As many of us know from the pictures of food pantry lines that wrapped around blocks early on in the pandemic, food insecurity rose rapidly over the past year. In the face of that need, amongst many other rising basic needs, the business community reconsidered many of its long-held beliefs on community impact and saw the crisis as a way to shape new approaches to social change.
The Charles Schwab Pro Bono Challenge is an annual skills-based volunteer event in partnership with Common Impact that taps into Schwabbies’ professional expertise to build nonprofit capacity and create long-term community impact.
“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.
Host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly is joined by Jim Alvey, Director of Partnerships at Good360, for a conversation on disaster relief, COVID-19 and the importance of needs-based donations – giving the right product at the right time to serve people effectively. Good360 is a “matchmaker” of in-kind products that connects companies with unused or excess products to nonprofits that need them in order to respond to disasters in their communities.
How to leverage virtual service and disaster resiliency to safely continue your skills-based volunteering
Last month, Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly shared a clear call to action: “Now is the time to plan and adapt, not pull back." Since then, our team has been working with Danielle to accelerate and expand our virtual skills-based volunteer models for companies and design resiliency-focused needs assessment and project scoping tools for nonprofits. We've created some first-look resources your team can use to help navigate skills-based volunteerism during the COVID-19 pandemic:
The “New Normal” - Impact, Innovation and Work-Life Balance During COVID-19
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Cheryl Timoney, Salesforce.org’s Senior Director of Tech for Social Impact, joins Pro Bono Perspectives host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly to discuss Salesforce.org’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including ongoing pro bono support for nonprofit and education partners. Cheryl reflects on how this moment in time has made clear the power of virtual volunteering, both as a disaster response tool and a democratic way to engage employees for good.
Preparing for a potential coronavirus outbreak in your area
As news and anxieties surrounding COVID-19 spreads rapidly, Common Impact is working closely with our partners to ensure that their skilled volunteering efforts can continue while keeping volunteers safe.
Reflecting on Trends in Volunteering, Philanthropy, Corporate Activism and Disaster Resiliency
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In the season 1 finale of Pro Bono Perspectives, host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly looks back on more than a year of social impact conversations with insightful, inspiring change leaders across sectors and industries.
Common Impact's Pro Bono Week 2019 was an action-packed stretch of flash consulting events where skills-based volunteers across the nation lent their professional expertise to help local organizations solve business challenges and build capacity. As our celebrations come to a close, we want to take a moment to thank our corporate and nonprofit participants for their enthusiasm, ingenuity and dedication to strengthening their communities. Here’s a recap of what Common Impact and our partners accomplished during Pro Bono Week 2019!