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Can organizations keep up with the changing volunteer force?

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Book Buddies volunteer Emily McPhillips reads with a first grader.
Book Buddies volunteer Emily McPhillips reads with a St. Paul Music Academy first grader on Jan. 24, 2019.
Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News

Minnesota leads the nation in volunteerism. Over 45 percent of Minnesotans volunteered in 2018, placing the state behind only Utah in the national rankings.

While that sounds like a reliable volunteer force for Minnesota nonprofits, the people donating their time are changing and want different experiences than volunteers of the past.

MPR News' Angela Davis spoke with three guests about how organizations can adapt to this new generation of volunteers.


Tracy Nielsen, executive director of HandsOn Twin Cities.

Karmit Bulman, executive director of the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration.

Susan Schuster, senior community relations consultant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

To hear this conversation, click on the audio player above.