Organizations engaged in virtual volunteering


Just as there is no database of every organization that involves onsite, traditional volunteers, there is no database of every organization that involves online volunteers. It is, in fact, impossible to create such a database, because many organizations engaging volunteers online do not identify as engaging in virtual volunteering.

If you want to write or produce a feature story, blog, webcast or podcast about virtual volunteering - in general, or regarding a particular geographic area (a city, a region, a country), or with regard to a particular angle (environmental groups engaging with online volunteers, organizations focused on helping people in developing countries, etc.), Jayne and Susan, authors of The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook, are happy to help connect you to both appropriate organizations and volunteers to fit the angle of your story. If you would like to interview us, or to ask for advice or background for your story or blog, send an email to jc@coyotecommunications.com. Before writing or producing a story or article about virtual volunteering, we suggest you read these two short pages:
  • Myths about virtual volunteering
  • History of virtual volunteering

If you are someone that wants to volunteer online, please note that there are many thousands of organizations involving online volunteers: agencies right in your city may have a volunteer that manages their Facebook page, a retired HR manager who provides on-call advice to the organization via phone or Skype, or volunteer that moderates their online discussion group. To find organizations involving online volunteers, you can
  • ask organizations that you know involve volunteers, do you involve any volunteers who do some or all of their work for you remotely, using their computer or smart phone from their home, work, university, or some other remote location? Or you can ask regarding your skill set: do you need someone to manage your Facebook page, to build a database for you in --insert name of any database software -- to manage your volunteers, to make your web site accessible for people with disabilities, etc. and, if the organization says yes, apply to volunteer and then do some or all of the work from your home or other offsite location.
  • You can also ask do you involve online volunteers, but many (even most!) organizations may say no because they don't think of their volunteers as online volunteers.
  • look at the organizations posting volunteering opportunities to the United Nations Online Volunteering service (all assignments are for online volunteers)
  • look at the organizations that have marked their assignments as virtual volunteering to VolunteerMatch (however, note that some of these have been mistakenly marked as virtual volunteering and actually require volunteers to come onsite to the organization for the assignment)
  • look at the organizations posting to Nabuur (all assignments are for online volunteers)
  • if you are in Europe, see this list of Online Volunteering-related recruitment or matching web sites and this list of organisations that involve online volunteers in the EU; these lists were compiled in 2013 for a research project by the European Commission, the government of the European Union.
  • have a look at this virtual volunteering LinkedIn group (you must be a member of LinkedIn to join this group; membership is free); there are organizations that involve online volunteers that post to this group regularly.

Here are even more places to find organizations involving online volunteers.