This week, April 10 through April 16, 2016, is National Volunteer Week, and employees all across the country will be taking a break from their work to give back to their community alongside work colleagues. Volunteerism is increasingly becoming the core around which companies are building employee engagement strategies and programs, and serving as a catalyst for deeper partnerships with nonprofit organizations (Source: America’s Charities Snapshot 2015 report, The New Corporate DNA).
Employee volunteer programs are often seen as a great way to promote social good, while increasing employees’ sense of connection with their company’s mission and purpose, thereby driving engagement. But there’s another dimension to company-sponsored volunteerism that may be just as powerful in energizing your workforce – it can provide employees with a meaningful and effective way to develop their talents and build their careers.
Pro bono service is no longer the new kid on the block in the corporate volunteerism space—more and more companies have pro bono programs or active plans to build one. As pro bono continues to gain traction, companies are no longer asking themselves if they will create a pro bono program, but instead increasingly exploring how they can create one that is uniquely well aligned with their own core competencies and goals.
Annual Global Pro Bono Summit Featured a Workshop facilitated by PYXERA Global and Pro Bono Lab
Washington, D.C., March 22, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Daniel Elliot, Key Client Manager at PYXERA Global, led a presentation that enabled participants to understand the business value in pro bono at the 4th Global Pro Bono Summit 2016, held in Singapore th
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!).