June 16, 2009
VolunteerMatch Opens Public Access to its Network
"We need your service, right now at this moment in history. I'm not going to tell you what your role should be; that's for you to discover. But I am asking you to stand up and play your part. I am asking you to help change history's course." – President Obama, 4/21/09
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 16, 2009 – In response to President Obama's historic call to service, VolunteerMatch, the Web’s most popular volunteer network, today announced it is releasing its volunteer opportunities to outside developers under a Creative Commons license to expand the non-commercial use of its free service.
The move reflects a significant change in strategy for the nonprofit organization as it aims to increase the visibility of volunteer opportunities online and help more nonprofits find the volunteers they need. The VolunteerMatch service supports over 65,000 nonprofits across the country and welcomes millions of interested volunteers every year.
The VolunteerMatch board agreed to the decision this yesterday morning in order to support a White House initiative expected to be announced this week.
"This is a big step for us," said Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch. "But we are excited about the opportunity to adopt new technologies and we know it is the right thing to do."
Since 1998, VolunteerMatch has connected millions of interested volunteers to local nonprofit organizations and catalyzed over $1 billion dollars in social value. Best known for its public Web service, www.volunteermatch.org, the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization pioneered the first national directory of active volunteer opportunities and today is the top search result for "volunteer" on most major search engines.
Opening its database to outside developers will better position the organization to take advantage of emerging trends on the Web making volunteer opportunities more accessible to a new generation of web services including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, said Baldwin.
In addition to announcing the new license, VolunteerMatch is also moving to adopt the use of open XML standards to promote accessibility and improve data quality.
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VolunteerMatch is the Web’s largest and most popular volunteer network, and is committed to strengthening communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. Its award-winning online service, www.volunteermatch.org, helps visitors find local volunteer opportunities by location, interest area, and/or keyword. The VolunteerMatch network welcomed more than 10 million visitors in 2008, including millions of participants in employee volunteer programs, and has become the preferred volunteer recruiting service for more than 65,000 nonprofits.