Giving and Volunteering

Service to community and to others are critical ways individuals give back to community. Acts of service including formal volunteering through and organization, and less formal ways of helping others, such as working with neighbors to fix a community problem. Another way many people choose to give back is through charitable giving and philanthropy.

NCoC believes to address community issues and challenges in any area, research must be collected, discussion must occur, and solutions must be proposed. Here, you can see research, discussion, and solutions associated with giving and volunteering. This is meant to help explain and animate that focus area, as well as facilitate the process of moving from information to action within it.
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Giving & Volunteering Research

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Signs of HopeAmong all of our indicators of civic health, only a few show signs of civic re-engagement. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
A 9/11 Effect?Signs of HopeMany believed that September 11 would spark the nation into a sense of community that had deteriorated over the last three decades. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Political Activity And Expression Are RisingSigns of HopePrivate volunteerism is dwarfed by public spending in areas that affect critically the character and provision of important needs. However, government works better and leaders are held more accountable ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Community Falling, Politics Rising Signs of Civic DeclineCommunity connectedness has declined consistently and almost relentlessly since the 1970s. However, since the late 1990s participation in political activities and expression of political views have increased. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Signs of Civic StabilityWhile most indicators of our civic health show decline, charitable giving has remained steady over the last 30 years. Volunteering among adults has remained steady in the past two years at 28.8% of the ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Appendix I.1: Connecting to Civic and Religious GroupsThe IndicatorsThis category comprises five indicators. All the components have declined with the exception of monthly attendance at religious services (shown separately below). Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Giving and Volunteering Appendix I.4: Giving and VolunteeringThe IndicatorsOver the long term, the rates of giving and volunteering have been remarkably stable. Americans always seem to give roughly two percent of their after-tax income to philanthropy. The DDB’s measure ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Main Trends in Civic Engagement are DownAll available data, however, point to a decline after 2003. Sep 17th, 2007 civic health index
Our Civic CoreWe believe that most of the forms of engagement measured in the Civic Health Index should be common practices among the people. For example, virtually everyone in a democracy should vote, follow the news, ... Sep 17th, 2007 civic health index
Deliberating41 Million Engaged with Diverse GroupsWe define public deliberation as talking civilly and constructively with others who have diverse views about important issues. It is a crucial complement to voting, volunteering, and activism, because ... Sep 17th, 2007 civic health index
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Giving & Volunteering Discussions and Commentary

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’Tis The Season For Solicitationsby Karlo MarceloTechnology and online engagement provide easy access and low cost ways for nonprofits to solicit donations. Mobile apps, celebrity campaigns, and bell ringers have all tried to capitalize on technology ... December 20, 2010 discussion
9/11 Day of Service and RememberanceTwelve years ago, tragedy struck our nation. How did Americans respond? We rallied like never before, supporting emergency responders, lending our neighbors a helping hand, and answering calls to service. ... September 10, 2013
All Volunteer ForceCivic Lives of Our Newest Generation of Veterans“All Volunteer Force: From Military to Civilian Service,” a report written by Civic Enterprises, and underwritten by Target and the Case Foundation, finds that the overwhelming majority of ... November 11, 2009 publication
AmeriCorps Week events celebrate national serviceThe 2010 AmeriCorps Week is being celebrated May 8-15, to spotlight the vital work done by AmeriCorps members in communities since the national service program began 16 years ago. Since 1994, there are ... May 6, 2010 discussion
Because You Do the Things You DoA guest blog post by Diana Aviv, President and CEO of Independent SectorWhat is the economic value of an hour of volunteer time? While those who volunteer are, by definition, not in it for the money, attaching a monetary worth to the effort helps us put in perspective the ... April 2, 2013
Stock Market Can Service Save the Economy?It’s no secret that our economy is in deep trouble and that various options for its rescue and resuscitation have been a topic of strenuous debate for months. Banks and the auto industry have received ... January 28, 2009 discussion
CECP Releases Giving in Numbers: 2012 EditionCECP’s Director Margaret Coady answers our questions on their latest reportThe Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) is an international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons focused exclusively on corporate philanthropy. We interviewed CECP Director Margaret ... November 13, 2012
Citizenship for the 21st Centuryby Stanley Litow, IBMThe ideals of citizenship and volunteerism were deeply embedded in America’s founding documents, and recent legislation, public initiatives, and corporate investment have given these values renewed ... October 6, 2010 discussion
Serving Food CNCS Releases “Volunteering in America” reportFrom the passage of the Serve America Act and the launch of United We Serve to the recent National Conference in San Francisco, it has been an exciting few months for service and volunteering. Keeping ... July 28, 2009 discussion
Woman at Capitol Congress Passes Historic Civic Engagement LegislationOn March 31, Congress passed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a legislative initiative to expand and improve service opportunities for all Americans, harness social innovation toward public good, ... April 1, 2009 discussion
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Giving & Volunteering Solutions