The Value of Giving Back: 1st Source Bank

It’s Pro Bono Week 2014! Join us in celebrating the amazing volunteers who donate their professional skills to great causes. This week’s final featured company: 1st Source Bank.1st Source Bank Volunteers at Super Saturday

As many a cheesy song or cliché politician has reminded us, the children are our future. As it turns out, kids are pretty smart already. The nonprofit Junior Achievement knows this, which is why they teach entrepreneurial and financial skills to children.

Also, as it turns out, professional bankers know quite a bit about finance. This is why 1st Source Bank partnered with Junior Achievement to put their pro bono thoughts into actions. 31 bank employees recently spent a day at an elementary school introducing children to financial literacy. Bank employees called the experience valuable for them – not just the kids!

1st Source Bank also participates in other pro bono activities, such as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Super Saturday (pictured above), where they partner with the United Way to offer tax preparation and filing for free. Giving back to their community is one of 1st Source Bank’s core values, which is evident in the fact that over 45% of their employees are active volunteers. Last year, employees volunteered 27,000 hours, equal to about $600,000. Talk about giving back!

Thank you to 1st Source Bank and the other companies that engage in pro bono work. You truly are role models. Pro Bono Week 2014 may be coming to an end, but we don’t want the momentum to stop! VolunteerMatch makes it easy to set up your own employee volunteer program and encourage pro bono work. Find out how.

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The Important Thing We Can Learn From MUFG Union Bank

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: MUFG Union Bank.MUFG Union Bank Volunteers at JA Finance Park 2014

The employees at MUFG Union Bank, or MUB, recognize something important. A concept so important that it’s the driving force behind Pro Bono Week. They recognize that volunteering their specialized professional skills is one of the most impactful contributions they can make to society. That’s why they created their annual Financial Literacy Campaign. During this three-month campaign, employees go out into their communities to teach financial education. They make presentations and facilitate workshops that equip their neighbors with skills to manage their own finances. In 2014’s campaign, MUB employees volunteered over 4,200 hours to this awesome pro bono endeavor.

But it doesn’t stop there. These amazing folks do pro bono work year-round with nonprofit partners in their communities. While the focus is financial education, employees offer their skills in all kinds of areas. All in all, MUB employees have tracked 42,000 volunteer hours this year alone.

Looking for an easy way to track your company’s pro bono impact? Visit VolunteerMatch Solutions today to get started.

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Challenge Your Employees to Go Pro Bono: A Lesson from Morgan Stanley

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: Morgan Stanley.Volunteers from the Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge

Morgan Stanley doesn’t just encourage its employees to volunteer. It challenges them. The Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge pairs some of the company’s best workers with 12 nonprofits for eight weeks. During this time, the groups work together to assess and improve the nonprofits’ business and financial strategies. The final result is a plan complete with tangible next steps and tools for future success. The results are invaluable, but if you had to put a price on it, it would be… $6.8 million. This five-year total is equivalent to 45,000 hours of pro bono work.

But it’s not just the nonprofits that benefit. Morgan Stanley employee David Kosh, who participated in the program in 2013, claims the experience was “eye-opening, educational and inspirational”. He learned about the nonprofit sector, gained professional connections, and improved his own skills. Pro bono work, along with other types of volunteering, is truly a win-win arrangement.

Want to be the next Morgan Stanley in terms of pro bono excellence? Visit VolunteerMatch Solutions to learn how to get your company’s employees volunteering.

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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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