give&score brings NONPROFITS and young skilled VOLUNTEERS together to help each other. NONPROFITS get important work done while saving time and resources and VOLUNTEERS gain real work experience and credentials which help them succeed in a competitive job market.
give&score's mission is to connect college graduate-volunteers and nonprofit organizations together, helping nonprofits further their impact and giving volunteers the opportunity to prove their professional competence to employers while simultaneously putting their talents to use toward causes that positively impact the world.
The Great Recession of 2008 took a devastating toll on many people, and thousands are still feeling its effects. Many remain out of work, unable to pay their bills, and struggling to feed their families. In tough times like these, nonprofit organizations have traditionally filled the gap for those in need; but, since the Recession, nonprofits have found themselves more underfunded and understaffed than ever.
The Recession has also had a great effect on recent college graduates, who now face a rising unemployment rate of 8.5%.1 After spending 2-6 years gaining a degree and amassing large amounts of debt, today’s young people enter a highly competitive job market where they either can’t get hired or end up doing jobs that are far below their qualifications. Underemployment among recent graduates reaches almost 20%, which means that nearly 1 in every 5 graduates currently holds a job that does not require a college degree.2
The creators of give&score looked at the needs of college students and nonprofits and saw the potential to help both groups by bringing them together. Volunteers could use their talents for good to help nonprofits complete important professional projects, and in return, nonprofits could help volunteers grow their skills and get hired. Everyone wins.
Inspired by this idea, we set out to build a professional online community where both sides could achieve their goals and reach success.
1. Davis, A., Kimball, W., & Gould, E. (2015, May 27). The class of 2015. Economic Policy Institute.
2. Shierholz, H., Davis, A., & Kimball, W. (2014, May 1). The class of 2014. Economic Policy Institute.