Moody's: Skills-Based Volunteer Efforts

Mar 6, 2019 11:20 AM ET

“Moody’s staff added expertise critical to expanding our capacity to serve the LGBTQ community outside of New York City.” Thomas Krever CEO, Hetrick-Martin Institute

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Posted from Moody's 2017 CSR Report

We look for opportunities to pair our employees’ specialized talents with the needs of local nonprofits. Through company-wide volunteer initiatives such as Moody’s TeamUp®, which unites people in our local offices to complete service projects, and pro bono volunteering driven by employees’ passion and skills, we seek to make lasting impacts in local communities. 

Board service

We underwrote the development of the NYC Nonprofit Board Development Coalition’s NYC Good Governance Blueprint, which helps nonprofit leaders learn best practices around governance. We also launched pilots in New York and San Francisco with BoardLead, which strengthens social-good organizations by recruiting, placing, training and supporting talented professionals from top companies for high-impact board service.

In the UK, we participated for the first time in NCVO's Step on Board, which also matched charities with Moody’s employees. Through this program, our people serve as trustees and share their skills to help the charities achieve their missions. We expect that programs like Step on Board will empower more of our employees to volunteer their expertise at local nonprofits and therefore allow our professionals to enhance their leadership and decision-making skills. 

Pro bono expertise

In 2017, Moody’s volunteers brought their data analytics expertise to the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), a nonprofit dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ young people between the ages of 13 and 24 in New York and New Jersey. Our employees donated their time to collect and analyze data about the need for programs like HMI, the existing infrastructure for support and the sources available for funding in other cities. Thomas Krever, Chief Executive Officer of HMI, says Moody’s brought expertise that was critical in helping the nonprofit take a data-driven approach to determining where to expand and serve the LGBTQ community outside of New York City.

Read more from Moody's 2017 CSR Report