“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen’s famous words were a source of comfort for Pro Bono Perspectives host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly – and many of us in the social impact field – during this difficult year.
As someone who started her career in the non-profit sector, I know first-hand that making meaningful impact on a daily basis can be a struggle. There is no doubt that good intention, vast intelligence and valuable skills are not lacking in the current employee base of non-profit organizations but I believe the ability to attract and pay the experienced talent they need to magnify and grow their non-profit remains a challenge.
Pro Bono Week 2020 came at a time of unprecedented difficulty and uncertainty, but in spite of that – or even for that very reason – it produced some of the strongest, most inspiring, and most necessary cross-sector collaborations we’ve ever witnessed. Corporate, public sector, and nonprofit professionals participated in everything from webinars and conferences to skills-based volunteering projects ranging a day or a week or several months, all in the name of better supporting their communities through COVID-19, racial injustice, and intractable societal challenges.
It’s Pro Bono Week! But this one looks unlike any other we’ve experienced before. Instead of large skilled volunteering events or gathering by the hundreds in event spaces for keynotes on social impact, we’re logging on to video calls from our homes or mostly empty offices. Handshakes have been replaced by waves on screens. Digital breakout rooms are the new space for collaboration.
Wendy John, the new Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Fidelity Investments, joins Pro Bono Perspectives host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly to discuss the rapid growth in corporate DEI positions in the past several years and the added urgency these programs have taken on in 2020.
Dana Castro, HP’s Worldwide Education Manager, and Justin van Fleet, Executive Director of GBC-Education, join Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly as we continue our exploration of the digital divide and education equity. We're in the midst of a back-to-school season where many children - over 17 million(!) - can't even participate in the new virtual education environment due to lack of access to computers or sufficient Internet.
August 31, 2020 /3BL Media/ - According to a new report from Common Impact, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nonprofit organizations is staggering and the skills and expertise of corporate employees are a critical part of restoring and sustaining the sector.
Annual Skills-Based Volunteer Event to Engage 400+ Fidelity Employees in 81 Nonprofit Projects
August 26, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Common Impact, a nonprofit recognized as a national leader in skills-based volunteerism, is partnering with Fidelity Investments to expand the company’s fifth annual Impact Week. This nonprofit consulting event invites Fidelity Investments employees to apply their business expertise across multiple disciplines – including marketing, HR, strategy, finance, client relations, tech, data, and operations – in service of their communities.
Ami Dar is the Founder & Executive Director of Idealist.org, the top resource for finding jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities with nonprofit organizations. In this episode, Ami joins host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly for a conversation on how COVID-19 has impacted the private and social sectors – and why not everything should go back to the way it was.