Small businesses have an important role to play in advancing the pro bono movement. Access these tools and resources to learn more about skills-based volunteering, best practices and models, and to download checklists that will guide you through designing, implementing and evaluating your pro bono program.
Bankers without Borders® is Grameen Foundation’s volunteer program that connects individuals and companies with opportunities to mobilize their skillsets and use their industry expertise to offer Grameen Foundation innovative solutions to help break the cycle of poverty.
Give an Hour pledges that its volunteer licensed mental health professionals will give 12,000 hours of free counseling to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and their loved ones. Give an Hour's services complement those provided by the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration by serving veterans and their families no longer eligible for military health care; non-eligible family members such as parents or siblings; and those seeking care outside the current system. GAH volunteer providers are located in every state and US territory and can provide services in areas that are not near military bases or VA facilities.
iMentor leverages the power of mentoring to help youth in low-income communities graduate high school college-ready and succeed in college. Students and mentors work one-on-one through iMentor’s online and in-person curriculum to navigate the college application process and build critical skills linked to college success. Since 1999, iMentor has connected 7,000 students in New York City with mentors, and will match 2,400 mentor-mentee pairs this year. iMentor also provides its curriculum, technology, and best practices to more than 30 nonprofits in 20 states to help them run effective mentoring programs in the iMentor model.
Three strategies that are increasingly emerging include direct non-profit capacity building, volunteerism and employee engagement, and deployment of proprietary products and services on behalf of social causes.
The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy is the only international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons focused exclusively on corporate philanthropy. CECP’s mission is to lead the business community in raising the level and quality of corporate philanthropy. We offer our members essential resources, including a proprietary online benchmarking tool, networking programs, research, and opportunities for best-practice sharing.
The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a membership organization comprised of a cross section of member businesses ranging from sole proprietors to large corporations and conglomerates. With 10,000 members and subscribers, The Manhattan Chamber represent the voice of over 100,000 companies in Manhattan and partner with over 300 diverse business organizations in the city. Their mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan.
Corporate Volunteer Councils and Training Sessions
Corporate Volunteer Councils (CVCs) are local networks that businesses join to share effective practices and address community needs through workplace volunteering. The Corporate Volunteer Network provides tools and training to support these councils. Access a Skills-Based Volunteering 101 Training for Businesses by clicking here: http://bit.ly/d9HDSG
Good360 is the next-generation incarnation of Gifts In Kind International, the nonprofit leader in the product giving marketplace. In their three decades of service, Good360 has distributed over $7 billion in product donations from Fortune 500 companies to thousands of pre-qualified nonprofit organizations serving millions of people in need across the globe. In short, Good360 exists for the benefit of charities who need product to serve their communities and its corporate partners who understand the strategic value of product giving.In partnership with Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Good360 has released groundbreaking research on The Business Case for Product Philanthropy. Click above to learn more.
LBG Associates helps companies develop strategic national and international community outreach programs that generate positive, measurable returns for the corporate bottom line as well as the community. The firm is unique in that it provides not only consulting services, but also extensive research capabilities, training workshops and meeting facilitation. LBG Associates specializes in developing and helping implement SBV/PB programs as well as conducting research on the benefits of these activities for the company and community.
VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.
We invite nonprofit organizations to access a comprehensive list of skills-based volunteer resources, including studies and surveys, intermediary organizations to connect your organization with volunteer resources, news and trends, toolkits to get started, and pro bono models and processes. Click on the link above to access this list.
HavServe's Mission is to utilize volunteers to strive to meet the Millennium Development Goals especially in small towns and villages of Haiti, through community-led development and by empowering villagers with the education, training, and basic services necessary for them to play an ever-increasing role in determining their own futures.
EF is a non-profit public charity on a mission to encourage, empower and enhance corporate philanthropy and corporate social responsibility programs. EF encourages companies to be philanthropic by providing guidance and expertise to companies that haven’t yet adopted a community or philanthropy program; empowers companies to be philanthropic by providing open sourced resources, tools, best practices and on-line and in-person forums to make it easy for companies to learn on their own or from each other; and EF enhances corporate philanthropy by providing direct services to companies who have programs in place but need strategic or tactical support to make their programs better.
Civic Consulting Alliance is a partnership that reshapes how cities work. Through building teams of CCA staff, business experts and government leaders, they figure out workable and enduring ways to make cities more livable, affordable and globally competitive. At no cost to the taxpayer, CCA undertakes high-impact work that government agencies neither have the capacity, time, nor expertise to address. Based in Chicago since 1986, Civic Consulting is a model with great relevance for cities across the country.
