It’s true. Millennials are not doing things the same way that other generations have done them. For starters, we aren’t working the same way, we aren’t spending the same way, and we aren’t marrying in the same way. The same can be said when it comes to giving to our communities. Far from the stereotypes played out in the media, millennials are often more generous and more focused on working with others.
If anything, millennials should be known as the giving generation.
The data paint a different portrait than what many assume about millennials. For example, the 2016 Millennial Impact Report found that 46 percent of millennials had volunteered for a cause affiliated with a social issue they care about in the last 30 days. Even more impressive, 52 percent had donated to a cause affiliated with a social issue they care about in that same time period. The 2015 Millennial Report also supports this trend and shows that millennials in the workplace are 44 percent more likely to volunteer if a supervisor does. They are 65 percent more likely if other co-workers participate.
Whether it’s through a corporate volunteer program, or getting involved with charitable organizations completely on our own, millennials are looking for ways to get involved with organizations—and we’re making a big impact.