For professionals looking to do volunteer work, finding a nonprofit that's seeking help can sometimes be a difficult task.
To help those in the business community find opportunities, social networking site LinkedIn has launched a volunteer marketplace. The LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace offers members the ability to browse hundreds — and, eventually, thousands — of specific, high-quality volunteer opportunities that nonprofits are seeking to fill. The marketplace also gives nonprofits a way to discover the members who have expressed interest in volunteering.
"By providing opportunities for all these different kinds of LinkedIn members, we aim to help the social sector by doing what we do best as a company: connecting talent with opportunity at massive scale," Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn's co-founder, wrote on the company's blog. [How to Get Your Employees to Volunteer]
To ensure that the volunteer opportunities offered are high-quality, LinkedIn is partnering with some of the most trusted volunteer organizations, including Catchafire, Taproot Foundation, BoardSource and VolunteerMatch.
Hoffman said LinkedIn members have expressed a clear interest in finding volunteer opportunities. Over the last six months, he said, more than 600,000 members have signaled they would like to serve on a board or do skill-based volunteering.
In addition to helping the community, volunteering is also a great way for professionals to hone their existing skills, develop new professional skills and network with like-minded colleagues, Hoffman said. A recent LinkedIn survey found that 42 percent of hiring managers stated they consider volunteer work equivalent to full-time work experience, while 20 percent said they had hired someone because of their volunteer experience.
"The challenge is that nonprofits and professionals don't know how to easily find each other," Hoffman wrote. "LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace aims to solve that problem."
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.