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City of Austin - Volunteerism Benchmarking Study

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Volunteerism in Austin:
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•Bloomberg Philanthropies
•Impact Volunteering Fund
•Grant provisions
   •Chief Service Officer
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Concluding the Grant Process

•Make Austin model city of service
•Increase volunteerism and civic engagement
•Chief Servic...

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I'm serving on the City of Austin Volunteerism Strategy committee. This enviromental benchmarking study was one of the first project we reviewed to help shape the future landscape of volunteering in Austin, TX.

I'm serving on the City of Austin Volunteerism Strategy committee. This enviromental benchmarking study was one of the first project we reviewed to help shape the future landscape of volunteering in Austin, TX.

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  1. 1. Volunteerism in Austin: How we can regain our position and help our community
  2. 2. Cities of Service •Bloomberg Philanthropies •Impact Volunteering Fund •Grant provisions •Chief Service Officer •Four issue-based programs •Recruitment tools
  3. 3. Concluding the Grant Process •Make Austin model city of service •Increase volunteerism and civic engagement •Chief Service Officer Sly Majid •Tailor to Austin landscape •NPOs, businesses, demographics, culture and lifestyle •Existing resources, functions, needs •Optimize position of Mayor’s Office
  4. 4. Moving Forward •Identified best practices, patterns in service/engagement •Four themes in national service •Austin’s high points •Ideas for future pathways
  5. 5. Corporation for National and Community Service Volunteering In America 2011
  6. 6. Top Volunteering Cities •Twin Cities •Seattle •Portland •Salt Lake City •Columbus •Hartford •Kansas City •Oklahoma City •Washington D.C. •Milwaukee •St. Louis •Rochester*
  7. 7. The Themes Demographics Corporate Involvement Institutional Support Civic Engagement and City Culture
  8. 8. Population Explosion
  9. 9. GROWTH RATES FOR BENCHMARKING CITIES 2000- 2010 Metro City • Twin Cities 10.5% -0.35% • Seattle 13% 8% • Portland 15.5% 10.3% • Salt Lake City 16% 2.6% • Columbus 13.9% 10.6% • Hartford 5.6% 2.6% • Kansas City 10.9% 4.1% • Oklahoma City 14.4% 14.6% • Washington D.C. 16.4% 5.2% • Milwaukee 3.7% -0.4% • St. Louis 4.2% -8.3% • Rochester 1.6% -4.2% • Austin 37.3% 20.4%
  10. 10. CHANGE IN POPULATION AND CHANGE IN VOLUNTEER RATE 2004-2010 20% Change in Volunteer Rate from 2004 to 15% 10% 5% 2010 0% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% -5% -10% -15% -20% Change in Population from 2000 to 2010
  11. 11. Magnet for Young Adults
  12. 12. Austin's Age Distribution 85+ 80-84 75-79 70-74 65-69 60-64 55-59 50-54 45-49 Age 40-44 35-39 30-34 25-29 20-24 15-19 10-14 05-09 00-04 0 20000 40000 60000 80000 100000 120000 Population 2010 Census Data via DSHS Center for Health Statistics
  13. 13. VOLUNTEER RATE BY AGE GROUP 35.00% 31.80% 30.60% 30.00% 28.10% 24% 25.00% 23.30% 22.50% 20.00% 15.00% 10.00% 5.00% 0.00% 16 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65+ Volunteer Rate in 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics Volunteering in United States, 2011 Economic News Release
  14. 14. Fast Growing Older Population
  15. 15. Austin Growth by Age Group from 2005-2010 60-69 35.00% 32.90% 30.00% 0-9 25.00% 010-19 80+ 20-29 Percent Growth 20.00% 18.83% 10-19 50-59 30-39 15.76% 16.21% 40-49 0-9 70-79 15.00% 13.10% 13.39% 50-59 30-39 60-69 20-29 9.30% 10.00% 70-79 7.71% 40-49 5.34% 80+ 5.00% 0.00% Age Groups 2005-2010 Census Data via DSHS Center for Health Statistics
  16. 16. Bureau of Labor Statistics Volunteering in United States, 2011 Economic News Release
  17. 17. “Majority-Minority”
  18. 18. Volunteer Rate by Ethnicity 28.2% 30% 25% 20.8% 20.0% 20% 14.9% 15% 10% 5% 0% White Black/African Asian Hispanic/Latino American Bureau of Labor Statistics Volunteering in United States, 2011 Economic News Release
  19. 19. Tale of Two Cities
  20. 20. City Examples Rochester Minneapolis-St. Paul Seattle Columbus Portland
  21. 21. Local Support Austin Pro Bono •Connect organizations and skilled individuals who offer pro bono services to nonprofits United Way for Greater Austin •Seeks the root of problems in the community to ensure lasting solutions and to offer alternatives for a better life Hands on Central Texas •Program of United Way •Strengthens communities through volunteer service focused on education, income, health, and the environment
  22. 22. Government Initiatives Conference on Service •Learn, Connect, Be Inspired, and Make a Difference •Inclusion of nonprofit, government, business, and faith-based sectors Volunteer Recognition •Annual Volunteer Recognition awards •Lieutenant Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate Volunteer Management •Thorough certificate program •After certified, trainers are able to teach volunteer management courses to nonprofits
  23. 23. Government Initiatives Non-profit Liaison to the Governor •Established in 2011 •Cabinet-level position which serves as a state advocate for nonprofit community providers “This position provides an important linkage between community providers and the Executive Branch…of its ongoing commitment to the nonprofit health and human services organizations that serve as the safety net for 500,000 of the state’s residents.” -Terry Edelstein
