Advancing the Pro Bono Dialogue

Two studies have revealed that nonprofits are increasingly looking to corporations for pro bono and skilled volunteering to help offset a decline in financial donations. The findings also suggest that leaders in the field of corporate philanthropy are stressing the need for a standard value of pro bono services, and elimination of the barriers to effective use. Taproot Foundation\'s Pro Bono Action Tank (PBAT) and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) released a study [...]

EVP Program Advice: Holiday Giving and Setting Goals for the New Year

The holiday season and new year are right around the corner. Is your EVP ready? Here are some VolunteerMatch client examples and ideas for making the most of this spirited season and preparing your program for the coming year: Use the holiday season to ring in the New Year with positive energy. Clients like General Mills have begun sharing company-wide holiday volunteer projects through a special event, \"2010 Holiday Opportunities,\" including events with Second Harvest, Adopt-A-Family, and other national nonprofits. If you prepare a calendar for the year, or just the season, employees will know [...]

Client Spotlight: LexisNexis Spirit Week

VolunteerMatch helps over 130 companies engage employees or consumers in service. From time to time, we spotlight their programs with the hope of inspiring others and celebrating their hard work. Does your company have a story to share? Let us know! On September 23rd, over 2,800 LexisNexis employees across the United States participated in 129 volunteer projects to assist local nonprofit and charitable organizations as a part of the LexisNexis Annual Spirit Week [...]

“Creating Change” with Pro Bono: A Q & A with Discovery Communications

Most people are familiar with Discovery Communications for the award-winning work of its entertainment and news brands, including Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, TLC, and Treehugger. The Silver Spring, Maryland, company also has a strong commitment to social responsibility. Inspired by its first ever global service event last June, \"Discover Your Impact Day,\", this December the company will launch an innovative program to deliver pro bono expertise to nonprofits, called “Discovery Impact: Creating Change”.[...]

A Best Practice Webinar Recap: Making Disaster Relief Count with Effective Partnerships

Corporate-nonprofit partnerships that are developed, evaluated and tested far in advance can play a key role in effective disaster response. If your company is planning new partnerships, what should you be looking for? That\'s the question we explored on 9/23 during the second of a two-part Best Practice Network Webinar series on disaster relief and preparedness. Both parts featured VolunteerMatch corporate clients and nonprofit partners discussing the role of their relationship as they sought to engage employees in disaster response [...]

Client Partnerships Sears, Rebuilding Together, and The Nashville Floods

We\'re often inspired by the creative collaborations and effective giving efforts of our corporate partners. This month, Rebuilding Together Nashville, an affiliate of the nationally-recognized nonprofit affordable housing developer Rebuilding Together, partnered with another VolunteerMatch client Sears Holdings to reconstruct hundreds of homes that were severely damaged by floods in the Nashville area earlier this year [...]

How To Start An Office Volunteer Group With Little Time and Resources, And A Lot of Good

Yes, I understand you’re busy. With work, the family, tasks that need to be done - - there just isn’t time to volunteer. Well, what if I told you that, with only a handful of people and one or two lunch-hours a month, you could establish and run a volunteer group for your office? I know, sounds like an Infomercial pitch. But it’s true, and I’ve done it. Case in point: Kia Motors America. With a simple goal to encourage Kia’s 500+ employees to serve the community, a group of 10 employees banded together to form a “Kia In Action Volunteer Committee” [...]