Nonprofits can boast the benefits of volunteering to local firms

June 28, 2013

Nonprofits can boast the benefits of volunteering to local firms

Many nonprofits make an effort to partner with businesses in their community to help spread their message and receive support during events and fundraising opportunities. Another way organizations can benefit from teaming up with companies in their city is the fact that staff members can volunteer with the nonprofit a few times per year instead of going into work on those days.

Volunteering is good for the mind and body
Relationships between business and nonprofits has proved to be mutually beneficial as recent research from UnitedHealth Group, a diversified health and wellbeing company, found 76 percent of U.S. adults who are active volunteers reported being physically healthier, while 78 percent said they experience reduced stress. Organizations can present these statistics when looking for local businesses to engage and form lasting partnerships with.

"These findings show that the benefits of volunteering help strengthen communities and have real, measurable health benefits for the people who volunteer," said Kate Rubin, vice president of social responsibility at the UnitedHealth Group. "Employers enjoy the benefits of physically and mentally healthier employees; those that support volunteering programs in the workplace see added benefits that drive directly to their bottom line."

Business owners can build stronger teams
Decision-makers at nonprofits know just how powerful volunteering can be for businesses. Not only do these opportunities allow employees to get a day away from the office to take part in a philanthropic efforts, but they also enable people at the company to work together on something other than their daily tasks.

"Volunteering builds health outside traditional clinical settings by engaging people in activities that strengthen communities and personal health at the same time – a win-win for everyone," said Dr. Carol Simon, director of the Optum Institute.

While companies may not have a lot of time to allow their staff members to step outside the office and volunteer, helping out others is a great chance to improve employee engagement. According to an article for the Harvard Business Review Blog Network, companies can use the prospect of more volunteer hours to motivate employees. For example, top performers can be given extra days away from the office to contribute at a local nonprofit. These experiences can leave members of the workforce feeling refreshed and ready to get back to flourish in their roles.

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