  • Top reasons for volunteering.
  • #1 volunteer activity
  • #1 group through which they volunteer
  • Type of volunteering young people do is often similar to the type of extracurriculars they engage in.
  • Men engage in more physical forms of volunteering (cleanups, sports), women focus on helping people (homelessness, the elderly)
  • Incentives: Volunteering not only makes the world better, it makes you better too.#1 worry for young people: paying for college. After that: getting in. Frame incentives around strengthening college applicationsscholarship $Social: hang with friends, make new ones! They want to volunteer with people their age, but not the same gender.
  • More than anything else, young people want to participate in volunteer opportunities that allow them to work with their friends.Also important: working with volunteers of the opposite gender.Least desirable : volunteering alone or from home. (So even if your activity could be done alone or at home, that’s not a great option.)Make your activities social. Forget volunteering projects young people can do from your office or even the teen’s home. It’s not fun to do data entry or install a compact fluorescent light bulb by yourself. Instead, try something like an environmental clean-up. Ask young people to clean up a park, and to sign up with friends, and suddenly volunteer work turns into hanging out, with social change as a bonus.
  • For young people, proximity to home is the 2nd most important attribute of a desirable volunteer activity, after working with friends.
  • Many young people are pressed for time. Short activities are best, and those that allow for different levels of engagement are better (5 min vs. an hour vs. a half day). One-time commitments are also preferable.Lack of time is the #1 reason young people give for not volunteering.
  • What do young people do for fun? Can it be turned into volunteering?#1 way athletes volunteer: working with young people in sports and rec programs. Same goes for musicians with art and music programs.
  • Focused on People: The action addresses a fundamental need for someone. Issues like hunger, homelessness, and welfare are particularly important to young people. Ex: Young people think sending an online message to our troops is more valuable than installing an energy efficient light bulb in their school.
  • Spotlight-Free: Many young people would prefer to remain anonymous or help from a distance. In the mobile age, they’re more accustomed to anonymity.To do something about a problem in their community, most young people would prefer to write an opinion letter to a local newspaper than express their views in front of a group of people. Young people are particularly averse to contacting elected officials.
  • Beneficial for Volunteers Too: Young people who volunteer are worried about getting into a good college and paying for it. Make sure your volunteer activity can be a resume booster, or ties to scholarship opportunities.Paying for college is the #1 worry for young people who volunteer. #2 is getting into college.Simultaneously, if you ask them, building their resume is the least important reason they volunteer. Maybe, but a stronger resume means more scholarship opportunities, and a stronger college application.
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    • 1. Friends with Benefits:How Nonprofits ShouldEngage MillennialVolunteersJanuary 23, 2013 #vmlearn
