VolunteerMatch and Idealist Join Forces to Promote Access to Volunteering in More Communities

Jun 8, 2020 9:00 AM ET
Press Release

OAKLAND, Calif., June 8, 2020 /3BL Media/ - VolunteerMatch, the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, and Idealist, the number one resource for helping people connect to jobs and internships with nonprofit organizations, today announce a partnership enabling Idealist to make tens of thousands of volunteering opportunities from the VolunteerMatch database available to members of its own community through its website and mobile apps.

As VolunteerMatch continues its investment in building the digital backbone of volunteering in America, partners like Idealist provide a case-study example in demonstrating how open and accessible networks have the power to bring communities together to address critical societal challenges.

“Our driving goal at VolunteerMatch is to empower community organizations to get the volunteer support they need and to mobilize as many people as possible towards volunteering their time and skills to causes that are important to them and to their communities,” says Laura Plato, Chief Solutions Officer at VolunteerMatch. “Partnering with Idealist gives us the opportunity to not only help Idealist achieve their goals of effecting positive and lasting change, but allows VolunteerMatch to make its comprehensive network of volunteering opportunities with reputable nonprofit organizations more widely available and accessible.”

By making use of the VolunteerMatch Open Network API, Idealist benefits from a turn-key solution to significantly bolstering its national directory of volunteering opportunities. As a result, Idealist is able to provide its own community of action-takers with a more robust and diversified catalog of both local and virtual, skills-based opportunities with thousands of vetted nonprofit organizations across the country.

According to Idealist Founder & Executive Director Ami Dar, “We are thrilled to partner with VolunteerMatch. We have always admired their work, and by combining and leveraging our resources we’ll be able to reach and serve many more people and organizations.”

To learn more about how to make the VolunteerMatch network of organizations and volunteering opportunities available to your community, please visit solutions.volunteermatch.org.


About VolunteerMatch
VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have the chance to make a difference. As the web's largest volunteer engagement network, serving over 120,000 participating nonprofits, 150 network partners, and 13 million annual visitors, VolunteerMatch offers unique, award-winning solutions for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make this vision a reality. Since its launch in 1998, VolunteerMatch has helped the social sector attract more than $12 billion worth of volunteer services. Learn more about VolunteerMatch at VolunteerMatch.org, and follow @VolunteerMatch on social media.

About Idealist
Idealist was founded by Ami Dar in 1996 with the mission to connect people who want to do good with opportunities for action. More than 135,000 nonprofit organizations now use Idealist to connect with more than 1 million people who seek jobs in the nonprofit sector. Idealist has also organized more than 250 graduate-school fairs over the years, built a grad-school directory and, recently, launched Volunteer+, a new tool on its website that aggregates volunteerism and other action opportunities in the nonprofit sector. To further connect people, Idealist has a social network for good on iOS, Mutual Aid Groups, and Idealist Days, which are monthly days of action. Visit idealist.org for more and look for @idealist on social media.

Ben Chutz
Vice President, Business Development & Marketing