Frequently Asked Questions
About All For Good
What is All for Good? Why should I use it?
All for Good makes it simple to find ways to do good by helping people connect with service activities in their communities. The site brings together service opportunities from local and national organizations to help you find volunteer activities that fit your time and interests.
How large is the All for Good database?
Each month there are over 150,000 listings in the system representing over a million volunteer opportunities making All for Good one of the largest databases of its kind. Of course, size isn't the only thing that matters, and we put just as much emphasis on search quality, listing quality, user interfaces, site speed and the many other factors that together help make All for Good useful.
How does the site work?
All For Good works as a search engine for volunteer opportunities. You can search for opportunities based on factors like location and interests, and a list of opportunities is generated matching your specifications. Listings include brief descriptions of the opportunity and a link to the source website, where you can get more information and contact the volunteer organization directly. All For Good doesn't administer volunteer activities directly - think of it as a one-stop access point to the world of volunteering.
Is All for Good free?
All For Good searches are free to all users and it is free to post projecs to All For Good as well. Commercial entities wanting to use All For Good's database for non-public commercial ventures may be subject to a fee for its use.
Who provides the volunteer activities?
Listings on All For Good come directly from nonprofits and companies that help connect people to service events, as well as from our partner volunteer opportunity listing sites like Idealist.org and ServiceNation.org.
Is All for Good a nonprofit?
Yes. All for Good is a service of Points of Light. Points of Light inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. We connect people to their power to make a meaningful difference. We are organized to innovate, incubate and activate new ideas that help 21st century volunteers use all of their assets ? their time, talent, voice and money ? to meet the critical needs of our time. Points of Light operates multiple divisions including: HandsOn Network, the largest volunteer network in the world with 250 local affiliates; generationOn, the global youth service division that ignites the power of kids to make their mark on the world; and AmeriCorps Alums, a network of more than 120,000 experienced volunteer leaders. For more information, visit www.PointsofLight.org.
What is "open source" and how does it apply to All for Good?
Open source simply means that a product's technology is publicly available and accessible, so that anyone can use it to develop products and/or new features. All for Good is an open-source product, which means you can contribute to, grow and innovate All for Good.
What if I have an idea for a new feature for All for Good?
All for Good is being developed as an open source platform that allows the community-at-large, including individuals, to use, modify, and grow the site to ensure long-term relevance and utility. If you have suggestions for how to improve All for Good or some ideas on features you'd like to see, please let us know by sending us your feedback.
Using All For Good
How do I volunteer for an activity?
To volunteer for an activity, simply search All For Good for activities of interest to you and follow the links to get more information on specific opportunities. Contact the organization sponsoring the activity directly to sign up.
I'm not getting any results when I search. What do I do?
Try broadening your location or keywords. For instance, instead of Sausalito, CA, search for San Francisco, CA. Being less specific or using different search terms will produce more results.
How does a group post a volunteer activity?
We welcome your listings and need your support! Whether you have two or two hundred to share, we want to help you spread the word. If your organization is interested in submitting volunteer activities to All for Good, please visit our posting instructions page.for information on submitting listings in a variety of formats.
What types of opportunities does All For Good list?
Our goal is to spread the word about volunteer service opportunities. We welcome listings from all kinds of non-profits looking for volunteers, but we do not allow listings for projects where the primary beneficiary is a for-profit organization.
How do I know the activities posted are legitimate? Is there an approval process before volunteer activities are accepted?
All for Good DOES NOT pre-screen or moderate volunteer activities so please act accordingly. We rely on users to flag content that is inappropriate, illegal, or in violation of copyright laws.
How are volunteer activities ranked on the page?
Individuals can search activities based on location and interest. Search results are based on relevance to the search criteria specified.
How can I find a listing that is no longer on your site?
Contact the organization that offered the volunteer activity directly.
Is All for Good available outside the U.S?
All for Good is primarily intended for use by U.S. and Canadian audiences, but does support posting of opportunities in other countries and searching for them and we hope to grow in future years to more locations.
What if I see an activity that is inappropriate? How do I notify someone and what happens?
To report inappropriate postings on this site, please contact us by filling out the Inappropriate content form. We consider inappropriate material to include spam, malware, phishing, violence, hate speech, nudity and sexually explicit material, and private or confidential personal information.
How do I notify you of a copyright issue?
An Our Good Works' agent for notice of claims of copyright or trademark infringement on this Site can be reached as follows by filling out this form.
I'm having problems with the site. It doesn't seem to be working right...
We want to fix any problems you might find on the site ASAP. For technical problems or questions concerning this site, please submit your feedback.
What information do you collect from me?
We collect only the minimum amount of data necessary to provide the service to you.
When you visit All for Good you provide us with two types of information: information you knowingly choose to disclose to us, and website use information that we collect as you interact with our web site.
We collect browsing information such as your browser type and IP address. This information is gathered for every All for Good visitor, and in part it lets us present volunteer activities personalized for your location. We use a session cookie to collect browsing information. A "cookie" is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the website again, the cookie allows that site to recognize your browser. Cookies may store user preferences and other information. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. The session cookie that All for Good uses is a short term cookie that it deleted once you close your browser.