Busy people, such as working adults, are among the most reliable sources of volunteers.
Yet many in the not-for-profit sector think widespread unemployment has contributed to an overall uptick in volunteering.
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University recently landed a $100,000 research grant that may help sort out this paradoxical topic.
“This research will provide new insights into the personal and national circumstances that cause volunteering rates to rise or fall,” said Una Osili, director of research at the Center on Philanthropy.
The center will use the grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Science Foundation to add questions about volunteering to its ongoing survey of 9,150 households about charitable giving habits.