A Billion + Change is a swiftly growing national campaign to inspire billions of dollars of pro bono and skills-based services from businesses in 2013.
Dozens of VolunteerMatch clients and partners have signed on to A Billion + Change, and recently VolunteerMatch itself committed to continue supporting our network of companies with solutions and services that make it easier to manage pro bono initiatives.
What’s motivating so many companies and nonprofits to pledge to do more with pro bono? What are the major challenges and opportunities ahead for pro bono service? How is A Billion + Change transforming how businesses leverage their employees to make a lasting impact on society?
In our March Best Practice Network webinar, Jennifer Lawson, Executive Director of A Billion + Change, will be in conversation with VolunteerMatch’s Robert Rosenthal. They will discuss how any individual business can make a difference — but 500 companies, working side-by-side, can change entire communities.
About Our Speakers:
Jenny Denney Lawson is the Executive Director of A Billion + Change, a national campaign to mobilize billions in skills-based and pro bono services from the corporate sector by 2013. She comes to A Billion + Change and Points of Light from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now C2ES) where she led Make an Impact, a global campaign focused on energy efficiency and environmental awareness among employees at some of the nation’s largest companies.
Prior to that Jenny served as chief of staff at the Nature Conversancy’s national headquarters, leading initiatives to engage corporate thought leaders in sustainability efforts. Her career began with community development and affordable housing advocacy in northern Virginia where she served as the founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Housing Solutions. Jenny is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Leadership Training program of Duke University and the Nature Conservancy.
Robert Rosenthal is Vice President of Communications & Marketing at VolunteerMatch, where he leads the public relations, marketing, social media, membership communications and thought leadership activities for the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network. Robert joined VolunteerMatch in 2006 and has helped the San Francisco-based organization double in size while delivering more than $2 billion in social value during that time.
He’s a frequent public speaker on issues related to technology, social good, pro bono service, cause marketing and nonprofits, including recent appearances at SXSW, Social Media Week, Nonprofit Technology Conference, National Conference on Volunteering and Service, Goodpitch and Netsquared. He’s originally from Tucson, Ariz. You can find Robert on Twitter @volmatchRobert.