300 seasoned project managers and experts in strategic planning, marketing, IT, finance, and HR volunteer their skills to 100 DC Metro nonprofit organizations on the second annual Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS™) Pro Bono Lab.
WASHINGTON, January 11, 2016 /3BL Media/ – On January 18th, as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, Taproot Foundation and Project Management for Change will lead the second annual Project Management Day of Service Pro Bono Lab. This pro bono volunteer event will bring critical resources in strategic planning, marketing, IT, finance, and HR to local nonprofit organizations.
Building a strong talent pipeline has been the focus of corporate conversations since the industrial revolution. Now, companies are recognizing that employees are not only their most critical business asset – they are their most strategic philanthropic asset.
CECP’s 2015 Giving in Numbers reported that Pro Bono and Paid Volunteer Time are the two most rapidly growing corporate programs.
Charities and Non-Profits Aren't the Only Beneficiaries Here...
A number of companies participate in a program that supports the giving of time by their employees commonly known as Dollars for Doers (D4D). There has been a lot of buzz in the marketplace of the value of this type of program and its benefits.
How nonprofit organizations go from not using pro bono service to regularly relying on the talents of experienced business professionals as a “go to” resource to support their missions.
To go from zero to four-day-per-week workouts is tough. Really tough. But once you have your thing, whether it’s lifting weights, walking, spinning, or kickboxing, after a while it gets easier. Eventually, your body, mind, and mood crave a workout. Most of us just do it because deep down we know it’s smart and worth it.
Prudential employees unleashed their professional expertise to diagnose the critical challenges facing nonprofits at a Taproot Foundation Pro Bono Week ScopeAthon.
Headquartered in Newark, NJ for more than 100 years, Prudential is a recognized leader for its commitment to the local community. No stranger to employee volunteerism, Prudential demonstrated its investment in helping the community thrive by partnering with Taproot Foundation to host a ScopeAthon to benefit Newark, NJ nonprofits.
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.