At the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit, Charles Schwab joined a panel discussion about transforming the traditional volunteer day into a pro bono day of service.
By Amanda Lenaghan
Charles Schwab has a culture of service. Every year, thousands of Schwab employees volunteer in their communities through financial education programs, Schwab Volunteer Week, and our new Schwab Pro Bono Challenge. At the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit, we were excited to generate a dialog about high-impact volunteering and share our learnings with other companies interested in creating an impactful pro bono program.
Hackathons have become a popular pro bono volunteer event model– bringing together a group of people to use their creative skills and technology know-how to solve problems in a short amount of time. Participants make new connections, learn new skills, feel like they make a difference, and typically vie for a prize and bragging rights for the winning idea (which doesn’t hurt!).
It’s a hot topic in the Bay Area, and it feels like you can hardly cross the street without hearing about a tech company launching their 'For Good’ efforts. This is certainly an inspiring trend to watch happen - and for many, also leads to lots of questions. Who at these companies are doing ‘for good’ work and quite importantly, for whom?