Mexican Center for Philanthropy: Volunteering goes centre stage in Mexico

Volunteering is increasing – and increasingly important – in Mexico. In recognition of this, the Mexican Center for Philanthropy’s (Cemefi’s) major events this year will be focused on volunteerism at the national and the international levels.

Two million Mexicans volunteer every year, 1.5 per cent of the total population. Between them, they do the equivalent of $3.2million worth of work. Non-profit organizations, meanwhile, contribute 1.12 per cent of Mexico’s GDP; 32 per cent of this contribution comprises the economic value of volunteering.

In addition, volunteering is a powerful way in which individual and collective action can bring needed change to communities in a rapidly globalizing world. It also contributes to personal development, reinforcing an impulse to care and a reminder of the ability to make a real difference to the lives of others.

Cemefi’s Annual Research Congress, on 5 and 6 September 2016, will analyse the contributions, growth and practices of volunteering. It will also consider the impact that volunteering has in Mexico and other nations.

Cemefi’s annual meeting in November will focus on Volunteering for Social Change. The meeting is part of a sequence on the subject that includes the 8th World Youth Volunteer Conference in Puebla, Mexico (3-5 November) and the 24th World Volunteer Conference in Mexico City (7-10 November).

Cemefi has partnered with the International Association of Volunteering Efforts (IAVE) to celebrate both conferences in Mexico and expects an attendance of more than 1,500 people from around the world.

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