Linkedin Partners with VolunteerMatch to Power New Volunteer Marketplace

Jan 21, 2014 9:00 AM ET

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LinkedIn, long the dominant social network for exploring job opportunities, wants to become a go-to source for volunteer work as well. Today the company launched a new Volunteer Marketplace to connect nonprofits with professionals seeking to serve as board members or do pro bono work.

The new portal, which is launching with 500 volunteer and board opportunities, aims to make it easier for LinkedIn members to find ways to apply their skills outside the workplace. The company says more than 3 million members now list volunteer experience on their profiles and 600,000 have indicated that they are seeking opportunities to do volunteer work or serve on a board.

“Volunteering is a great way to acquire new skills, to network, to use it as a stepping stone either into a new career or back into the workplace,” says Meg Garlinghouse, head of Linkedin for Good. “We think this a great opportunity to serve people in an inspiring way that maps to what we know about their skills and experience.”

The company is working with several volunteer-focused web services such as Taproot, VolunteerMatch and Catchafire to find relevant skills-based volunteer opportunities....

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