Q: What is skilled volunteerism and how does it fit into our community investment program?

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Q: What is skilled volunteerism and how does it fit into our community investment program?

A: Companies making service-based contributions, in addition to financial ones, strengthen or expand nonprofit partnerships and increase their impact. That is what we refer to as ‘skilled volunteerism’. It is about companies thinking beyond writing checks to contributing their unique skills and services where there is a need in the community.

Companies interested in contributing skilled volunteers can start by taking an inventory to determine where there is a community need and what they are uniquely qualified to offer. This is often a way smaller companies hoping to make a big difference can get started. If you develop software, how can your IT expertise help a nonprofit in delivering its mission? If you are a law firm wishing to attract and retain new associates, empower them to provide pro bono services to causes they care about. Or if you’re a construction company, partner with a charity needing a new facility. And if you want to go one step further, engage all of your partners, vendors and subcontractors for even greater impact.

These are just a few examples of best practices related to skilled volunteerism. The saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way,” certainly applies here. If your company has the desire to invest in the community, start by contributing your time and talents.

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