LinkedIn announces ‘Volunteer Marketplace’ to connect professionals with nonprofits

LinkedIn recently announced in a blog post, the launch of ‘Volunteer Marketplace’ which aims to connect professionals with the non profits. The idea came live after assessing the fact that many of the site’s members aren’t actively looking for traditional job opportunities. Instead, they want to hone or leverage their skills while also making a positive impact on the world.

The platform will help mainly students, retired professionals and stay-at-home parents seek ways to continue to leverage their skills and experience. The working professionals looking to add beyond what their primary vocation provides can also leverage opportunities from this platform.

Though, the initiative caters to availability of unpaid work, posting on the marketplace is not free. The service can be availed in three packages, viz. 30 days, 5 job pack or 10 job pack.

“Yes, we are charging a nominal fee to help with quality and fraud control when you post. We are investing all revenue directly back to the nonprofit sector, to increase the liquidity of the postings”, said a company spokesperson.

The company is currently partnered with nonprofit organizations such as Catchafire, Taproot Foundation, BoardSource and VolunteerMatch.

To date, more than three million LinkedIn members have added the Volunteer and Causes section to their profile. While, over the last six months alone, more than 600,000 have signaled they would like to serve on a board or do skill-based volunteering.

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