A Skills-Based Volunteering Call to Action
Pro bono – short for pro bono publico, "for the public good" – is defined by the Taproot Foundation as professional services (marketing, legal guidance, human resources, technology, and so on) donated to nonprofits to further their missions. It also offers certain benefits for volunteers.
By reading this post you’ll learn how skills-based volunteering can:
Offer a good alternative to cash donations
Create personal and professional networking opportunities
Add substance to your resume
Increase your community impact
You, as an experienced business professional, have the opportunity to help nonprofits advance their missions using your specialized skills. You may be asking, “But I volunteer all the time! What more do you want from me?” Great question! The answer is, pro bono service is different. Nonprofits have a lot of needs—sometimes what they need is a fence painted around their community center. But often, what they really need are business services. Marketing, HR, technology—these are all critical for a nonprofit to function effectively, but are often too expensive to hire for. So, before you spend your time painting that fence around the community center, consider ways to maximize your value by giving what you’re best at!