March 12, 2012

The State of Community Mediation 2011

NAFCM is pleased to release The State of Community Mediation 2011. This report is one of the most extensive reviews of the U.S. community mediation field ever undertaken! It includes reports from over a hundred local programs, contains key statistics never before reported, and shares insights on many aspects of this important and growing practice area.

Here are just a few of the must-read highlights contained within the 40-page report:

  • 400 Programs
  • 1,300 Full-Time Equivalent Staff Members
  • 20,000 Volunteer Mediators
  • 400,000 Case Referrals per year
  • 900,000 Service Recipients per year
  • 3 Full-Time Equivalent Staff Members per Program (average)
  • 50 Volunteer Mediators per Program (average)
  • $150,000 - $200,000 Annual Budget (average)
  • 30+ Distinct Service Types
  • 9 Services per Program (average)
  • 100+ Distinct Case Types
  • 36 Case Types per Program (average)
  • 4 to 70+ Case Types per Program (range)
  • 5 Revenue Categories per Program (mode)
  • Roughly 50% of Funding Originates from Government Sources
  • 20,000 Volunteer Mediators Fieldwide
  • 35 Hours Volunteered per year (average)
  • $20,000,000 Donated in Professional Mediation Services Fieldwide
  • 16 : 1 Ratio of Volunteers to Full-Time Equivalent Staff Members
  • 4 : 1 Ratio of Staff to Volunteer Hours
  • 350 Full-Time Equivalent Volunteers Fieldwide
  • 0.9 Full-Time Equivalent Volunteers per Program (average)

Read and engage the complete report, which is now posted -- for FREE! -- in its entirety on NAFCM's website.

Many thanks go out to the JAMS Foundation for their support of this report, as well as to my lovely and luminous co-author Wendy E. H. Corbett.

In community,
Executive Director, NAFCM

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