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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Americans Devote 8.1 Billion Hours to Volunteering in 2010Volunteers provide a powerful economic and social benefit to communities across the nation, with 62.8 million adults serving almost 8.1 billion hours through organizations in 2010, according to research ... August 9, 2011 press release
What does “social giving” look like?This infographic from Blackbaud illustrates what the “social giving ecosystem” looks like, thanks to the emergence of technology and social media. May 20, 2011 blog
Indicator 4: VolunteeringPennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
Indicator 6 and 7: Gave Time or Money to a Political Candidate, or Made a Contribution of $25 or morePennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
Indicator 13: Belong to At Least One GroupPennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
’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
USA Today Citizen involvement helps build sense of communityUSA Today December 8, 2010 news
Formal Forms of Participation: Volunteering and PhilanthropyIllinois Civic Health Index 2010 December 2, 2010 civic health index
Formal Forms of Participation: Group MembershipIllinois Civic Health Index 2010 December 2, 2010 civic health index
Formal Forms of Participation: LeadershipIllinois Civic Health Index 2010 December 2, 2010 civic health index
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Giving & Volunteering Discussions and Commentary

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Discussion: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy?6 Hypotheses on the Link Between Civic Health and UnemploymentResearch shows a connection between civic health and a community’s ability to weather a recession. We’ve posited 6 hypotheses about why this connection exists, and invite you to join in a discussion. February 16, 2012 discussion
Mandatory service for the unemployed? Discuss.A recent, hotly debated proposed law in Georgia would require out-of-work residents to perform at least 24 hours of community service with a nonprofit in order to receive unemployment benefits. Supporters ... December 15, 2011 discussion
Heart of the NationAn interview with John BridgelandJohn Bridgeland is the CEO of Civic Enterprises and former Assistant to President George W. Bush, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Director of USA Freedom Corps. He chairs NCoC’s ... November 14, 2011 discussion
When addressing public problems, is our goal always building consensus or finding common ground? Should it be?A Civic Connector Commentary by Bobbi SiltenThe “Civic Connector” is a daily online forum during the 66th Annual National Conference on Citizenship. The September 20 commentator is Bobbi Silten, Chief Foundation Officer of Gap Inc. and ... September 20, 2011 discussion
’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
Giving thanks to communities on ThanksgivingThanksgiving is more than just turkey and football and holiday shopping. We think of today's holiday to be a family affair, first celebrate between the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians. The ... November 22, 2010 discussion
New Generation Of Veterans Gains Strength And Support From One AnotherLove for country, service and sacrifice are certainly at the heart of military service, and the 2010 Civic Health Assessment found that veterans are more likely to be involved in their community than ... November 4, 2010 discussion
Is Journalism an Act of Service?Rick Stengel remarked in his NCoC speech last month in Washington, DC that “journalism itself is an actual act of service…In a democracy you need a robust exchange of ideas.” If ... October 19, 2010 discussion
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
Is Corporate Philanthropy the same as stealing?In a Wall Street Journal opinion article, Philosopher Jamie Whyte equates corporate philanthropy to theft. He outlines the implications corporate philanthropy has on shareholders, who are not guaranteed ... July 23, 2010 discussion
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Giving & Volunteering Solutions