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YourCause Enhances Existing Volunteer Platform, Adds Skills-Based Volunteering to CSRconnect
New volunteering feature allows users to establish a skill profile, and create/search volunteer opportunities with specific skills.
The skills-based volunteer tracking and reporting feature includes:
• Industry accepted 20 category high-level skills taxonomy
• 216 specific skills for users to add to their skills profile
• Matching volunteer events based on a user’s location and skills posted
• Logging specific skills to a user’s (or team’s) volunteer event
• Search capabilities based on users interested skills
• Posting volunteer events seeking necessary skills
• Reporting based on skills, level of expertise and participation rates
“As skills-based volunteering continues to attract more attention and relevance, we hope to play an active role in innovating and developing capabilities that best facilitate skills-based volunteering,”
With the increase in demand by companies seeking to initiate SBV programs, it is a key element to improve business and employee performance, community impact, nonprofit connectivity, and overall corporate reputation.
Almost 8.1 billion hours were volunteered by Americans in 2011, according to Volunteers of America. Though, the same number of hours devoted to skills-based volunteerism can generate over 500% the value of traditional volunteerism (True Impact, LLC, 2012 Volunteerism ROI Tracker). Leveraging SBV programs is one example of how corporate volunteerism is gradually changing and uniquely addressing community impact in a new way of volunteering.
In the near future, YourCause plans to build a feature that will add pro-bono volunteering included with skills-based, offering users the ability to contribute their expertise to nonprofit organizations.
YourCause provides companies the CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform, which is a dynamic online community tool to consolidate core programming that elevates limited communications, increases participation and truly measures success through comprehensive real-time reporting. The fully-hosted and managed platform contains flexible choices of modules for programs such as employee giving, volunteer, disaster relief, grant management, payroll deductions and more.
The value of CSRconnect is in technology, partnership, flexibility and a fun team to work with. YourCause works towards continually growing their product to be more effective and efficient to make the most of developing global good.