The Power of Pro Bono

Have you ever wondered how you could take your organization to the next level with pro bono support?

Join us for a free training workshop on July 22nd.  This workshop will feature the Readiness Roadmap, a one-stop show designed to help nonprofits navigate and manage skills-based volunteering. 

Consider this: 79 % of nonprofits - nearly eight in every ten organizations - spend 2 % or less of their operating budget on supporting key infrastructure. In comparison, service companies spend 20 % of their budget to build a healthy infrastructure by investing in human resources, information technology, marketing, operations and other functional expertise.  This is a nonprofit capacity crisis. Fortunately, pro bono service has emerged as a way to bring the unmatched skills and expertise of our nation's business community to our nonprofit sector.

Pro Bono volunteers are a subset of volunteers, who volunteer within the framework of skills-based volunteering.  Often, pro bono projects provide nonprofits with expert consulting services that they would otherwise be unable to afford.  Typically, pro bono projects directly impact nonprofits' internal operations.  These projects can be designed in a variety of impact areas based on the nonprofit's needs and ability to implement the changes but focus on strengthening the organizations infrastructure and overall capacity. 

Pro bono projects engage volunteers in core competences that all organizations need to be efficient and effective such as: Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Organizational Development, Marketing and Communications, Finances and Accounting, Information Technology, Logistics, Fundraising and Program Management. Pro bono services are one way that nonprofits are able to secure expertise consulting advice and support which is critical to maintaining a strong, productive organization. 

Pro bono engagements are very different from some more "traditional" volunteer opportunities such as clean-ups or basic administrative tasks.  These opportunities require skilled management and readiness on the part of the nonprofits to effectively engage and make the most of skilled volunteers.

Speakers will take you through each stop on the Roadmap to explore resources that will help nonprofits:

  • Improve their readiness to receive pro bono support
  • Identify their skills-based volunteering needs
  • Find the right skilled volunteers
  • Scope and manage a pro bono project
  • Evaluate project success and
  • Share pro bono successes.

The Readiness Roadmap was developed by Capital One Financial Corporation, in partnership with Common Impact, Points of Light and Taproot Foundation.

Agenda:

9:00-9:30 AM Registration & Networking

9:30-10:45 AM: Readiness Roadmap Workshop

10:45-11 AM: Break

11AM-Noon: Panel Discussion

Ready to kick start the process? 

  1. Select "Take Your Organization to the Next Level" below.
  2. Log in or create a profile to register. * If you have never logged in to Volunteer Fairfax's system you will need to create a basic profile (first name, last name and email address)*

 

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