Americans for the Arts reports that in 2015,  7,590 volunteers donated a combined 277,664 hours to the Greater Des Moines Region’s participating nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. This represents a donation of time with an estimated aggregate value of $6.5 million. Volunteers can include unpaid professional staff (e.g., executive and program staff, board/commission members), artistic volunteers (e.g., artists, choreographers, designers), clerical volunteers, and service volunteers (e.g., ticket takers, docents, ushers, gift shop volunteers).

The 65 participating organizations reported an average of 116.8 volunteers who volunteered an average of 36.6 hours during 2015, for a total of 4,271.7 hours per organization. The study, coordinated locally by Bravo Greater Des Moines Executive Director Sally Dix, covered Dallas, Guthrie, Madison, Polk, and Warren counties.