The promise of pro bono is that skilled volunteers can lend their expertise to nonprofits thus reducing barriers to effectiveness. The problem is that accepting a pro bono volunteer is not necessarily easy for a nonprofit nor cost free. According to a survey of more than 1,400 nonprofits, the major challenge of engaging in a pro bono project is the time the project consumes for an already overworked staff.
I was at a conference recently where a young leader declared, "Pass the baton to us, or we're going to take it." After this comment, much of the room erupted defensively. But one of the more senior activists stood up in the back. She pleaded, "We want to pass the baton, but you need to teach us how."
When the American Bar Association kicked off its national celebration of pro bono service for the legal community, they likely didn’t anticipate that their celebration would soon stretch beyond the legal field into HR, finance, strategy, marketing, design, IT, and a diversity of other professions and outgrow national borders.
It’s Pro bono week! A growing way companies go deeper in what they deliver through employee engagement programs is Pro Bono Service, which CECP has been tracking since 2008.
More companies across different industries are recognizing the value of Pro Bono Services provided by their employees to support nonprofit organizations. It is becoming less of a niche for lawyers, accountants, or financiers.
This time in October is when volunteer leaders honor the power of pro bono, a global campaign that celebrates and activates pro bono service across all professions that use their talents to make a difference.
Merck Leverages Service Fellowships to Advance Learning, Employee Engagement & Impact
Over the last ten years, leading companies have begun investing their greatest asset—their human capital—in “giving back” by improving lives around the world through global pro bono programs. Such programs place employees in short-term volunteer assignments within local social-sector organizations for a period of three weeks to three months in emerging or growth markets, from India to Brazil.
Diverse Partners Work to Build a Booming Toilet Business in Ethiopia
"Excuse me. May I use your toilet?”
Despite my not being a paying customer, the restaurant owner directed me toward a doorway at the back of the building. Through the doorway, a woman shucking corn pointed me towards a tarp draped over a piece of wire, less than 20 feet away. I pulled back the ripped tarp to find the toilet—a hole in the ground swarming with flies.
Taproot Foundation announces a new monetary valuation of pro bono service as part of Pro Bono Week, October 25-31, 2015.
October 26, 2015 /3BL Media/ – In celebration of Pro Bono Week, Taproot Foundation announces that the 2015 standard for the value of pro bono service has increased 25% to $150 per hour. The $150 valuation defines the average, per hour value of time donated by business professionals to nonprofit organizations through pro bono services including expertise in marketing, strategic planning, HR, and IT. This study was developed in partnership withCECP, a coalition of 150 CEOs of the world’s largest compa