General Interests - Create New

What is a General Interest?

A General Interest is a both an advertisement to showcase your current volunteer opportunities and checkbox that can appear on an application form and in a person’s profile to record what sorts of opportunities, events or type of work each volunteer is interested in becoming engaged.

Add New

  1. Go to: Configuration >> General Interests
  2. Click the [+] button in the “General Interests” header or click the [+ New General Interest] button.
  3. Enter a General Interest name (required, maximum 100 characters)
  4. Select whether or not the General Interest is active (i.e. will be visible to volunteers and seen on the organization’s public search page)
  5. If prospective applicants are looking at your list of active General Interests via a signup link, they can be directed to fill in a specific application form (1, 2 or 3) or to the application form associated with the page they are viewing (i.e. Default). (If you are just getting started, you may want to leave this as Default for now.)
  6. Optional: Enter a description
  7. Optional: Select the Classifications associated with the General Interest:
    • Activity
    • Suitability
    • Time Commitment
    • Duration Commitment
    • Schedule
  8. Click the [Save] button


Activity, Suitability, Time Commitment and Duration Commitment Classifications will only display if your account is part of a Volunteer Impact Enterprise Edition.


Volunteers will be able to read the General Interest description when they are considering applying to your organization so it’s a good idea to word this a little like an advertisement. Why is this role important to you mission? What will the volunteer get out of it?

Where Will Your General Interests Appear?

“Active” General Interests will appear to volunteers in their profile, but you can also show/hide them in other places:

Show General Interests on your Application Form:

  1. Go to: Configuration >> Organization Settings >> Application Form Settings
  2. Select the desired application form to customize
  3. Scroll to the “Step Two Settings” section”
  4. Check the box “Show General Interests”
  5. Click the [Save] button

Show General Interests on your Public Pages:

  1. Go to Configuration >> Organization Settings >> General Settings
  2. Scroll to the “Customization Settings” section
  3. Check the box “Show general interests on the public page”
  4. Click the [Save] button

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