Raising the Pro Bono Bar: The U.S. Bank Law Division

It’s Pro Bono Week 2014! Join us in celebrating the amazing volunteers who donate their professional skills to great causes. Today’s featured company: The U.S. Bank Law Division.Volunteers from US Bank Law Division

Pro bono work was made famous by the law profession, and the crew at the U.S. Bank Law Division is living up to this precedent.

The U.S. Bank Law Division works all across the U.S. at places such as a Vet Law Clinic, Housing Court, Immigrant Law Center, and Children’s Law Center. In the Twin Cities region alone, they’ve donated their time and skills to eight clinics.

In 2013, 70% of their lawyers engaged in pro bono activities. Even their non-lawyers got involved at a rate of 52%. The U.S. Bank Law Division is rightfully proud of their staff. Talk about impressive! They cite pro bono work as a priority for both their employees and their company as a whole.

Pictured above are some of the U.S. Bank’s pro bono volunteers. From left to right: Melissa Vermeersch, Sarah Stroebel (Chair), Jeannie Mccarver, Shannon Mahoney (Coordinator), Kyle Bakken, and Nick Richtman.

Encourage your own employees to get involved with pro bono and other volunteering opportunities with VolunteerMatch Solutions.

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Pro Bono Week 2014: Celebrating Work “For the Public Good”

Pro Bono Week 2014 #PBW14 TwitterPro bono. We’ve all heard this strange phrase, but what does it actually mean?

Pro bono comes to us from the Latin “pro bono publico”, or “for the public good”. It’s a special form of volunteering where people use their professional career skills for a good cause.

At VolunteerMatch, we love pro bono. When volunteer roles align with expertise, everyone wins. How? If your company facilitates and encourages pro bono work for its employees, you gain valuable connections with and respect from your community. Your employees gain new ways to practice their skills. And everyone gets to feel the joy that comes with making a difference.

So this week, VolunteerMatch, along with others all over the world, is celebrating this wonderful form of volunteering. It’s Pro Bono Week 2014!

In honor of this exciting week, we’ll spend the next few days highlighting stories from some of our clients whose employees engage in pro bono work. For example, Christie’s created the Arts Assembly volunteer fair, in which their trained auctioneers assist in the planning of benefit auctions. Just this year, they’ve helped with 161 auctions across the world and in turn helped nonprofits raise more than $28 million. Go Christie’s!

Help us celebrate this week by:

  • Exploring #PBW14 on Twitter and sharing your stories.
  • Find a local event, such as those sponsored by Taproot Foundation.
  • Swing by the VolunteerMatch site to find a pro bono volunteering opportunity of your own.
  • Encourage your employees to get involved with pro bono and other volunteering opportunities with VolunteerMatch Solutions.
  • And stay tuned to our blog this week for more stories of people working “for the public good”!
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REinventing Giving & Engagement: A Keynote of a Different Color from Kiva and DonorsChoose.org

On September 18-19, 2014, VolunteerMatch will gather its corporate clients for a day and a half of learning, sharing and networking. The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will feature numerous sessions led by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement thought leaders. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to each of the speakers and what they’ll discuss at the Summit.

Premal ShahName: Premal Shah

Title: President

Organization: Kiva

 

 

Charles BestName: Charles Best

Title: Founder & CEO

Organization: DonorsChoose.org

 

 

About the Session: “REinventing Giving & Engagement”

With our theme of “Transformation. Begin Again.” at the upcoming 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit, there’s a lot that’s out of the ordinary – from the innovative programming, to the exciting location, to the impressive speakers and attendees. This year’s keynote address is going to bring everything to a whole new level.

Get ready for the most unique and interactive keynote session you’ve ever experienced – we’re flipping the traditional keynote on its head. We’re starting out with a surprise right at the start, and then two incredible leaders will discuss their experiences running organizations that have changed the way individuals make an impact.

Premal Shah of Kiva, and Charles Best of DonorsChoose.org, will have a conversation with one another about their approaches to transforming the giving sector. They will also share their advice for where corporate engagement could – and should- go in the future.

As we soak in the transformation happening every day in Detroit, Premal and Charles will put it all into context for us and highlight the importance of thinking differently to find new ways to create impact with our engagement programs.

Whether you’ll be attending the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit in person, or just following along virtually, start thinking now about the questions you have for these two groundbreaking leaders, and how their stories can help you on your own road to transformation.

About Premal Shah

Premal first began dreaming of “internet microfinance” while working at PayPal, the online payments company. In late 2004, Premal took a 3 month leave from PayPal to develop and test the internet microfinance concept in India. When he returned to Silicon Valley, he met other like-minded dreamers and quit his job at PayPal to help bring the Kiva concept to life and eventually to scale. Kiva today raises over $1 million each week for the working poor in +60 countries and was named a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine’s “Top 40 under 40″ list. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University.

About Charles Best

Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey’s “ultimate favorite things” and was named by Fast Company as one of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World,” the first time a charity has received this recognition. For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its “40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business.”

Connect with Premal, Charles and DonorsChoose.org on Twitter, and check out Kiva’s website and their Kiva Zip program, as well as the DonorsChoose.org website.

Learn more about Premal, Charles and other speakers at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit by clicking here!

This year’s event is generously supported by: General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.

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Meet Jake Sanches, a 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Speaker

On September 18-19, 2014, VolunteerMatch will gather its corporate clients for a day and a half of learning, sharing and networking. The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will feature numerous sessions led by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement thought leaders. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to each of the speakers and what they’ll discuss at the Summit.

Jake SanchesName: Jake Sanches

Title: Leverager

Organization: Palantir Technologies

Description of the Session: “REanalyze: What is Your EVP Data Saying?”

