Workday Volunteering Study – LBG Associates
Thank You to All the Companies that Provide Workday Volunteering Opportunities
LBG Research conducted a study about corporate volunteering, “Motivating Volunteering in Tough Times,” and while the complete report costs $77, the Executive Summary is available for free at their website: http://www.lbg-associates.com/publications/Volunteer_Executive%20Summary%20for%20Website.pdf.
It’s a valuable and interesting report and I thank LBG for conducting the survey and publishing their results. I also thank all the companies that were surveyed that support volunteering by their employees. Support comes in several forms, including financial support to the charities where the employees volunteer and more than 54% of the companies surveyed: “offer either a paid time off or a release program for employee volunteering.” In our modern society, this is a huge benefit to both the employee and to the non-profits who benefit from the time and talents provided by the volunteers.
I think that’s great, and should be encouraged by employers — the survey did indicate that having such programs in place generated a positive reaction by the employees. I am waiting for the “non-profit purists” to jump on this report and decry the fact that these volunteers are not “true volunteers” because “they’re being paid for their time.” Meanwhile, if you’re in a non-profit actually trying to get some work done with volunteers, work on finding the companies in your area that have “workday” volunteer programs, and use them to your and your clients’ benefit.
P.S. If you’re interested in developing your leadership skills, send me an e-mail at BillHuddleston@verizon.net and I’ll send you my article on non-profit leadership development.