June 03, 2005 17:58 ET

Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey Reveals Link Between Volunteering and Professional Success

Deloitte's IMPACT Day Demonstrates Helping Others Can Help Yourself

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 3, 2005 -- In an opinion poll released today by Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, employed Americans overwhelmingly agree that volunteering in the community can help them get ahead at work. According to the Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey, 86 percent of employed Americans said volunteering can have a positive impact on their careers. Nearly four out of five respondents (78 percent) see volunteering as an opportunity to develop business skills including decision-making, problem-solving and negotiating. And, of those respondents who serve on a nonprofit Board of Directors, nearly three-quarters (73 percent) strongly agreed that volunteering offers the opportunity to enhance leadership skills.

The findings support the case for corporate volunteer programs, which according to the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network, are increasingly being tied to business objectives. On June 3, Deloitte's IMPACT Day, the organization will encourage its 30,000 people nationwide to make a difference in the community by setting aside work for the day to volunteer with nonprofits in their communities. Participation in IMPACT Day has the added benefit of enhancing teamwork, leadership and networking skills, as well as motivating others and achieving results.

"Communities rely on volunteer support and we all have a responsibility to get involved," said James H. Quigley, CEO of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. "What we have seen at Deloitte, which is reinforced by the survey, is that volunteering offers people a way to develop the skills they need to be successful at work while making a contribution to their communities. There is no question that volunteering is an outstanding professional development tool because of the real experience it provides."

Key Survey Findings:

-  Eighty-eight percent of the respondents agreed that volunteering
   helps enhance decision-making skills.
-  Eighty-two percent agreed that volunteering helps enhance
   negotiating skills.
-  Eighty-nine percent agreed that volunteering helps enhance
   problems-solving skills.
-  Ninety-three percent agreed that volunteering offers the opportunity
   to enhance leadership skills.
"Most people are well aware of the effect volunteering can have in our communities," said Robert K. Goodwin, President and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. "The results of this survey indicate that people realize volunteering is mutually beneficial not only on a personal level but also professionally, which is important to the community, company, and employees."

On Deloitte's IMPACT Day, the organization's people will work with more than 300 nonprofit organizations to focus on community issues. In cities across the country, including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles, Deloitte employees will address literacy and learning, mentor and coach underprivileged students, offer direct assistance to the homeless, revitalize and restore neglected public space, cheer up hospitalized children and more.

"IMPACT Day is a reflection of our values and our overall commitment to the community," said Quigley. "One of the reasons IMPACT Day is so effective is because our people get as much from volunteering as they give."

Goodwin noted that a number of companies set a strong example when it comes to employee volunteer programs. "Deloitte is one organization that really understands the importance of volunteering, and they are known for giving their people the time to get out and give back. IMPACT Day is a solid example of their commitment to service," he added.

Opinion Research Corporation fielded the Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT survey from March 17-22, 2005, via a telephone omnibus survey, interviewing a nationwide sample of 1,093 adults who are employed full- or part-time, living in private households in the continental United States. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points for results based on the entire sample.

Additional survey results and a fact sheet about IMPACT Day are available upon request.

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