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Encouraging skills‐based volunteerism: Tools to Scale Pro Bono

Posted by Sadie Miller on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 09:44 PM

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During the National Conference on Volunteerism and Service, I was lucky enough to co-lead a roundtable on encouraging skills‐based volunteerism with Danielle Holly, the Executive Director of Common Impact, and Lindsay Firestone, the Director of Advisory Services at the Taproot Foundation. During the roundtable, we shared a set of resources to help participants build, grow, and measure the impact of skills-based and pro bono service. Danielle and Lindsay shared their work on the Readiness Roadmap, the product of a collaborative partnership between Taproot, Common Impact, Points of Light, and Capitol One.

Those of you who missed the conference have access to the full resources below. Designed for companies across many stages of their development, they will help you:  

    • Make the business case to build the internal support for a skills-based volunteer program
    • Design a program that aligns with your company’s culture, its business & community goals
    • Find nonprofit organizations that are ready to engage in skills-based projects
    • Manage the program to ensure a great experience for your employees and partners
    • Measure the program’s success across the metrics that matter to your company
Thanks to Lindsay and Danielle for sharing their knowledge and expertise!

Making the Business Case

Designing a Skills-Based Volunteer Program

Finding the Right Nonprofit Partners

Managing Skills-Based Volunteer Programs

Measuring the Impact

Case Studies


Tags: CSR Measurement Tools, Skills-Based Volunteering, Pro Bono

High‐value skilled‐based volunteerism: Pfizer Global Health Fellows

Posted by Sadie Miller on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 @ 12:15 PM

Pfizer Global Health Fellows (GHF) is a sector-leading international employee volunteer program that places Pfizer employees with international development organizations in key emerging markets. Over the last decade, more than 300 Pfizer employees have improved supply chains, business operations, and health prevention in partnership with 40 development organizations.

Pfizer's long-term impact

Through the True Impact pro bono management platform, Pfizer collects post-project and 12 months post-project data from NGO partners and fellows to determine the long-term impacts of the GHF experience, finding:

  • Immediate and long-term NGO capacity gains
  • High employee and partner satisfaction
  • Long term employee skill and leadership development
  • Strategic business and corporate brand benefits

Pfizer partner long-term capacity gains:

NGO capacity gains

Click here for a case study on the social, employee, and business impacts of Pfizer GHF.

Strategic partnerships

Pfizer commits to a two-year cycle of Fellowship placements with each organization. Through continuity and building on past Fellowship work, the program is able to develop longer-term community impacts. Focusing on fewer partners and specific health challenges in the 2-year cycle also enables Pfizer to be simultaneously relevant to community needs and the expertise of Pfizer employees.

An example of the GHF program’s partnership model is the six-year GHF project with Mothers to Mothers, an organization committed to reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV through education and empowerment. The first Pfizer Fellows joined M2M when it was just a 4-person team, working to develop its revenue stream and infrastructure. Today, Mothers to Mothers employs 1,000 mentor mothers with HIV in seven sub-Saharan African countries.

Alumni support

After 10 years, the GHF alumni have become a part of the extended program team, supporting Fellows in the field, reviewing initial applications, and rating top prospects. In order to connect back to the business with a formal platform, GHF alumni formed the Alumni Business Network. The Network organizes a leadership speaking series, network events, and quarterly newsletter to promote high‐value skilled‐based volunteerism and leverage their Fellowship experience back to the business.

Click here to download the full Pfizer Global Health Fellows case study.

Tags: Measuring social impact, Skills-Based Volunteering

Building Brighter Futures Through Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteering

Posted by Farron Levy on Tue, Dec 04, 2012 @ 11:13 PM

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January 17, 2013 
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Morgan Stanley Headquarters
1585 Broadway, New York City

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Join A Billion + Change and the Association for Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP) for this special event, where we will ignite a conversation on how corporate skills-based volunteering is emerging as a key strategy to engage employees and meet critical community needs. This event will spotlight the passion and innovative skills-based volunteerism of corporate change-makers across a variety of industries, who are all committed to lending their best and brightest to help nonprofits build stronger futures for our communities.

Come and network with leaders in industry and civic engagement, share best practices and trends in skills-based volunteering, and learn about A Billion + Change, a swiftly growing national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono services from corporate America. More than 255 of America's favorite brands have taken the A Billion + Change pledge to create or expand a skills-based volunteer program to lead meaningful social change. To learn more about A Billion + Change, visit: 

Register online  (Free for A Billion + Change pledges and ACCP members)



  • Karen Davis, Vice President, Hasbro Children's Fund

  • Meredith Fontecchio, Manager, Brand, Communications & Community, Deloitte LLP

  • Michael Haberman, President, PENCIL

  • Daniel Horgan, Senior Director - Community Affairs, Capital One

  • Jamie Horst, Director, Community Engagement, Alcoa Foundation

  • Farron Levy, President, True Impact

  • Susan Portugal, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bank of America

  • Mark Shamley, President & CEO, Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals 

Space is limited, so register today on ACCP's website!


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Tags: Skills-Based Volunteering, Pro Bono

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