BoardSource supports, trains, and educates more than 60,000 nonprofit board leaders from across the country each year. With more than 20 years of experience, BoardSource provides leaders with an extensive range of tools and resources — including Webinars, in-person training sessions, original publications, consulting services, and customized diagnostics — to increase their effectiveness and magnify the impact of their mission. Access the following helpful board service resources, published by BoardSource, by clicking the above link and visit www.boardsource.org for more information. BoardSource is a 501(c)(3) organization.
We invite corporations to access a comprehensive list of skills-based volunteer resources, including studies and surveys, intermediary organizations to connect your company with nonprofit organizations in need, news and trends, toolkits to get started, and pro bono models and processes. Click on the link above to access this list.
The Community Corps provides nonprofits with free, mission critical IT support through a unique community of corporate supporters and skilled IT volunteers. Prescreened IT professionals are systematically matched to nonprofits and schools in need of support through an online platform that enables them to register for a range of short-term, structured, high-impact projects.
True Impact helps the world’s leading corporations measure their CSR activities.
Our tools and consulting services quantify the social and business value of volunteerism and pro bono service, grantmaking, sustainability and more. To learn more about True Impact and to access our resources, please visit: www.trueimpact.com
PENCIL inspires innovation and improves student achievement by partnering business leaders with public schools. The PENCIL Partnership Program matches business volunteers with public school principals based on backgrounds, interests, and goals. Partners are then empowered and supported to develop solutions that transform their schools. The PENCIL Fellows Program provides promising public high school students with career readiness training that includes paid summer internships at leading businesses throughout the city.
The Points of Light Corporate Institute is the go-to organization providing resources, consulting services and on-the-ground activation to companies around the world seeking innovative, multi-channel engagement in employee volunteer programs, skills-based volunteering and hands-on service.
As the country’s premier volunteer organization, and an expert in corporate volunteerism, Points of Light is the partner of choice for companies of all sizes looking to improve their community service initiatives.
Urban Alliance is a year-long employment program for under-resourced high school seniors in D.C., Baltimore, and Chicago. UA's goal is to give youth access to professional growth and experiences. The program prepares students for a life of work and self-sufficiency through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship. The organization prides itself on its ability to craft strong relationships with businesses and corporations in each of our program regions. These partnerships enable the future workforce to be comprised of youth who are well prepared and capable of contributing to the workforce and the community as a whole. Moreover, Urban Alliance provides an opportunity for corporations to demonstrate social responsibility and community involvement.
Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation is a nonprofit Incubator based in New Orleans. Propeller helps social entrepreneurs reach their financial and social impact goals by providing them with access, free of charge, to hands-on, skills-based support from a network of pro bono professionals, paid consultants and executive mentors. Pro bono professionals volunteer 10-15 hours over 10 months, working on defined projects with one or more promising social entrepreneurs whose needs match their expertise.
The Readiness Roadmap is an online resource that gives nonprofits across the country the ability to easily navigate resources from Common Impact, Points of Light, and the Taproot Foundation, among others, to help them prepare for and receive pro bono services. It was launched at the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, and was developed by the Nonprofit Collaborative, consisting of Points of Light, the Taproot Foundation, Common Impact, and Capital One, to identify, organize and share resources that will help the nonprofit sector be ready to engage in and benefit from pro bono professional services.
CorpsGiving delivers transformational volunteer experiences that engage employees, benefit companies and strengthen communities. They make it possible for employees to positively affect their local community and company culture in an authentic and sustainable way. They believe that properly executed volunteer programs contribute greatly to building human capital and a company’s soul.
Connecting Non-Profits, Corporate Sponsors and Volunteers to transform the world, For Goods is a rewards-based platform providing Volunteers with an incentive to transform the world around them, Non-Profits with the tools to increase awareness of their cause and Corporate Sponsors with an innovative way to market their products/services and manage internal pro bono efforts.
Executive Service Corps –United States (ESC-US) is a national affiliate network of nonprofit organizations serving 26 states across the United States. The ESC-US network uses the knowledge and experience of highly-skilled volunteers to provide nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve with affordable capacity-building services. These services help nonprofits strengthen their internal management capabilities in order to deliver on their missions more effectively and efficiently.
Music2Life creates music-based social change experiences that move people to action. Inspired by activist founder, Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary), Music2Life develops multi-genre music productions and applications, with broad appeal, that inspire hearts and minds to achieve service-based goals.
Public Architecture is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in San Francisco. It engages architecture and design firms, nonprofits, and manufacturers to commit to design for the public good through its nationally recognized 1% program; it acts to bring about positive community change through public-interest design initiatives and pro bono design service grants; and it shares the potential of design to change the world through advocacy and outreach.
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