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Our Time to Serve: Supporting Veterans and Military Families through Pro Bono


Georgia Gillette, Lead Catalyst, A Billion + Change (moderator)
Patrick O'Leary, Veterans Affairs Manager, UPS
Kevin Lavelle, CEO and Founder, Mizzen + Main 
Geoffrey J. Deutsch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Armed Forces Services Corporation 

From job training and mentoring opportunities to helping veterans map their skills to careers, businesses across the country are lending their time and talent to help veterans overcome major challenges transitioning to civilian life. With a 22% unemployment rate for veterans aged 18-24, this support is needed now more than ever. In addition to contributing financial and "hands-on" assistance, how can businesses support our heroes and their families through skills-based service? Corporate leaders discussed this and more on A Billion + Change's webinar on Thursday, Nov. 14.

What Can be Done on 9/11 Day? Unlocking the Potential of Pro Bono "Done-in-a-Day Models

David Paine, Co-Founder, 9/11 Day
Jim Payne, Director of Business Development, BOULD
Jill Silliphant, Community Involvement, Deloitte LP
Florencia Spangaro, Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Strategy, Citi Foundation

As we approach the anniversary of September 11, how will you observe the 9/11 National Day of Service? More than 35 million people observed this day last year by helping others, and this year we can inspire even more good by leveraging the full power of pro bono. On July 31, A Billion + Change and our partner at the 9/11 Day of Service held a webinar to share high-impact ways you can engage your employees and give back to nonprofits through pro bono "Done-in-a-Day" marathon sessions.

The Readiness Roadmap: Empowering Nonprofits to Engage in Pro Bono


Danielle Holly, Executive Director, Common Impact

Jenny Lawson, Executive Director, A Billion + Change

Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald, Executive Director, Chicago, Taproot Foundation

Yvonne Siu, Marketing Manager, A Billion + Change

Have you ever wondered how you could help your nonprofit partners take their organization to the next level with pro bono support? On Feb. 28, A Billion + Change hosted a free webinar where the nation’s leading experts in pro bono shared a new tool-- the Readiness Roadmap—a one-stop shop designed to help nonprofits navigate and manage skills-based volunteering.

Speakers discussed key stops on the Roadmap and explored resources that will help nonprofits:

  • Improve their readiness to receive pro bono support
  • Identify their skills-based volunteering needs
  • Find the right skilled volunteers
  • Scope and manage a pro bono project
  • Evaluate project success and
  • Share pro bono successes

While America’s favorite and most iconic brands are pledging billions to help build nonprofit capacity as part of A Billion + Change, the Readiness Roadmap is a valuable resource to help empower nonprofits to make the most effective use of skills-based support. The Readiness Roadmap was developed by Capital One Financial Corporation, in partnership with Common Impact, Points of Light and Taproot Foundation.

Skills-Based Volunteering: Not Just for Big Businesses


Thenera Bailey, CEO, SISGI Group
Vanessa Briscoe
, Board Member, American Diabetes Association
Smita Gaith
, SISGI Internship Alum and Advocacy and Communications Project Associate at Young Women’s Project
Andy Bluestone
, Partner, Bluestone + Killion, LLC
With discussion and Q&A moderated by

Teresa Coles
, Founder and Partner, Riggs Partners 

Are you a small business and have you ever wished you had greater capacity to do more, achieve better results and give back to your community? Have you ever wondered what the secret is to networking and building the relationships that will enhance your business?

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, A Billion + Change pledges SISGI Group and Bluestone + Killion LLC shared their unique experiences as small businesses leading social change in their communities through skills-based volunteering. While many think that pro bono projects are only for large companies, executives at SISGI Group and Bluestone Killion discussed how they have strategically aligned their pro bono efforts to help them grow their business and cultivate trust and critical relationships in their communities.

This webinar was the first offering of A Billion + Change’s Small Business Affinity Group, a forum that  provides dynamic social entrepreneurs with resources and opportunities to strengthen their skills-based volunteer programs. To join this group, contact Yvonne Siu at [email protected]g.

In Collaboration with CSRwire - The Ingredients of Change: Best Practice Pro Bono Models from the Food Industry

Gina Goff, Senior Director of Community Involvement, C&S Wholesale Grocers
Aman Singh, Editorial Director, CSRwire
Sue Stephenson, Vice President of Community Footprints, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
Donna Svendsen, Associate Director of Community Action, General Mills, Inc.


Building on the momentum of World Food Day this October, A Billion + Change and CSRwire collaborated to spotlight the innovative ways that businesses are helping to fight hunger and support food security at home and in developing countries through skills-based volunteering.  

Whether it's lending the know-how to improve food aid distribution systems in Japan, giving technical assistance to small farmers and food processors in east Africa, or teaching students in the U.S. about healthy eating habits, how are businesses stepping up to end hunger and malnutrition through pro bono service at home and around the world? How are they forging innovative partnerships and engaging their employees in service? 

A Billion + Change pledge companies addressed these questions and more during a free webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at noon EST. Listen to a recording of their experiences and lessons learned, and find out about A Billion + Change, a national campaign to mobilize billions in skills-based and pro bono volunteer services from corporate America by 2013. 

