According to data published by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)*, volunteerism rates in the Cincinnati region have decreased by 4.3% over the last five years. This is significantly higher than the national average (1.9%) and equates to as much as $150M in lost resources for our regional nonprofit organizations.
Among our peer cities, we are almost alone in this loss. While our volunteerism rates have decreased, 4 out 5 peer cities have significantly increased. Since 2011, our volunteer-rate ranking among large U.S. cities has dropped from #13 in the nation to #28, while Cleveland did the opposite and jumped impressively from #29 to#13.
The economic consequences of these regional trends are disturbing enough, not to mention the loss of overall benefits that a culture of volunteerism brings toward a kinder and more just community.
We are directly addressing this volunteerism gap through our registry platform and we are partnering with local nonprofits and nonprofit supporters to explore the potential reasons for this gap within our regional ecosystem. We are committed to understanding what these numbers mean and how they affect our local organizations, communities and neighbors.
*Source: City Rankings by Volunteer Rate. (n.d.). Retrieved June 28, 2017, from https://www.nationalservice.gov/vcla/city-rankings-volunteer-rate