Danielle Holly

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E14: Dr. Rahsaan Harris, Citizens Committee for New York City (CitizensNYC)

Dr. Rahsaan Harris, Citizens Committee for New York City
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Join us for a conversation with Dr. Rahsaan Harris, CEO of Citizens Committee for NYC (CitizensNYC), a micro-funding organization that provides support to community leaders on the front lines of change in their own neighborhoods. Hear what it was like for Rahsaan to assume his position as CEO in March 2020 right as New York went into lockdown, how he drove meaningful change during the pandemic, and why he believes many elements of pandemic era philanthropy and work culture should remain in place.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E13: Yusuf George, JUST Capital

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Hear from Yusuf George of JUST Capital, the only independent nonprofit that tracks, analyzes, and engages with large corporations and their investors on how they perform on the issues Americans care about most. Yusuf recaps findings from JUST Capital’s Corporate Racial Equity Tracker and recommendations for how corporate leaders can act on DEI commitments as outlined in the CEO Blueprint for Racial Equity.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E12: The Trevor Project & Google.org

Cutting-Edge Technology in Support of LGBTQ+ Youth with The Trevor Project & Google.org
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This Pride Month, we welcome Lena Ballantine, COO of The Trevor Project, which does life-saving work in mental health and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth, and Jen Carter, Head of Technology & Volunteering at Google.org and founder of the Google.org Fellowship Program, a pro bono program that matches Google employees with social impact organizations full-time for up to six months.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E11: Julia Turshen, "Simply Julia"

Feeding a Culture of Equity and Inclusion with Chef Julia Turshen
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Chef, cookbook author, and activist Julia Turshen operates at the intersection of food and social justice. Her highly acclaimed cookbooks share deeply personal and meaningful narratives on LGBTQIA+ representation, racial equity, body positivity, and more.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E10: Caroline Barlerin, Platypus Advisors

Debating the Tech Sector’s Role in Society & Democracy
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Controversy over the tech sector’s role in society, democracy, and philanthropy has been making headlines for years. Recently, some tech companies have leaned into these areas even further while others have made statements that they are specifically staying out of political and social issues. In this episode, get a frontline perspective from Platypus Advisors Founder Caroline Barlerin, a leader in CSR and skills-based volunteering with experience at companies like Twitter, Eventbrite, and HP.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E9: Dr. Mai Nguyen, The Design Lab & The Filene Research Institute

Credit Unions as a Catalyst for Social Justice
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Dr. Mai Nguyen talks about the power of design thinking and how it’s being applied to financial institutions like credit unions to advance economic empowerment and social justice. Director of the Design Lab at UCSD and a Filene Research Institute Fellow, Mai has dedicated her career to addressing systemic discrimination and policies that create inequities in access to capital, housing, and more.

Skills for Small Businesses

Common Impact commits to leveraging skills-based volunteering to help small businesses recover and thrive for the long-term
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Small businesses – the bookstores, landscaping services, family restaurants, neighborhood dentists, and so many others – are vital components of our economy and communities and central to Common Impact’s mission of alleviating inequality.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E8: Dave Smith, Californians for All

How California Rallied Volunteers during the Pandemic
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In celebration of National Volunteer Week, host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly interviews Californians for All Director Dave Smith about the founding of this California Volunteers initiative and how it achieved over one million volunteer hours and 600,000 meals served in its first year.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E7: Judy Samuelson, The Aspen Institute

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Joining the Pro Bono Perspectives podcast this Global Volunteer Month is Judy Samuelson, Vice President at The Aspen Institute and Executive Director of its Business and Society Program. A leading voice on the alignment of business and purpose, Judy has published influential works on companies’ duty to society and how they can create true, sustainable social change.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E6: Anusha Venkataraman

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NYC Chief Service Officer Anusha Venkataraman leads NYC Service, a division of the Mayor’s Office that builds nonprofit and corporate partnerships to advance lifelong civic engagement through volunteer and service programs. In this episode of Common Impact's Pro Bono Perspectives podcast, Anusha shares that even though COVID-19 put constraints on in-person volunteering, the City still saw an increased interest in service this past year.

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