  24. 24. Volunteer Center Efforts Wisconsin •Partnership between Nonprofit Center of Greater Milwaukee and Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee •Over 600 member organizations following consolidation •VolunteerWisconsin.org operated by Volunteer Center Association of Wisconsin
  25. 25. Austin Business and Service •Job growth: 21.3%; 140,200 jobs •Funding  Jobs  Growth •Startups •Lack of proportional service growth •Unorganized business engagement structures •Volunteering •Giving
  26. 26. Unemployment and Volunteer Trends Unemployment and Volunteering in •Austin T Five Service Cities and Austin op 40 •Lowest 38 Volunteer Rate (% Population) unemployment 36 •Greatest affect 34 32 •Unemployment 30 Austin relatively less affecting 28 T Cities win in top cities Portland 26 •Downward and 24 Salt Lake City upward trends 22 Seattle •Portland outlier 2 4 6 8 10 12 Unemployment Rate (% Work Force)
  27. 27. Volunteering and Job Creation Volunteering in Top Five Job Creation Cities 40 Volunteer Rate (% Population) •Salt Lake City 38 service not 36 affected by jobs 34 Austin: 21.3% •Service in Texas 32 Salt Lake City: 13.5% not reacting to 30 San Antonio: 13.1% economic 28 Houston: 15.7% Fort Worth: 10.8% recovery 26 24 •Texas civic 22 engagement 20 2007 2008 2009 2010 Year
  28. 28. Good Business Practices Companies St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch J.P. Morgan Chase, Tech for Social Good Corporate/Business Volunteer Councils Twin Cities, Corporate Volunteerism Council Philanthropic Foundations Columbus, The Columbus Foundation
  29. 29. Philanthropy in Austin •1997-2008: individual giving fell 5.8% to 4.2% •Young city •Major corporations •Multiple organizations handling philanthropic donations •I Live Here, I Give Here •Austin Community Foundation •United Way
  30. 30. Top Giving Cities and Austin City City Population MDI Med % Med Contribution Total Contributions Houston, TX 2,099,451 $66,264 5.00% $3,332 $3,100,000,000 San Jose, CA 945,942 $65,831 3.50% $2,277 $1,200,000,000 Austin, TX 790,390 $64,597 4.10% $2,630 $790,800,000 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 1,939,022 $63,504 5.30% $3,394 $3,700,000,000 San Antonio, TX 1,327,407 $61,386 4.60% $2,846 $650,000,000 Boston, MA 617,594 $60,312 2.80% $1,719 $2,500,000,000 San Diego, CA 1,307,402 $58,845 4.00% $2,328 $1,400,000,000 Jacksonville, FL 821,784 $58,811 5.20% $3,078 $617,300,000 Philadelphia, PA 1,526,006 $57,523 4.00% $2,295 $3,000,000,000 Indianapolis, IN 820,445 $56,830 4.60% $2,632 $762,800,000 San Francisco, CA 805,235 $56,594 3.90% $2,180 $3,100,000,000 Memphis, TN 646,889 $56,240 7.20% $4,035 $703,800,000 Baltimore, MD 620,961 $56,161 4.80% $2,683 $1,600,000,000 Charlotte, NC 731,424 $54,862 5.80% $3,162 $1,100,000,000 Chicago, IL 2,695,598 $54,858 4.20% $2,296 $5,100,000,000 Detroit, MI 713,777 $53,508 4.40% $2,329 $1,800,000,000 Phoenix, AZ 1,445,632 $53,064 4.60% $2,445 $1,700,000,000 Los Angeles, CA 3,792,621 $51,300 5.10% $2,630 $6,700,000,000 New York, NY 8,175,133 $51,038 4.60% $2,361 $12,900,000,000 Columbus, OH 787,033 $47,696 4.30% $2,062 $735,800,000
  31. 31. Austin’s Culture •Small scale/individual volunteering not included in CNCS study •Hours per person volunteering above average •Matching personalized interest – likely more effective than broad “volunteering” campaigns •ATX niche culture: favoritism for “the new” works as an idea incubator & a barrier to collaboration •New Austinites have limited resources for orientation •Correlation between election turnout & homeownership
  32. 32. City Examples •Twin Cities: history of volunteerism •Civic engagement in Milwaukee, Twin Cities, Salt Lake City, and Rochester •Milwaukee: “City of Festivals” •St. Louis: home-ownership & neighborhood involvement •Portland: Office of Neighborhood involvement
  33. 33. Culture •Vibrant and diverse •Local and independent •Active •Artistic •Pride
  34. 34. Higher Education •One of the most educated metropolitan areas in the nation 43.3% of Austin has a college degree 23.3% of Texas and 24.4% of the US has a college degree •High level of support from community Approved proposition for new medical school
  35. 35. Tech Sector • Headquarters for well-known companies, particularly for semiconductors and software • City support through the Emerging Technologies Program • Diversifies job market • Booming tech start up industry  http://austinstartup.com
  36. 36. Nonprofit Community •More nonprofits per capita than any other city in Texas •Broad range of services offered •Multitude of volunteer opportunities
  37. 37. Organizational Outreach Austin Youth Council Mayor’s Taskforce on Aging
  38. 38. Framework for Planning • Thinking systematically • Designing a centralized web resource hub which supports and advertises nonprofit opportunities • Structures for engaging business sector: incentives process, Corporate Volunteerism Council, Chamber of Commerce representation for non-profit sector • Neighborhood involvement & investment
  39. 39. Contact: Ellen Ray- ellen.ray@austintexas.gov Carrie Powell- carrie.powell@austintexas.gov Anisha Vichare- anisha.vichare@austintexas.gov Taylor Timinsky- taylor.timinsky@austintexas.gov

Editor's Notes

  • No data on Native American volunteer rates

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