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January 27, 2015

Aging Volunteer Population a Worry for Minn. Nonprofits

While Minnesota has one of the nation's highest voluntarism rates, its most dedicated and reliable volunteers are seniors, raising concerns among charity leaders seeking ways to draw younger people into steady service, the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes. Experts say that is leaving nonprofits scrambling to replace aging and dying volunteer corps with baby boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials who donate time in different numbers and a different manner than their forebears.

While those shaped by a Great Depression- and World War II-era legacy of sacrifice and loyalty return week after week to serve a particular organization or cause, younger generations want a variety of volunteer experiences that tap their skills and provide a sense of effectiveness and accomplishment, nonprofit officials say. "Everyone is scrambling," Mary Quirk, executive director of the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration, said. "Boomers and millennials are looking for something different from what organizations are providing."