[T]he primary difference between volunteers and non-volunteers, when measuring what they do with their time, is the amount of television they watch. People who do not volunteer watch hundreds of hours of additional TV a year compared to people who do volunteer. It’s not that people don’t have enough time to volunteer. People do not volunteer because nonprofits do not provide them with volunteer opportunities that interest them enough to pull them away from their television sets.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Television's effects on volunteerism
Steve Waldmann, founder of Beliefnet, highlights this quote from a study on ways to improve volunteerism at non-profits in the Stanford Social Innovation Review: