The Rising Value of Volunteerism: GivePulse for Maximizing Impact

In a world where time is often equated with money, the value of volunteerism cannot be overstated. Recently, a study conducted by the Independent Sector and the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland revealed a significant increase in the economic value of volunteer work. As of 2023, the value of a volunteer hour has risen by 5.3%, reaching an impressive $33.49 per hour. This increase highlights the growing recognition of the crucial role volunteers play in our communities and the economy. Today, we’ll explore the importance of this development and show how GivePulse can help organizations harness this value to drive positive change.

Understanding the Economic Impact of Volunteerism

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many nonprofits and community initiatives. They offer their time, skills, and passion to support causes that make a difference. The recent valuation of $33.49 per hour underscores the significant economic impact of volunteers. This figure isn't just a number; it represents the tangible benefits volunteers bring to organizations, from cost savings to enhanced community engagement and service delivery.

Why Does This Increase Matter?

  1. Resource Allocation: Knowing the economic value of volunteer hours helps organizations better allocate their resources. It enables them to identify the economic impact of volunteers' contributions in financial terms, making it easier to justify budgets and funding requests.

  2. Strategic Planning: Understanding the monetary value of volunteer time aids in strategic planning and decision-making. Organizations can prioritize volunteer-led initiatives that deliver high returns on investment.

  3. Volunteer Appreciation: Recognizing the increased value of volunteer time can boost volunteer appreciation and retention. When volunteers know their time is highly valued, they are more likely to stay committed and engaged.

Leveraging GivePulse for Enhanced Volunteer Management

GivePulse is a comprehensive platform designed to streamline volunteer management. It makes it easier for organizations to track, manage, and report on volunteer activities and even track the economic value of volunteer time. With the recent increase in the value of volunteer hours, GivePulse’s capabilities are more relevant than ever.

Updating the Economic Value of Volunteer Hours on GivePulse

One of the key features of GivePulse is its ability to track the economic value of volunteer hours at both the organizational and subgroup levels. Here’s how you can leverage this feature to maximize the impact of your volunteer programs:

  1. Customizing Volunteer Value: On GivePulse, organizations are able to update the economic value of volunteer hours to reflect the latest figures. This customization ensures that all volunteer activities are accurately valued in financial reports. Check out the economic value of a volunteer in your state..

  2. Subgroup-Level Tracking: Recognizing special skill sets and training of volunteers may result in a higher economic value for a general volunteer. Because of this, GivePulse allows organizations to track their economic value at the subgroup level. This means that you can see the impact of specific programs, specialized volunteers, departments, or events, providing detailed insights into where volunteer efforts are most effective.

  3. Data-Driven Decisions: By updating and tracking the economic value of volunteer hours, organizations can make data-driven decisions. This includes identifying which programs to expand, where to allocate more resources, and how to better recognize and reward volunteers.

  4. Enhanced Reporting: Accurate valuation of volunteer hours enables more comprehensive and compelling reporting to stakeholders, including funders, board members, and the community. This transparency can help build trust and secure additional support.

Maximizing Volunteer Impact with GivePulse

To fully leverage the benefits of the increased value of volunteer hours, organizations should consider the following steps:

  1. Regular Updates: Ensure the economic value of volunteer hours is regularly updated on GivePulse to reflect current standards. This keeps your data accurate and relevant.

  2. Training and Support: Provide training for staff and volunteers on how to use GivePulse effectively. This ensures everyone understands the platform’s features and how to maximize its potential.

  3. Recognition Programs: Use the data from GivePulse to develop recognition programs that celebrate the contributions of volunteers. Highlighting the economic impact of their work can be a powerful motivator.

  4. Community Engagement: Share the impact reports generated from GivePulse with your community. Showcasing the economic value of volunteer contributions can inspire more people to get involved and support your cause.


The increase in the value of a volunteer hour to $33.49 is a testament to the significant impact volunteers have on our society. By leveraging GivePulse, organizations can accurately track and maximize this value, ensuring that every volunteer hour is recognized and utilized to its fullest potential. Embrace this opportunity to enhance your volunteer programs, drive greater impact, and build a stronger, more engaged community.

With GivePulse, you have the power to amplify the economic value of volunteerism. Let’s make every hour count.


About GivePulse

GivePulse's mission is to enable everyone in the world to participate and engage in lifting their community to new heights. We do so by providing a platform to list, find, organize and measure the impact of service-learning, community engagement, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility and volunteerism.

Founded in 2012 in Austin, Texas, GivePulse works with 650,000+ groups, including colleges and universities, nonprofits, businesses, K-12/school districts and cities and municipalities. Together, we connect millions of people in a,n effort to create positive social change.

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