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There is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but there is also Giving Tuesday on November 27. Since 2012, Giving Tuesday has been celebrated in the U.S. on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It kicks off the charitable season by supporting giving and philanthropy that includes, not just money, but also time, talent, or goods. Learn more.

The Iowa State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service invites Iowa nonprofits, public agencies, and federally recognized tribes to apply to sponsor an AmeriCorps VISTA project.  Two technical assistance webinars were recorded and are accessible on YouTube. View the Introduction to VISTA webinar from View the Introduction to VISTA webinar from September 6 and the Concept Paper & eGrants Overview from October 4. Final applications are due December 20. Full details and information are on the VISTA Fact Sheet.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are full-time volunteers who create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. VISTA members serve primarily in the focus areas of economic opportunity, healthy futures, education, and veterans & military families.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continues its Nonprofit Management Academy. The last course for the year is November 27. The Academy courses meet at the Johnson County Extension Office, 3109 Old Highway 218 South in Iowa City. Offerings are on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for each is $70 with CEU credit for an additional $25. See details, registration, and additional course descriptions.

Reports and Studies

The Corporation for National and Community Service released its Volunteering and Civic Life in America report which analyzes data on demographics and volunteering. The report shows that 41.53 percent of Iowans are involved in volunteering. This is the highest percentage since the report was first conducted in 2005. Iowans primarily devote volunteer time to food collection and distribution, fundraising for nonprofits, providing transportation, and mentoring youth. Read more on the Volunteer Iowa website.

Independent Sector reports that the value of volunteer time continues to rise. The estimated value of volunteer time for 2017 is $24.69, an increase of 2.3 percent from 2016, according to the latest study. See details and a link to download a pdf of the full dataset.