My startup, Vollie, has a 50% gender split across the founding members. Whilst my business partner Matt is certainly the more outwardly vocal advocate for our online skills-based volunteering platform, it’s me who is in the trenches as the head of operations making sure that every time Matty creates the opportunity, I’m working behind the

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If you’re the type of manager who treats CSR as a “just another box to tick”, then grab a mirror and take a hard look at yourself, because you are doing a disservice to your company. Corporate Social Responsibility is, like all corporate agendas, something that when done right results in a more sustainable and

At certain points in my life, I have had this niggling thought at the back of my mind that has asked me, “what have you done lately to make an impact on this world?”. If the answer has been “not enough”, then it is during those times that I have looked in desperation for a

“I have a strong opinion that the sooner we can have people addressing social issues through financially profitable businesses, the better. Unfortunately, we live in a world with increasing costs of addressing social issues and if we need to continue relying on donor dollars to address them, it’s going to take us longer to achieve

Volunteering is one of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions that finds its way onto lists each year, but with only 8% of individuals reported to succeed at their resolutions, we think that bucking the trend this year is going to be a little easier thanks to Vollie. As an online volunteering platform, our current

While individual cases may vary, the statistics don’t lie: NFPs in Australia are, in general, making more money than they need. With an average surplus of more than $1 million each year, the largest 5% of charities are receiving 80% of the entire non-profit sector’s $122 billion annual income. NFP Size Annual Mean Income Per NFP

I can hear it now, the collective sigh of relief that is echoing around Australia as hundreds of thousands of us work that little bit less and substantially increase our alcohol intake at one of several Christmas parties. We give our colleagues pats on the back for jobs well done, we give our family members

Volunteering in The Sharing Economy

The Australian economy has, at last estimate, benefited from an average input of $14.6 billion in unpaid volunteer labour each year for the past few years. To put that into perspective, SpaceX is currently worth about $12 billion; the volunteering power that Australians are now generating is notionally worth more than the company that is

A few months ago, we caught up with Nell from Wild Paws Wildlife Shelter, a member of the Vollie family, to check out how she’s making positive changes to her world. Needless to say, Nell is an incredible human being and at 24, we’re confident she’s only going to continue being a conduit of incredible

Millennials Don’t Volunteer

According to Australian census data, only 30% of millennials have undertaken voluntary work in the past 12 months. Meanwhile, the property-hoarding Baby Boomer and GenX parents are leading the charge of goodwill, with more than 40% of them donating their time. So, for a generation that is so passionate, so ethical, and so driven by

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