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The Corporation for National and Community Service released its most recent "Volunteering in America" study results. A key takeaway is that our nation’s volunteer rate has jumped six points to 30 percent, making the American volunteer rate the highest it has ever been. Minnesota also has the second highest volunteer rate in the country. Read it here

Before you say good-bye to 2018, check out this round-up of cutting-edge ideas for the year (which will still be fresh in 2019) gathered by Erin Spink in Top 10 Ideas in Volunteer Engagement for 2018. The compilation features short takes on ways to stay ahead of the curve from volunteerism thought leaders well-known to MAVA conference attendees, like Rob Jackson, Faiza Venzant and, of course, Erin Spink, as well as other nationally and internationally known voices, such as Andy Fryar and Tobi Johnson. Read it here

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits just released its latest annual look at the role that nonprofits play in both statewide and regional economic landscapes, the "Minnesota Nonprofit Economy Report."  For a snapshot of current trends in employment, workforce participation and wages, Read it here