Many professionals today, especially millennials, are looking to make social impact a part of their daily lives by seeking opportunities to donate their time and talents to support causes they’re passionate about. That’s why, in September 2013, LinkedIn announced the ability for members to signal their interest in volunteering or serving on a nonprofit board on their LinkedIn Profiles. Since then, more than 1 million members have indicated their interest. In addition to these million LinkedIn members, another 3 million have shared volunteer experiences and causes they care about to their profile.
These milestones come as National Volunteer Week begins, a tradition established 40 years ago in the U.S. to encourage people to give to their communities and to urge communities to recognize their volunteers.
We are so inspired by this talent pool for good: a million LinkedIn members looking for opportunities to contribute their professional skills to make a positive impact in the world. As you can see in the map below, these members are spread across the world with especially dense concentrations throughout the United States, Europe and India. The pink color represents areas where LinkedIn members have indicated their interest in donating their time and talents, with the darker the color representing more members.
This milestone also opens up a whole new world for nonprofit staff looking for volunteers. To find a professional who is passionate about education, has social media skills AND is interested in skilled volunteering or board service, all they have to do is conduct an Advanced Search on LinkedIn and narrow down by our new Nonprofit Interests checkboxes.
If you are a LinkedIn member who wants to donate your time and talents, update your LinkedIn Profile to indicate your interest and learn more at volunteer.linkedin.com. If you work for a nonprofit that would like to find volunteers or board members on LinkedIn, find out more at nonprofit.linkedin.com.