By Marianne Harrison, John Hancock, and Danielle Holly, Common Impact
Recent events have brought widespread attention to racial injustice and helped unite communities against this common ill.
We’ve heard public, private, nonprofit and grassroots leaders, almost as one chorus, speak out. They’ve raised their voices as it’s become painfully clear that equality remains out of reach for too many Americans and building healthy, more equitable communities depends on challenging the status quo.
Shawn Ray, Financial Analyst at Sappi North America’s headquarters in Boston, felt a personal connection when he decided to participate in the 2019 “Pan-Mass Challenge.”
“I ride to make a difference,” said Shawn. “My family has been participating for the better part of 10 years now, and I was lucky enough to join the team. Since losing my grandmother and mentor, Carol Ryan, to cancer in 2014, I knew that I had to get involved, and riding in the Pan-Mass was the best decision I have ever made.”
United Way Worldwide Senior Director of Volunteer & Employee Engagement Mei Cobb joins host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly for a new episode of Pro Bono Perspectives. Mei eveals how her organization is pivoting amidst COVID-19’s significant disruptions to volunteering and the first responder organizations that provide vital services relating to hunger, housing, domestic violence, and more.
Virtual Day of Skills-Based Service to be Held During National Volunteer Week
Common Impact, the national organization that matches companies and nonprofits with proven models of impact for skills-based volunteering, has announced that it will hold a virtual Skills for Cities event on Wednesday, April 21st during National Volunteer Week. Skills for Cities unites corporate professionals with nonprofits for a cross-sector day of skills-based consulting to build their capacity to do good in their communities.
OAKLAND, Calif., January 15, 2021 /3BL Media/ – VolunteerMatch, the largest nonprofit network with the most volunteer opportunities, today announced the launch of new community-based Guides in Apple Maps to easily find great places to volunteer. Available in 11 major metropolitan areas, VolunteerMatch Guides feature local in-person and virtual service opportunities in San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, DC, and other major cities.
We're keeping factories open, donating food and money, and being there for the world
Pilar Bustamante felt the devastating effects of the pandemic this spring when she lost both of her parents to COVID-19.
In spite of this tragedy, Bustamante, a medical assistant at Nestlé-Spain, continued to work every day, answering questions from factory workers about how they could continue to produce food in a way that was safe for workers and consumers. Even through her grief, she knew the work was critical, not just for her coworkers, but for people around the world counting on Nestlé to provide the food they rely on.
Driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple instances of racial injustice, 51 percent more people donated through corporate purpose programs in 2020, with 41 percent more dollars per donation
CALGARY, Alberta, December 8, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Benevity, Inc., the leading provider of global corporate purpose software, today announced that 51 percent more people donated through its platform from January through October 2020, giving 41 percent more dollars per donation, and culminating in an average of $64 per donation compared to $46 the year prior.
The private, public, and social sectors have long been stuck on how to define the value of donated time – the inspirational stories and output reporting we’ve all relied on just don’t tell the whole story. Common Impact was ready for a better way, so we worked closely with the measurement experts at True Impact to move beyond outputs and look at the real value-add volunteerism – and in particular, skilled volunteerism – can deliver for communities.
Pro Bono Week 2020 came at a time of unprecedented difficulty and uncertainty, but in spite of that – or even for that very reason – it produced some of the strongest, most inspiring, and most necessary cross-sector collaborations we’ve ever witnessed. Corporate, public sector, and nonprofit professionals participated in everything from webinars and conferences to skills-based volunteering projects ranging a day or a week or several months, all in the name of better supporting their communities through COVID-19, racial injustice, and intractable societal challenges.
A Virtual Volunteering Day of Service Case Study from Common Impact
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As COVID-19 unfolds, many nonprofits find themselves facing an urgent need to revamp their digital marketing strategies to navigate the unprecedented situation. In June 2020, Common Impact and Verizon partnered with three nonprofits - the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Change is Simple, and Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement - to help them do just that, providing each with targeted marketing support via a virtual skills-based volunteering day of service.