There's no higher-impact way for a business to give back to society than through pro bono. For nonprofits and communities, the value of skilled support can be 500% greater than the value of traditional volunteering. As we face tough economic and social challenges, the talent of corporate America’s best and brightest is needed now more than ever.
Imagine receiving a new brand identity your nonprofit could use to launch a rebranding of your organization—for free. Or imagine engaging a team of your best and brightest employees to research and create a pitch presentation for a high-performing charter school—with 24 hours’ notice.
Last week, more than 170 leaders in industry, policy and civic engagement convened at A Billion + Change's national forum in Washington, D.C. to discuss the power of corporate skills-based volunteerism to meet the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.
Today at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy, Deloitte LLP CEO Joe Echevarria announced that Deloitte has committed to provide $60 million in pro bono services to nonprofit organizations over a three-year period (FY 2012-2014).
Last week, the campaign took to Pittsburgh, PA where I was privileged enough to keynote at a morning meeting of the city’s Corporate Volunteer Council to introduce A Billion + Change and discuss starting a skills-based volunteer program from the ground up. Without providing a distinct template for the design of sustainable program, as each company has different capacity for such a venture, here are what I hope were the major takeaways from the discussion:
If you are a CSR or HR professional or managing your employee volunteer program, you will want to join Deloitte and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP as they welcome A Billion + Change to Atlanta with a breakfast event on April 16. This national campaign to mobilize billions in pro bono and skills-based volunteer (SBV) services from corporate America is attracting the attention of businesses large and small across the country.