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Great Expectations: Boomers and the Future of Volunteering

A VolunteerMatch User Study

Why do boomers and older adults volunteer? Why don't they? Where do they volunteer? And for how long? To get a closer look at the first wave of boomers who are just now entering their 60's and their views on volunteering, VolunteerMatch asked them about their attitudes and experiences.

"Great Expectations: Boomers and the Future of Volunteering," offers an improved understanding of some of the unique characteristics of this volunteer demographic, and serves as a fresh resource for nonprofits in need of volunteers, especially those who can offer a lifetime of personal and professional skills.

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With the ongoing support of The Atlantic Philanthropies, VolunteerMatch is responding to these findings by launching a strategic three-year initiative to expand and enhance the VolunteerMatch network to encourage the virtuous cycle of civic engagement among older adults. The program will invest in operational improvements to make it easier for our nonprofit members to tap into the time and talent of the increasingly rich pool of older volunteers. The goals of the program are to:

  • Expand the community of nonprofit organizations actively engaging the time and talent of older adults.
  • Expand the number, quality, visibility, diversity and range of opportunities for older adults to serve the public good.
  • Increase the number of older adults able to find a meaningful opportunity to serve the public good.

Acknowledgements

MetLife Foundation The Atlantic Philanthropies Hart Research Associates Corporation for National & Community Service
Civic Ventures Experience Corps The Bridgespan Group Fenton Communications

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