VolunteerMatch to Pilot International Expansion of Corporate Volunteering Network Using TechSoup Global Technology
April 16, 2014 /3BL Media/ - VolunteerMatch, the web's largest volunteer engagement network, and TechSoup Global, the international network that leverages technology to help build the capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), announced today a collaboration to increase social impact across the globe.
These seasoned nonprofit organizations will leverage each other’s strengths in technologies for the greater good. The collaboration enables the growth of VolunteerMatch’s expansive network of U.S.- based nonprofits to include NGOs from around the world by utilizing TechSoup Global’s technology to validate these organizations.
Through TechSoup Global's unparalleled international NGO partner network and its expertise in NGO validation, VolunteerMatch will begin providing volunteer engagement services outside the U.S. for the first time. VolunteerMatch is initially offering the service for its community of corporate clients and will make international listings available to their employees around the world. This pilot project promises to strengthen the global NGO community and amplify the social impact of employee volunteer programs — no matter where they are.
VolunteerMatch is piloting the initiative in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia and is evaluating additional countries and regions.
"Today’s world needs a global solution to connect good people and good causes," said Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch. "To get there, we are going to need to work together with the best. By aligning our strengths, we are breaking new ground and innovating to improve our products and services."
Paul van Haver, TechSoup Global’s vice president of Global Data Services, added: "We are proud to support VolunteerMatch's international expansion. Our global validation service helps NGOs connect with a broad range of resources, and this is one example of how collaboration can help further optimize our offerings for the benefit of the entire sector."
To learn more about VolunteerMatch’s services for volunteers, nonprofits and companies, visit www.volunteermatch.org
VolunteerMatch is the world's largest volunteer engagement network on the Web, with more than 97,000 participating nonprofits, 170 network partners and 10 million annual visitors. Founded in 1998, VolunteerMatch offers solutions to make it easier for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make a difference. Since its launch, VolunteerMatch has helped nonprofits attract more than $5.4 billion worth of volunteer services. VolunteerMatch is a two-time Webby Award winner, a Smithsonian inductee, and has been recognized for its work by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Time, Oprah Winfrey and Presidents Clinton and Bush. To learn more, visit www.volunteermatch.org.
About TechSoup Global
TechSoup Global is an international network of 53 partner NGOs in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. For over 26 years, it has leveraged technology to build NGO capacity towards solving problems in local communities and fostering global social change. TechSoup Global's core competencies include running one of the biggest technology philanthropy programs in the world; providing NGO validation services to funders and corporations; gathering, analyzing, and distributing global social-sector data; and catalyzing community-oriented technology innovations. Today, its global network covers 70 countries and supports 569.000 NGOs with activities resulting in more than $4 billion saved for the sector through 90+ corporate partnerships. To learn more, visit www.techsoupglobal.org.
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