National volunteering survey open; Volunteering increases employment opportunities

Volunteering Australia’s annual national volunteering survey is now open for feedback. The survey, gathering data from volunteers, organisations with volunteers, and businesses with employe volunteering programs, will help shape Volunteering Australia’s direction and priorities for 2012. The survey results are also important for the third sector as a whole to gain better understanding on how the voluntary sector is fairing in Australia.

This year’s survey emphasis is on  priorities of issues and how to improve the voluntary sector.

The survey is split into three parts for different audiences. We encourage anyone involved in volunteering to complete the survey.

If you are a company with an employee volunteering program:

If you are a volunteer:

If you are a not-for-profit or government organisation:

The survey closes on 6 November 2011. Results will be released on International Volunteers Day on 5 December 2011.

» Click here for more information on the Volunteering Australia website

Volunteering increases employment opportunities

According to new research conducted by professional network LinkedIn, volunteer work is considered equally valuable to paid work experience by hiring managers. Clifford Rosenberg, Managing Director, LinkedIn Australia and New Zealand, says a majority of professionals in Australia have had volunteer experience but perceive it to be separate or irrelevant to their current profession. He says having additional skills from voluntary work can set a person apart. LinkedIn says the survey reinforces volunteer work is a key piece of a person’s professional identity.

The survey comes with the new LinkedIn feature allowing members to add a “Volunteer Experience and Causes” field to their profile.

» Click here to read the full news article on the Pro Bono Australia website

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Thankyou to our own volunteers

Philanthropy Australia would like to thank our own generous volunteers Martine Botha, Deborah Pugh, Patricia Burke and Richard Grant for their expertise, enthusiasm and immense help this year.

Oct. 12, 2011

 Tags: volunteering, research & information, general

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