Today, 6th February 2015, we are thrilled to announce that Do-it will be supporting LinkedIn’s new set of features to help UK charities find and connect with skilled professionals who want to donate their professional expertise.
The Do-it Trust will be providing professional volunteering opportunities from Do-it.org to populate the new system.
The Volunteer Marketplace will put charities in touch with relevant LinkedIn members who have expressed an interest in volunteering. Whilst professionals will now be able to browse thousands of specific, high quality volunteer opportunities that non-profit organisations are seeking to fill.
Dave Amos, Development Director of the Do-it Trust, said:
“We are tremendously excited to be working with LinkedIn to offer yet another way of bringing skilled volunteers to the organisations which need them. As a collaborative organisation we are proud to have added this partnership to those already announced with Third Sector and The Guardian and we hope to work with others in the future to make volunteering a genuinely mainstream activity.”
LinkedIn introduced its Volunteer Marketplace in the US a year ago, since then the number of volunteer positions available on LinkedIn has increased from 500 to more than 30,000.
Over a quarter of a million UK professionals have already signalled an interest in volunteering on their LinkedIn profiles and, with 17 million members across the UK, many more are expected to sign up.
Ariel Eckstein, Managing Director of LinkedIn EMEA, commented:
“Talent is just as critical to the charity sector as it is for businesses, and charities often struggle to find the right fit skilled volunteers and trustees. We have hundreds of thousands of professional members who want to volunteer their skills but, until now, there was no easy way for them to connect with charities through LinkedIn.”
Jamie Ward-Smith, CEO of the Do-it Trust, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for small, community groups and regional charities to find the skills that they need in these challenging times, by publicising their opportunities for free on the world’s biggest professional networking site.”