Demonstrating your employee volunteer program’s impact internally and externally is critical to its success. While the industry as a whole is still looking for ways to get beyond traditional metrics, some companies are taking it upon themselves to identify outcomes that reflect their priorities, and are looking for new ways to quantify the engagement and impact of their employees. They want new ways to use data to measure and synthesize their success so that they can better tell their stories to leadership, to employees, and to nonprofit partners.

Join Jake Sanches, internal metrics and analytics guru at Palantir Technologies, to discuss VolunteerMatch’s recent metrics benchmarking project. We’ll review our findings and key takeaways, cover industry trends across key metric benchmarks, and discuss metrics analysis in finer detail and how it can be leveraged to drive improved programmatic and reporting approaches. At the end of the session, Jake will provide recommendations and demonstrate examples of ways to increase your use and presentation of data in your communications.

What is one way you’ve transformed your personal or professional life recently for the better?

I recently decided that I wanted to focus on being more present in my life and to be mindful of how I spend my time. One way that I transformed my life in this way was to stop checking work email on my phone before I get to work. I commute from San Francisco to Palo Alto via Caltrain, and instead of using that time to process emails and think about the day ahead, I have chosen to spend that time reading local and international news and commentary. Not only do I find myself less stressed and mentally prepared for the day ahead, but also I am a better-informed citizen of my community.

About Jake Sanches:

Jake works at Palantir Technologies, a big data analytics company that builds products used to solve the world’s hardest problems for government, commercial, and nonprofit institutions. He has worked in strategy and operations, analyzing Palantir’s internal data to inform leadership and drive decision-making around hiring and headcount growth, and he currently manages and analyzes Palantir’s product metrics, working to provide insight to engineering and business development teams about how their customers are using and engaging with their products.

Previously, he worked at Mattersight Corporation in Chicago, where he analyzed customer service interaction data and built customer satisfaction, attrition, and fraud predictive models. Jake is currently a volunteer for VolunteerMatch, lending his data science skills to help with VolunteerMatch’s metrics benchmarking project. He earned his B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis, and he lives in San Francisco.

Connect with Jake’s LinkedIn profile, and follow Palantir Technologies on Twitter.

Learn more about Jake Sanches and other speakers at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit by clicking here!

This year’s event is generously supported by: General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.

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Meet Daniella Lippert & Wendy Hershey, 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Speakers

On September 18-19, 2014, VolunteerMatch will gather its corporate clients for a day and a half of learning, sharing and networking. The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will feature numerous sessions led by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement thought leaders. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to each of the speakers and what they’ll discuss at the Summit.

Daniella LippertName: Daniella Lippert

Title: Program Manager, Volunteering and Engagement

Organization: Marsh & McLennan Companies

 

 

Wendy HersheyName: Wendy Hershey

Title: Principal/Senior Investment Consultant

Organization: Mercer

 

 

Description of the Session: “Reorganize: Building Support through Champions”

In this session, participants will learn how two companies with limited resources developed global, grassroots networks of employee champions to further their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. The discussion will feature three perspectives: one from a CSR professional at a midsize company, another from a CSR professional at a large company with several operating companies, and a third from a current employee champion outside the CSR business function.

Participants will gain insight into the development and growth of both companies’ networks; specifically, the speakers will discuss the genesis of their individual initiatives, the impact they’ve created to date, and how they continue to balance the goals of top-down CSR programs, policies and platforms with the needs, passions and voices of their champions in the field.

What is one way you’ve transformed your personal or professional life recently for the better?

Daniella: Personally and professionally we’re all juggling a lot to be happy and successful in life. We often want/create large goals to achieve; which can feel overwhelming. For myself, I’ve made a conscious effort to transform the way I approach goals. It’s important to enjoy the process. Each day, I “begin again” by tackling tasks that help bring me closer to my goal. This way, I feel like I’ve achieved something every day that I can feel good about.

Wendy: Taking lessons and energy from my work at Mercer and applying it to my position as a new Board member for a local charity.

Connect with Daniella on Twitter, as well as Mercer, and check out Mercer’s page on LinkedIn.

Learn more about Daniella, Wendy, and other speakers at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit by clicking here!

This year’s event is generously supported by: General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.

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Meet Lauren Keeler, a 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Speaker

On September 18-19, 2014, VolunteerMatch will gather its corporate clients for a day and a half of learning, sharing and networking. The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will feature numerous sessions led by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement thought leaders. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to each of the speakers and what they’ll discuss at the Summit.

Lauren KeelerName: Lauren Keeler

Title: Director of Community Engagement

Organization: Apollo Education Group

About the Session: “Refreshingly Awesome Programs!”

We’ll be sharing some of the creative new projects we’re developing for volunteers at Apollo Education Group and GoDaddy that helped breathe life into our programs.

What is one way you’ve transformed your personal or professional life recently for the better?

Traveling! I’ve made it a priority and it’s made such an impact on my life.

About Lauren Keeler:

Lauren works in Corporate Social Responsibility for Apollo Education Group as the Director of Community Engagement. In this role she works developing strategy, identifying and maintaining partnerships and creating service opportunities for employees nationwide while working with nonprofit partners, companies and community leaders to develop company reputation as a leader in service-minded business.

In her six years working in CSR, Lauren has driven an increase in engagement from 5,000 hours logged annually to over 80,000 each year. She is a Points of Light Leadership Faculty and has been a panelist four years in a row at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Lauren is also the President Elect for the Central Arizona Corporate Volunteer Council.

Connect with Lauren on Twitter.

Learn more about Lauren Keeler and other speakers at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit by clicking here!

This year’s event is generously supported by: General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.

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