More successful employee volunteering

Sector umbrella body NCVO has published the results of research into employer-supported volunteering, undertaken with personnel professionals body CIPD*. Launched jointly on 23rd November, the report calls for companies to collaborate with charities and make successful corporate volunteering a reality.

NCVO’s press release says:

The research found a lack of understanding between charities and companies about the costs and benefits involved in ESV, with some companies unwilling to contribute to the costs involved in hosting volunteers. Similarly, some of the businesses interviewed reported that charities often overlooked the additional benefits of a one-off placement, including the potential of sponsorship or support from the company in the future.

The research highlights the significant gaps in employer knowledge about volunteering, and explores assumptions made by each sector that risk undermining the potential of volunteering initiatives.

A CIPD survey found that some 65 per cent of respondents prefer to work for organisations that support volunteering.

Download the research report ‘On the brink of a gamechanger? Building sustainable partnerships between companies and voluntary organisations’ (19 page pdf, 1.2MB) via NCVO press release, or from CIPD publication page.

For a background article, read ‘Unlocking the potential – research on employer supported volunteering‘ by a senior research officer at NCVO’s Institute for Volunteering Research.


* The research was commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and conducted by NCVO’s Institute for Volunteering Research.