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The Power of Volunteering

January 6, 2009

According to Inside Philanthropy, Stanford ‘s Graduate School of Business recently released a study showing that encouraging volunteerism can result in financial contributions for nonprofit organizations.  The study discussed the emotional connection that is formed through volunteering, and how that leads to financial giving.

This has certainly been my experience working in the nonprofit sector.  Volunteering builds the kind of trust that Venu’s dad talked about in their conversation about giving below.  Building trust between donors and nonprofits is even more important in today’s uncertain financial climate.  And nothing is more inspirational than seeing lives changed or services provided or houses built – or being involved in whatever the nonprofit does.

Well, there’s something you can do right away to make volunteering a part of your life – take the Service Nation Pledge and explore ways to give your time to local causes.  (Hat tip to the Buzz Board.)  I just took the pledge – if you take it, please report back here and let us know!

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