‘The Social Side Of The Internet’: Web Users More Likely To Volunteer, Study Shows

Social Media. Everyone’s talking about it. But how can volunteer organisations use social media to best spread their causes’ message and attract volunteers?

JVN is excited to host the director of RED Foundation (the team behind i-volunteer) at our next volunteer coordinators meeting in early March, who will be speaking on how best to harness the power of social media.

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In the meantime, here’s a short article from the Huffington Post that highlights the relationship between online networking and volunteering.

Internet users are more social than ever, according to a new study, which also shows that online socializing connects to real-life volunteering.

With the rising popularity of social networking websites and smart phones, Americans are using technology to get involved in their communities.

In their recent report, “The Social Side of the Internet,” the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that Internet users — especially social media users — are more likely to belong to volunteer groups than people who haven’t embraced technology.

The report overview states:

80% of internet users participate in groups, compared with 56% of non-internet users. Moreover, social media users are even more likely to be active: 82% of social network users and 85% of Twitter users are group participants.

CNN reports that organizations that were quick to catch on to the power of social media have experienced rapid growth — without turning to traditional outreach methods.

The article uses nonprofit charity: water as an example of this new cost-effective technology-based strategy:

By charity standards, the organization has grown quickly. Charity: water has 25 staff members and regularly creates big buzz thanks to online campaigns, using Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. It doesn’t send direct mailings or street team promoters.

What do you think? Have you seen any organisations that utilise social media well?


Categories: The Third Sector


Hi, I'm Mike, JVN's Youth Co-ordinator and blogger. I'll be blogging about all sorts of issues affecting the volunteering community, with a particular focus on how recent developments might affect the UK Jewish community's volunteers. I'm always interested to read the comments you make. If you have something you want to see in the JVN blog, e-mail me at mike@jvn.org.uk and I'll be happy to talk. And if you're inspired by any of my blogs to volunteer, log on to www.jvn.org.uk and register to find your perfect volunteering opportunity.


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