Idealist by the Numbers: Knitting, nerds, and ukuleles

Hi there! We’re Kim and Diana, Idealist’s Community Support Team. We read and respond to all the messages you send us, monitor the site’s content, and generally help you get the most out of your Idealist experience.


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We learn all kinds of fascinating things on the site and in conversation with you. Here’s our first-ever Idealist Index (inspired by the old Harper’s feature), with a bunch of things we’ve spotted recently:

185,831: Number of people who registered on in 2011
9,590: Organizations that joined Idealist in 2011
10,430,742: Unique visitors to Idealist in 2011
20: Percent increase in number of jobs posted in January 2011 vs. January 2012

3,266: Current number of listings including the word “exciting
2: Listings including the word “exciting” in Buffalo, NY. (Kidding!)
10,622: People whose profiles say they’re looking for a volunteer opportunity
24: Volunteer opportunities that involve diving
110: Internships that involve dancing
19: Volunteer opportunities that involve knitting
1,107: Museums listed on Idealist

65: People who describe themselves as a “nerd” in their profiles
55: People who describe themselves as a “geek” in their profiles
8: People who describe themselves as both a “geek” and a “nerd”

28,575: Friends who “like” our Facebook page
36,082: Followers of @idealist on Twitter

5: Babies born to Idealist staff members in the last year
0: Pencils in the NYC office

12: Listings on the site that include the word “ukulele
1: Number of those listings located in Hawaii

One final number: 9,237. That’s how many messages we received through the Contact Us page in 2011. We love hearing from you, so please let us know what you think of Idealist, if it’s helped you connect with any geeky-nerdy Hawaiians, or if you have questions about any of these numbers. Leave a comment below or connect with us through our Idealist profiles: Kim’s here and Diana’s here.

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Comments (3)

  1. Torch Lady 1975 writes:
    March 1, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Hi Diana,
    Thanks for your quick review and approve Torch 1975, Inc. today. I see other websites have lots of keywords, so I have question:
    How to do the Keywords Tag? How to add them in your listing?

    Torch Lady 1975

  2. Diana writes:
    March 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Torch Lady,

    Thanks for checking out our post, and welcome to Idealist! We’re glad to have you.

    To add keywords to your organization’s page, you’ll want to log in and click on the name of your org in the top right hand corner of the page. On the right, you’ll see a blue Edit button.

    From the edit page, you’ll see a field to add Areas of Focus and additional keywords. It looks like you have a few added already, so apologies if my response is coming after you’ve already figured it out!

    If you ever need any other help, you can leave us a message at and Kim or I will get back to you as soon as we can.


  3. Jen writes:
    March 14, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Very cool post – love it!

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