LinkedIn is broadening the scope of its business-focused social network to include volunteering and philanthropic work. The Volunteer Marketplace, spotted by TechCrunch, is a new part of the site where LinkedIn members can find new opportunities to work with charitable organizations.
Many people use their LinkedIn account as an online resume, explaining where they’ve worked and studied. LinkedIn has built on this idea with endorsements and references, as well as a volunteer and causes section where users can list the charities and movements they support. Users can also indicate on their profile that they would like to serve on a nonprofit board or do some volunteering.
Once a user matches up with a nonprofit through the Volunteer Marketplace, the idea is that this work will then feed back in to their profile page. This not only reflects well for users with prospective employers, but should also help to marry volunteers with nonprofits. Hundreds of opportunities are currently listed on the forum, although LinkedIn says it will host thousands “eventually”.
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