Hurricane Katrina Seven Years Later: How Skills-Based Service is Supporting a New Orleans Renaissance


Patricia Salas Pineda, Group Vice President, National Philanthropy and Toyota USA Foundation

Zack Rosenburg, Esq., CEO & Founder, St. Bernard Project

Geoff Coats, Principal and Creative Director, Zande + Newman Design

Julia Stewart, Marketing and Programs Associate, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation

Peyton Juneau, Project Supervisor, HandsOn New Orleans  

Jennifer Lawson, Executive Director, A Billion + Change

In recognition of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, A Billion + Change presented the innovative and significant ways companies are using skills-based volunteers to support long-term recovery efforts in New Orleans, and how this is leading to a New Orleans Renaissance. What are national and local companies doing to support long-term recovery efforts in communities, and what are the challenges and opportunities of using skills-based volunteers to help cities re-build thriving communities after disasters? How can businesses collaborate to scale these programs and invest in making communities more resilient and able to prepare for and respond to disasters? A Billion + Change pledges discussed these issues and more on our Sept. 4 webinar.

Patricia Pineda, Group Vice President for National Philanthropy at the Toyota USA Foundation spoke about her company’s partnership with the St. Bernard Project (SBP). Zack Rosenberg, CEO & Founder of the St. Bernard Project, spoke about the impact of Toyota’s pro bono work and how his group is able to help more families rebuild their lives because of it. Through the use of Toyota’s Production System, SBP has increased the speed of rebuilding homes in New Orleans by 50%, enabling them to double their number of AmeriCorps volunteers. Patricia also discussed Toyota’s Disaster Recovery Lab, which enables other communities to access a scalable and replicable model for post-disaster response.

Geoff Coats of Zande + Newman Design described his boutique design firm’s unique pro bono model-- lending creative services exclusively to one New Orleans nonprofit per year to ensure high-quality work and high-impact results. Julia Stewart of Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation and Peyton Juneau of HandsOn New Orleans presented opportunities for businesses and individuals to get involved and make a difference in the region through skills-based service.

Keeping America's Promise to Our Future: SBV Programs Preparing Youth for College, Work and Life


Thomas Raffa, Chief Executive Officer, Raffa, P.C.
Anne Wallestad, Chief Operating Officer, Board Source
Michael Haberman, President, PENCIL
Jenny Lawson, Executive Director, A Billion + Change 

Investing in education and youth services is a critical way that America can keep its promise to our future. From addressing the high-school dropout crisis and overcoming the skills-gap to increasing our college graduation rates and ensuring that young people have the fundamental resources they need to succeed, businesses are playing a positive role in helping youth prepare for college, work and life.

On this webinar, A Billion + Change pledge companies and partners discussed how they are helping schools and nonprofit organizations improve educational outcomes for youth through skills-based volunteer programs. Tom Raffa of Raffa, P.C. spoke about his company's partnership with Companies for Causes, a coalition of CEOs in the Washington, DC Metro Area intent on moving their CSR work from good intentions to strategic and collective impact. Michael Haberman discussed how PENCIL is strengthening public school leadership and infrastructure in New York City through cultivating partnerships between education and business leaders, and how his organization is helping youth through comprehensive workforce readiness training and support. Anne Wallestad of BoardSource spoke about the benefits of Board Service Programs, and how companies can engage their employees in board service to make a lasting impact on nonprofits. Speakers urged companies to develop cross-sector collaborations in their cities and states to move the needle on important social issues, such as education. Want to connect with the speakers and learn more? Contact us.

Empowering Women at Home and Around the World: The Role of SBV and Pro Bono Programs

Although women have made significant strides in education and in the labor force, they are still more likely to be in poverty than men, and many do not receive preventive care. Shockingly, 1 in 4 women in the U.S. have been victims of domestic violence. When women struggle financially, physically and emotionally, it impacts entire families, which have to make ends meet with less income and support. The security and well-being of women, therefore, remains an important goal in our effort to support America’s working families.

On April 25, A Billion + Change hosted a webinar featuring the work of Allstate Insurance Company and Davis Polk & Wardwell, and how they are empowering women and girls through skills-based service.

Hallie Schneir, Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement, kicked off the webinar by discussing White House initiatives to ensure that the interests of women and girls are represented in government, and how the government can support public-private partnerships.

Learn how pledge companies are helping women lead more empowered lives through skills-based volunteering, and about useful White House resources, through the links below. For more information, please contact [email protected].


Webinar: Volunteer to Save the Earth: Best Practice SBV Programs Improving the Environment

On March 28, 2012, Beth Rosemond, Assistant Director for Corporate Responsibility at Ernst & Young presented her company's Earthwatch Global Ambassador Program, and how Ernst & Young is using its skills-based volunteer program to support its overall sustainability goals. Access the recording of the webinar and PPT slides using the links below to learn more about how Ernst & Young's sustainability initiative started, how it operationalized its skills-based service program and how it views it as a strategic talent management and development tool.

Webinar: On Your Mark! Marathon Models of Volunteering

On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, three pledge companies presented their experiences and lessons learned in developing marathon models of skills-based volunteer service programs. Erin Dieterich of Discovery Communications discussed her company’s signature employee volunteer program, Discovery Impact: Creating Change, where 200 + employees contribute over 3,000 hours of time to fulfill the marking and communications needs of nonprofits during a 12-hour marathon event every year. Christian Yazdanpanah of IMC2 discussed his company's Labor of Love initiative, which uses Facebook applications to solicit community feedback into its NGO selection process for pro bono projects. Marlon Evans of Hewlett Packard and Elizabeth Sabet of SecondMuse also shared information about the Random Hacks of Kindness consortium, and how HP employees develop open source applications to meet pressing social needs during Global Hackathon Weekends around the world.

Webinar: Ready, Set, Grow

Tools and Tales to Start and Expand Your Skills-Based Volunteer Program

Special Webinar for Communications Staff

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