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Survey: Volunteering Has Decreased During Recession

Posted by Zach Maurin on August 27, 2009

A New York Times article by Stephanie Strom discusses a new survey from the National Conference on Citizenship that finds less volunteering and civic activities during the economic recession.

Strom writes:

That finding undercuts anecdotal reports of volunteers’ flooding nonprofit groups as unemployment has increased and suggests the challenges faced by the Obama administration, Congress and foundations working to encourage greater volunteer service and civic participation.

“They’re not saying they’ve stopped volunteering, but they are cutting back on the time spent on volunteering and civic engagement,” said David Smith, executive director of the National Conference on Citizenship, which conducted the survey as part of a study titled America’s Civic Health Index,

The conference has produced the index for the last four years, though it has compiled similar data going back to 1975. Mr. Smith noted that the survey of 3,889 people was done in May, a low point in the economic slide.

What do you think?  If you work at a non-profit, have you seen more or less interest in volunteering over the last eight months?

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