March 25, 2019
Value of a Volunteer in Mass. Is Highest among the 50 States

April 30, 2018 — The value of an hour of a volunteer's time in Massachusetts rose 4.3% last year to $31.77, making it the highest among the 50 states, according to a newly released analysis.

According to Independent Sector, a national leadership forum that represents thousands of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs, the value of volunteer time is higher only in Washington, D.C. ($39.45 an hour), an increase of less than 1% from the year before.

Nationally, volunteer time last year was pegged at $24.69 an hour, up 2.3% from the year before.

Among the other New England states, volunteer time ranks highest in Connecticut, at $30.24 per hour, and lowest in Maine, at $22.53 per hour.

The numbers were released in connection with National Volunteer Week, which was held April 15-21.

“In a time where individuals and groups in civil society must be increasingly thoughtful about how we use resources to serve our communities, Americans continue to demonstrate an inspiring and savvy commitment to collective, voluntary action on behalf of others,” said Dan Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector. “We know that giving of our time, talent, and effort has an outsized effect in moving the needle for good, and the value of volunteer time is just one small, concrete way of representing that impact.”

In contract to prior years, Independent Sector did not provide state-by-state trends, including who volunteers and how much.

However, according to a report published by NonProfit Times:
  • Women (27.8%) are more likely to volunteer than men (21.8%)
  • Caucasians (26.4%) are more likely to volunteer than African Americans (19.3%), Asian Americans (17.9%), and Latino Americans (15.5%)
  • Employed individuals (27%) are more likely to volunteer than those who are unemployed (23.3%) or outside the labor force (21.4%)
  • People who a bachelor’s degree (38.8%) are more likely to volunteer than a person with some college experience or an associate degree (26.5%), a high school diploma (15.6%), or no high school diploma (8.1%).
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