Factor 2: Employees
In today’s knowledge economy, employee skills and man-hours are arguably the most valuable assets of a firm. Pairing skilled employees that have an interest in volunteering, together with non-profits that constantly struggle to afford professional services, training, and staff, makes for impactful philanthropy. Providing employees an opportunity to work with non-profits has also been cited to strengthen retention and overall pride in their workplace.
Influence: Skills and competencies
Non-profit organisations rely heavily on pro-bono services to support their operations. Legal support, translation, consulting services, data collection and other similar services are vital to their work but often outside of their budgets. Firms that offer these services as a core commercial business can gift them pro bono to non-profits. In addition, basic competencies such as fiscal management, data analytics and other competencies are also of value and can be offered as training or volunteer hours. There are several intermediaries such as the Global Pro Bono Network that can help pair service providers with non-profit organisations in need.