Professions in Service
Articles and book excerpts on this subject
- Crew sacrifices rest, relaxation for bay volunteer work (US Navy)
- Finding Pro Bono Help through Board Recruitment from ReSolve, Inc. (2007)
- Give Away Business to Build Your Desktop Publishing Business
- Giving Back: Pro Bono Accounting Services, by William E. Shafer, L. Jane Park and Alice A. Ketchand
- A People Lens, an interview with Volunteer Vancouver about their innovative engagement of highly-skilled pro bono volunteers.
- Pro Bono FAQ - definitions and answers to key questions, from the Corporation for national and Community Service
- Pro Bono / In-Kind / Donated Services for Mission-Based Organizations When, Why & How? by Jayne Cravens
- Skilled-Volunteering 101: Is Your Organization Ready to Engage? A report from Common Impact surveying 185 nonprofits about tapping the business community (2011).
- Volunteer Security Pros Launch Free Vulnerability Database
- What Volunteers Need: A White Paper, by the Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Task Force of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Free electronic books on this subject
Nonprofit Readiness Toolkit for Pro Bono Volunteering
Actually an online "course" with downloadable components (information, checklists, and more) to develop a process for building on an existing volunteer program and to anticipate how to best manage these specialized volunteers. From the Corporation for National and Community Service (2009). Free registration required to access the materials.
Power Skills – How Volunteerism Shapes Professional Success
2006 study by Womens Way in Philadelphia shows how critical business skills, like problem solving, coaching/mentoring, and public speaking are developed and improved through volunteerism.
Working with Technical Volunteers: A Manual for NPOs
TechSoup Global handbook for recruiting, matching and managing technical volunteers, particular for assignments in Web design. The 60-page handbook is available as both a Microsoft Word document and as a PDF. Rev. 2009.
Web sites with useful information on this subject
Pro Bono Project
The Association of American Law Schools has made pro bono work by law students a special project and this report outlines why.
Rules and policies regarding pro bono service expectations by lawyers.
Institute of Architects
Information on their pro bono philosophy and projects.
Marketing Association Foundation http://themarketingfoundation.org/
Division of the AMA with the mission to be an essential resource to nonprofits, helping them achieve greater success through effective marketing.
Society of Landscape Architects
Gives an annual community service award for "sustained, pro bono service to the community demonstrating sound principles or values of landscape architecture." See 2009 winner: http://www.asla.org/AwardRecipient.aspx?id=23194
Society of Civil Engineers
Support community service projects.
Association Forum of Chicagoland Resources
Articles on the management of professional societies. Full isssues of their journal Forum and archives available free online, along with a blog.
Bankers without Borders®
An initiative to recruit people with finance skills to volunteer support to microfinance and technology sector developmentsaround the world. Sponsored by the Grameen Foundation. Also see the Points of Light case study on this initiative.
Pro Bono Unit (UK)
Site established to support and coordinate pro bono legal work in the UK . Specifically see the "Bar in the Community" page: http://www.barprobono.org.uk/?cID=bic_home.
Be Powered by Pro Bono
Site designed to guide companies through setting up a pro bono service, from Taproot Foundation.
A Billion + Change
Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, A Billion + Change is a three-year campaign designed to define and encourage pro bono service by for-profit companies, donating professional services to nonprofits needing such consultations.
Technology assistance for community-based organizations and schools.
CPAs for the Public
Volunteer accounting service in Illinois.
The Pipeline, Profession & Practice: Community-Based Dental Education Program operates under the auspices of the National Program Office (NPO) located at the Center for Community Health Partnerships at Columbia University Medical Center . It is funded to expand dental services to poor and underserved populations.
Financial Services Association
Information on Pro Bono opportunities in the Financial Planning field.
Pro Bono Project
The Foundation for Understanding and Enhancement connects professionals in many fields with service projects.
Give an Hour
Helps mental health professionals donate their services to U.S. military personnel and families affected by current conflics in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Volunteer corps of professional engineers supporting the local capacity of rural communities in developing countries to influence public infrastructure and environmental protection.
Connects skilled professionals with Australian charitable organizations in need of pro bono assistance.
Started in 2006 by an American dental and medical student, in recognition of the need for a free portal to connect health professionals (or all kinds) to volunteering opportunities around the world.
Improving Support - Time & Talents Network http://www.improvingsupport.org.uk/resources_by_topic/volunteering/uploaded_ resources/news/time__talents_network.aspx UK site focused on "skills-based employer supported volunteering brokerage schemes."
International Volunteer Network of Chicago http://www.ivnc.org Stimulates networking and volunteer opportunities in and between Chicago's business community and its large international diplomatic community.
Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders
Since 1971, some 15,000 MSF volunteers have provided medical relief to the victims of natural disaster and war in over 80 countries. When medical relief is not enough to save lives, volunteers speak out and advocate on "forgotten" and "hot news" issues alike.
Association of Asian American Professionals http://www.naaap.org/
The largest and fastest growing Asian American professional organization in the U.S. and Canada , "forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, and community service."
National Pro Bono Resource Centre ( Australia ) http://www.nationalprobono.org.au/
Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.
Pro Bono Action Tank
Established in 2008 by the Taproot Foundation, the Pro Bono Action Tank works to enable the business community to engage in pro bono service, develop standards to ensure high-quality service delivery, and make it easier for all public benefit organizations to access the expertise they need to achieve their missions. The Pro Bono Case Studies are of special interest.
Pro Bono Volunteering Resources
Compiled by the Resource Center of the Corporation for National and Community Service, this page links to a wealth of learning materials on pro bono volunteering, including the Nonprofit Readiness Toolkit for Pro Bono Volunteering.
Project Management Volunteers (PM-V)
To "mobilize the project management community in order to generate high value, skilled volunteer project management services for the Not for Profit community and charitable organizations."
Reach...Skilled Volunteers http://www.reachskills.org.uk/ "The skilled volunteering charity," offering UK organizations the chance to request professional skill services from volunteers. Includes TrusteeWorks to assist the board process.
Convention Management Association
Helps event organizers incorporate community service into their programs.
An initiative in partnership with Volunteer Match (Australia) to encourage volunteering by those in the professions.
Taproot Foundation - Knowledge Center
Taproot is focused on encouraging pro bono donations of professional services. Here are articles and research reports about business and professional community engagement.
UN-sponsored online volunteering program in which skilled volunteers around the world help others in developing countries to apply and build capacities in information and communication technologies (ICT).
Pro Bono Australia News
Pro Bono Junkie's Blog
A blog for those interested in integrating the pro bono ethic into their careers — giving their time and talent to strengthen nonprofit organizations.
Realizing Your Worth
Thoughts on Corporate Social Responsibility and corporate volunteering by Chris Jarvis in Canada.
Relevant Hot Topic essays
- The Treasure Trove of Knowledge Philanthropists - Feb '13
- The Drive towards “Highly-skilled” and “Pro Bono” Volunteering - Jul '09
Online training for individuals, organizations or corporations to work successfully with volunteers. Learn more