There More To Giving Than Huge Sums Of Money
December 18, 2014 — Mike Corbin, Network Indiana — An Indiana-based expert says philanthropy isn‘t confined to donating lots of money.
Dr. Sara Konrath is assistant professor at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Konrath says that $173 billion of annual service is contributed by volunteers every year. This follows the Corporation for National and Community Service‘s latest report that ranks Indiana 23rd among states when it comes to volunteerism.
Utah, Idaho, Minnesota, Kansas and Wisconsin are the top five volunteering states. The report says 62.5 million Americans volunteered for nearly 7.7 billion hours this year. However, that‘s down slightly from 64.5 million Americans who volunteered nearly 7.9 billion hours last year.
Konrath says volunteers often help keep not-for-profit organizations in business. She says anyone can volunteer and the best volunteers make those who tap into their personal passion and values. She says in addition to helping others, volunteering boosts one‘s outlook on life.