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In late 2009 Jen Pahlka came to meet with us about a novel idea to encourage technology experts to commit a year of service to communities in need of new solutions. We were so compelled by the idea that we committed on the spot to help turn it into a reality. And now, more than a year later we...
As Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service approaches, it has us reflecting on Dr. King’s famous words “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” This year marks the 25th anniversary of MLK Day and thousands of organizations and individuals across the...
by Jessica Kirkwood
Millions of Americans have the day off on Monday, January 17, and many will spend the day volunteering as a way to pay tribute to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It seems only fitting that we honor him by serving others as he so served our nation. However, this year, there’s an...
Karen Bantuveris is asked WhatGives?! with VolunteerSpot.com, the site and tools she created to help with the process of organizing volunteers. She talks about her motivations, target users, and some of the benefits non-profits have reported since starting using VolunteerSpot.
by Marijane Miller
This post was originally published on WhatGives?! As the last school break before 2011 comes to an end, homeroom parents, scout leaders, and other event organizers are gearing up to get organized for the second half of the school year. That usually means lots of sign up sheets and phone trees and,...
by Emily Yu
What do you do when you have a surefire idea, one that you know will be successful? For some, the next step might be starting an organization or supporting someone else's efforts to turn that idea into a reality. But then what? Do you keep the organization going as is, hand it off to someone else...
It's that time again, when we approach the close of the year and look back to reflect on all that's happened over the past year. On our blogs, we've written about a lot of topics in 2010 from new technologies to nonprofit jobs to entrepreneurship, and everything in between. As we look back at 2010...
For the last eleven years, we at the Case Foundation have been a proud sponsor of City Year Washington, DC (CYDC). City Year is leading the way using service as a solution to national problems while uniting young people for a full-time year of service to improve schools and communities across...
Fellows Friday is a weekly series on the TED Blog that profiles one TED Fellow each week. We have asked the Fellows to answer our question below to share their knowledge and advice with other social entrepreneurs, innovators, and changemakers who are coming up with big ideas that can change the...
Have you seen the latest big Youtube holiday flash mob video? On November 13th, shoppers in Ontario got quite a surprise in a mall food court with a Christmas Flash Mob. The Youtube video already has close to 8 million views online! It's the first video listed below. As Josh explained his post...
5 Fast Facts
- Volunteers gave more than 8.1 billion hours, worth an estimated $169 billion
- Women volunteered at higher rates than men and working mothers have the highest volunteer rates.
- In 2008 and 2009 nearly 60% of citizens reached out to help their neighbors at least once a month, and 1 in 6 do so almost every day.
- 89% of Americans site they sit down to dinner with members of their households several times each week. Nearly 3 in 4 discuss political affairs with their families and friends at least once a month
- 63.4 million Americans volunteered in 2009, a jump of 1.6 million over 2008 (and the biggest spike in volunteering since 2003).