    • 2. Who are we?Aria Finger Jeff Bladt Bob FilbinCOO Data Scientist Data ScientistDoSomething.org DoSomething.org DoSomething.org@arialrene @BLADT @bobfilbin@DoSomething @DoSomething @DoSomething #vmlearn 2
    • 3. YOUNG PEOPLE +VOLUNTEERING #vmlearn
    • 4. WHY ANOTHER SURVEY? #vmlearn
    • 5. WHO WE SURVEYED #vmlearn
    • 6. RE-DEFINING VOLUNTEERISMGOVERNMENT SAYS: 22%
    • 7. RE-DEFINING VOLUNTEERISMTEENS SAY: 54% #vmlearn
    • 8. WHY WE THINK YOUNG PEOPLE VOLUNTEER #vmlearn
    • 9. WHY THEY ACTUALLY VOLUNTEER #vmlearn
    • 10. THE SOCIAL VOLUNTEER 75.9% 41.7% Of those who have friends Of those whose friends that volunteer, volunteer do not volunteer regularly. regularly, volunteer. #vmlearn
    • 11. THE UNCONVENTIAL VOLUNTEER 40%OF THOSE WHO VOLUNTEERED DID NOT VOLUNTEER WITH AN ORGANIZATION. #vmlearn
    • 12. VOLUNTEERING IS A LIKE A PARTY… #vmlearn
    • 13. CASE STUDY: THE HUNT GROU SMS PS #vmlearn
    • 14. WHO VOLUNTEERS? #vmlearn
    • 15. MOVIE BUFFS AND MALL RATS +22% +26% 1-3 1-3 movies/month visits/month #vmlearn
    • 16. CASE STUDY: TEENS FOR JEANS LOCA CARE L ABOUT #vmlearn
    • 17. TEXTERS vs. TALKERSYOUNG PEOPLEVOLUNT WHO TEXT EER #vmlearn
    • 18. CASE STUDY: PREGNANCY TEXT SMS REFE GAME R FRIEN DS #vmlearn
    • 19. EMPIRE STATE OF MIND #vmlearn
    • 20. EMPIRE STATE OF MIND #vmlearn
    • 21. TOP 5 ISSUES1. ANIMAL WELFARE2. HUNGER3. HOMELESSNESS4. THE ENVIRONMENT5. THE ECONOMY #vmlearn
    • 22. REGION ANIMALHOMELESS WELFARE NES HUNGER #vmlearn
    • 23. PRIVATE vs. PUBLIC #vmlearn
    • 24. HIGH WEALTH vs. LOW WEALTH FAMILY WEALTH MATTERSBUT THE TYPE OF SCHOOL CLOSES THE GAP. #vmlearn
    • 25. WHY TEENSVOLUNTEER? #vmlearn
    • 26. HIGH SCHOOL VS COLLEGE PARENTS FRIENDS INFLUENC INFLUENC E E HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE #vmlearn
    • 27. GUYS vs. GIRLSCAUSE I CARE CAUSE I CAREABOUT ABOUTMAKE A GET INTODIFFEERNCE COLLEGEVOLUNTEERING IS A GET A GOOD JOBREWARD #vmlearn
    • 28. HOW TEENSVOLUNTEER #vmlearn
    • 29. ACTIVITY: RAISING DOLLA’S #vmlearn
    • 30. GROUP: RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS #vmlearn
    • 31. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES #vmlearn
    • 32. VOLUNTEERING ACTIVITY BY GENDERHELPING PEOPLE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY #vmlearn
    • 33. PERKS OF BEING A VOLUNTEER #vmlearn
    • 34. PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEER ARE HAPPIER #vmlearn
    • 35. PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEER ARE MORE ENGAGED #vmlearn
    • 36. CHECKLIST: HOW TO ENGAGE YOUNG PEOPLE #vmlearn
    • 37. MAKE VOLUNTEERING: SOCIAL #vmlearn
    • 38. MAKE VOLUNTEERING: ACCESSIBLE #vmlearn
    • 39. MAKE VOLUNTEERING:BRIEF-SINGULAR #vmlearn
    • 40. MAKE VOLUNTEERING: FAMILIAR #vmlearn
    • 41. MAKE VOLUNTEERING: FOCUSED ON PEOPLE #vmlearn
    • 42. MAKE VOLUNTEERING:SPOTLIGHT FREE #vmlearn
    • 43. MAKE VOLUNTEERING:BENEFICIAL FORVOLUNTEER TOO #vmlearn
    • 44. FOR TEENS WHO VOLUNTEER… SOCIAL CHANGE CAN BE A BONUS… #vmlearn
    • 45. FOR TEENS WHO VOLUNTEER… #vmlearn
    • 46. Questions?Aria Finger Jeff Bladt Bob FilbinCOO Data Scientist Data ScientistDoSomething.org DoSomething.org DoSomething.org@arialrene @BLADT @bobfilbin@DoSomething @DoSomething @DoSomething #vmlearn 46
    • 47. Becoming an OrganizationPowered By Pro BonoFebruary 20, 2013 http://learn.volunteermatch.org #vmlearn

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