The Washington University Community Counts inventory is an ongoing effort to capture the breadth of civic engagement and community service initiatives undertaken by our campus community.

Through over 600 community partnerships, we collectively contribute nearly 1 million volunteer hours annually to initiatives in the St. Louis region.

Add Your Initiative

We are currently accepting data for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 inventories.

  • Entries for the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted through Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Entries for the 2018-2019 school year will be accepted through Friday, August 23, 2019

We offer two options for completing the Community Counts Inventory: Qualtrics Form or Excel Spreadsheet.

Option #1 — Community Counts Inventory Qualtrics Form

This option is best for those who have 1-3 initiatives that they would like to report. Please complete a new form for each initiative.

Option #2 — Community Counts Inventory Excel Spreadsheet

This option is best for those who have several initiatives to report (example: for an academic school and/or administrative department). You can submit these by email to the Gephardt Institute.

  • 2017-2018 Community Counts Excel Inventory
    • Submissions will be accepted through Friday, February 1, 2019
  • 2018-2019 Community Counts Inventory (Excel)
    • Submissions will be accepted through Friday, August 23, 2019

The full instrument in PDF form can be downloaded here to see all the information we are requesting:

Please see the FAQ below for helpful tips and further info.

If you have any questions, please contact Jillian A. Martin, Assistant Director for Strategy and Evaluation.


Why is Community Counts Important?
Community Counts identifies the nature and scope of civic engagement, community service, community outreach, philanthropy and engaged teaching and research conducted by schools, departments, programs, and groups.

This information is critical for Washington University’s national benchmarking efforts, which increasingly require metrics regarding our community engagement. Internally, this information is used to gauge the scope and depth of our community partnerships, and inform opportunities for improvement and collaboration across the schools and departments.

What activities count in Community Counts?
Initiatives included in Community Counts meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. are undertaken by our Washington University community members
  2. are organized, programmatic initiatives (having their own goals)
  3. performed by a group of 2 or more people from Washington University (not just one individual)
  4. partner in some way with an organization or community external to the university

What questions should I prepare to answer for Community Counts?
This inventory includes questions about:

  • Explanation of the initiative
  • Who was involved
  • How many people were involved
  • Amount of time spent on initiative
  • Basic information on community partners

What should I do if my initiative doesn’t seem to fit the requirements?
If you think something is “community engagement,” please access the Qualtrics form above and select either “No” or “I’m not sure” when asked if your initiative meets the above criteria. Following, you will complete a short form that we will review. If it is part of the requirements, we will contact you to complete the full form. If you have additional question, please contact Jillian A. Martin.

How can Community Counts benefit me in the future?
Members of the Washington University community can request information from Community Counts. Some past examples include:

  • Types of initiatives in a specific academic school
  • Initiatives that take place in a specific geographic area
  • Information on community partnerships or specific organizations attached to initiatives
  • Information on student group-led initiatives
  • Initiatives by type of community engagement (for example, all philanthropy-specific initiatives)