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About the Fund

The Volunteer IMPACT Fund is a collaborative grantmaking initiative to influence positive community change by helping organizations manage volunteers more effectively, unleashing the power of communities. The Volunteer IMPACT Fund's focus is not on volunteerism as an end, but on impact through effective volunteering to meet human needs and strengthen communities. The Fund will focus on a few transformative strategies - not business as usual - to influence long-term systemic change.

NEW FOR 2008!

Read about our ongoing Capstone Project, an effort to gather the results of the Volunteer IMPACT Fund and release a series of briefs about our findings.

The Volunteer IMPACT Fund is based on the groundbreaking 2004 national volunteer management capacity research conducted by the Urban Institute, and funded by UPS and the Corporation for National and Community Service. That study, Volunteer Management in America's Charities and Congregations, concludes that while most nonprofit organizations are largely aware of the accepted best practices in volunteer management, they generally lack the capacity to implement them.

From Research to Action , a follow-up document commissioned by the National Human Services Assembly and funded by The UPS Foundation, synthesized input from key stakeholders and practitioners and provided a blueprint identifying key themes and strategies for action moving forward.

In 2004, UPS committed up to $1 million to the Volunteer IMPACT Fund, along with resources to help manage it and reach out to other national and local funders. Other funders have already offered support through pooling and co-investing funds, including Capital One Financial, the AT&T Foundation, The Home Depot, Otto Bremer Foundation, Jay and Rose Philips Family Foundation and the United Way of North Central Massachusetts.

To learn more about how the IMPACT Fund can help grant makers advance the results of their giving, and how organizations can leverage resources, please go to the IMPACT Fact Sheet.

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IMPACT was developed
with support from the UPS Foundation.


A Call for Collaborative Action by Our Nation's Communities