MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN: Idealist.org connects individuals with nonprofits who share common interests

Idealist.orgIdealism is a quality that many people who work for or volunteer with nonprofits possess in abundance. And nonprofits can always use the help and support of dedicated volunteers and staff.

This is certainly true in the conflict resolution field. Newly trained mediators and experienced practitioners look for opportunities to put their idealism and dedication to use, and nonprofit dispute resolution organizations and community mediation programs can benefit from the energy that new employees, interns, and volunteers can bring.

But sometimes people and nonprofits need help finding each other.

And that’s where a web site like Idealist.org comes in. Idealist.org helps match up individuals with nonprofit organizations.

According to its mission statement, Idealist.org

…connects people, organizations and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives…Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.

Individuals can sign up at no cost with “My Idealist” to receive emails about volunteer opportunities, job postings, internships, or upcoming events that match their interests. The web site is fully searchable, making it user-friendly for visitors to Idealist.org. I tested the search feature by entering the word “mediation” and turned up with a listing of 135 organizations, 23 volunteer opportunities, 19 job postings, and 5 internships.

Nonprofits and community organizations can sign up for free with Idealist.org to post information about upcoming programs, projects, events, initiatives, volunteer or internship opportunities. For a $50 fee, nonprofits can list a job posting on the web site as well.

Idealist.org also provides versions of its web site for speakers of French and Spanish.

Additional resources include Tools for Nonprofits to help nonprofits make the most of Idealist.org, and a special section for teachers interested in helping students initiate volunteer projects within their schools.

For more information or to register, visit Idealist.org.

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