For a non-profit organization, there is nothing more valuable than your volunteers. They have a significant impact on the organizations ability to execute plans and strategies. Unfortunately, the number of people regularly volunteering has been decreasing. According to a 2015 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24.9% of the U.S. population over the age of 16 volunteered at least once in the last year. In 2011, this percentage was 26.8, and in 2005 it was 28.8%.
This decline has caused many organizations to become more desperate because volunteers are such a key piece to raising money for your non-profit. However, there is hope. And it may be found in the millennial generation and their innate desire to do good in the world.