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Three Ways Skills-Based Volunteering Challenges Inequity and Fosters DEI

Emily Patrick May 26, 2021

Skills-based volunteering has a proven track record of delivering not just on community impact goals, but also on diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments. Join corporate and nonprofit leaders as they highlight three ways pro bono partnerships can promote DEI internally and in the community.

First: strengthening the social sector. Skills-based volunteering is an effective way for companies to make a lasting impact for racial justice and BIPOC-led organizations. By giving their employees the opportunity to apply their expertise to help solve nonprofit operations challenges and build capacity, companies enable social sector experts to scale their work and impact. Second, pro bono programs are a powerful way to invest in BIPOC talent and can be a valuable leadership and professional development tool for both corporate and nonprofit employees. Finally, these cross-sector collaborations can create transformative learning. Volunteers gain firsthand exposure to racial justice and equity organizations and develop a stronger understanding of the systems and biases that make it harder for BIPOC-led and serving organizations to solicit donations, win grants, secure partnerships, and access the tools and resources they need to fulfill their missions.

In this session, Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly will share several different approaches to skills-based volunteering to advance both racial equity commitments and internal DEI goals. She and her co-speakers will share examples of projects from the past year, providing details on their design, execution, and impact, plus learnings you can apply to your own DEI strategy and partnerships.

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  • Equity & Inclusion

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Skills-based volunteering has a proven track record of delivering not just on community impact goals, but also on diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments. Join corporate and nonprofit leaders as they highlight three ways pro bono partnerships can promote DEI internally and in the community. First: strengthening the social sector. Skills-based volunteering is an effective way for companies to make a lasting impact for racial justice and BIPOC-led organizations. By giving their employees the opportunity to apply their expertise to help solve nonprofit operations challenges and build capacity, companies enable social sector experts to scale their work and impact. Second, pro bono programs are a powerful way to invest in BIPOC talent and can be a valuable leadership and professional development tool for both corporate and nonprofit employees. Finally, these cross-sector collaborations can create transformative learning. Volunteers gain firsthand exposure to racial justice and equity organizations and develop a stronger understanding of the systems and biases that make it harder for BIPOC-led and serving organizations to solicit donations, win grants, secure partnerships, and access the tools and resources they need to fulfill their missions. In this session, Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly will share several different approaches to skills-based volunteering to advance both racial equity commitments and internal DEI goals. She and her co-speakers will share examples of projects from the past year, providing details on their design, execution, and impact, plus learnings you can apply to your own DEI strategy and partnerships.

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Understand how skills-based volunteering and cross-sector partnerships can support equitable outcomes for communities and companies.

Audiences

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Government

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators

Speakers

  • NameDanielle Holly
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationCommon Impact
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameTBD - nonprofit leader
  • TitleTBD
  • OrganizationTBD
  • StatusInvited
  • NameTBD - corporate partner
  • TitleTBD
  • OrganizationTBD
  • StatusInvited
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