Pro Bono Volunteering

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Pro Bono Volunteering

  1. 1. Effective Engagement of Pro Bono Volunteers Great Talent for the Greater Good
  2. 2. Welcome <ul><li>Presenters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>David Roll, Founder, Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation and senior partner, Steptoe & Johnson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gretchen Van der Veer, Acting ED, President’s Council for Service and Civic Participation & Dir. Leadership Development & Training, Corp. for National and Community Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eleanor Rutland, COO, Venture Philanthropy Partners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who’s Who in the Room? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s Your Hope for Take-Away? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What We Hope to Accomplish… <ul><li>Participants will: </li></ul><ul><li>Understand how business and professional services can benefit nonprofits/social entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>Understand how nonprofits/social entrepreneurs can partner with business and professional services </li></ul><ul><li>Gain and share best practices on both sides </li></ul><ul><li>Provide input on how to better facilitate more pro bono, better matches and greater benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Where to go if you’re looking for a partner </li></ul>
  4. 4. Background <ul><li>What is pro bono? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional quality services delivered in the public interest without the expectation of fee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2008 Pro Bono Roundtable </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsored by the Taproot Foundation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Harnessing talent and value at the intersection of business and nonprofits” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2008 ABillion+Change Campaign, President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Background (cont.) <ul><li>Is this a new concept? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No. Pro bono publico is Latin phrase meaning “for the public good.” Has been around for many years in legal profession. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasingly seen in marketing, technology, and strategy consulting firms. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recently becoming more and more structured part of corporate social responsibility efforts. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Current State of the “Supply” <ul><li>Legal profession (extrapolation to other professional services firms) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State of PB in large American law firms before meltdown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effect of the current economic meltdown on PB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supply of pro bono or low cost lawyers is way up </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Current State of the “Supply” (cont.) <ul><li>Corporate America </li></ul><ul><li>80% of US corporations provide financial contributions to nonprofits </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2009 Deloitte Survey </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>50% of US corporations provide business skills/pro bono (up from 42% in 2008) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2009 Deloitte Survey and Indiana University Survey </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Business leaders “get” that new strategies are needed to help communities adapt to new technologies, knowledge, & skills </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2008 Business Civic Leadership Center Report </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Big Companies more likely to use a wider array of community investment strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2008 Business Civic Leadership Center Report </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Current State of the “Supply” (cont.) <ul><li>Corporate America (cont.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic crisis and President’s Call to Service fueling new interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Innovation Fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Millenials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Billion+Change campaign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>President’s Council for Service and Civic Participation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Three year effort kicked-off in December 2007 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>23 Corporations have pledged $500 million worth of pro bono to date </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Current State of the “Supply” (cont.) <ul><li>Current Contributors to A Billion+Change </li></ul><ul><li>Accenture </li></ul><ul><li>Booz Allen Hamilton </li></ul><ul><li>Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd </li></ul><ul><li>Capital One </li></ul><ul><li>Citi </li></ul><ul><li>Deloitte </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneur Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>General Electric </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard Business School (HBS) Community Partners </li></ul><ul><li>IBM </li></ul><ul><li>Intel </li></ul><ul><li>ING Americas </li></ul><ul><li>KPMG </li></ul><ul><li>LexisNexis </li></ul><ul><li>Manning Selvage & Lee </li></ul><ul><li>McKenna Long & Aldridge </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor Group </li></ul><ul><li>National Geographic Society </li></ul><ul><li>Pfizer </li></ul><ul><li>Public Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Taproot Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Target </li></ul><ul><li>UPS </li></ul>
  10. 10. Current State of the “Demand” <ul><li>Interest and commitments on the supply side are up, is there an equal demand for the increased supply? </li></ul><ul><li>Are nonprofits benefiting from the increased interest and availability of pro bono consultants? </li></ul><ul><li>How are nonprofits / social innovators making use of partners in the corporate and professional services sector? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Current Environment <ul><li>Increase in Supply of Resources </li></ul>Increase in Demand for Services in the Nonprofit Sector Tightened Budgets of Nonprofit Sector (due to Resource Constraints) Greater Demand for Pro Bono Resources?
  12. 12. The Challenge <ul><li>Few nonprofits think of pro bono resources as a form of currency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporations generally provide financial contributions to nonprofit, but few provide the business skills/knowledge of their workforce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporations view financial donations as more effective than skilled volunteer support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nonprofits value monetary donations greater than skilled volunteer support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nonprofits and Corporations better equipped – and more culturally aligned to manage cash gifts </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. The Challenge (cont’d.) <ul><li>Contradiction between value placed on skilled volunteerism and the alignment between supply and demand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant makers’ efforts to contribute skilled volunteer support are not in sync with value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nonprofits state a greater need for skilled volunteerism – but efforts to seek it are inconsistent with need </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Barriers to giving and receiving pro bono services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of infrastructure and capacity to manage and train volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perception that there is no demand for skilled volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of knowledge among nonprofits in securing pro bono projects </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. VPP Engagements
  15. 15. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Biggest problem – 501c3s </li></ul><ul><li>Flakey Lawyers/Flakey clients </li></ul><ul><li>The problem of offering “free” services </li></ul><ul><li>Social entrepreneurs sometimes don’t fit the PB guidelines of law firms </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciation of cultural differences </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing long-term relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Finding right lawyer with right expertise </li></ul>
  16. 16. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Fit is important </li></ul><ul><li>Align expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify scope </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure expertise and opportunity are in sync </li></ul><ul><li>Project vs talent gap </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for exit </li></ul>
  17. 17. Lessons Learned (cont’d.) <ul><li>Transfer knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Quantify value </li></ul><ul><li>Engage the Board </li></ul><ul><li>Put it in writing </li></ul><ul><li>Create a pipeline of opportunities </li></ul>
  18. 18. Existing Resources <ul><li>LawForChange ™ </li></ul><ul><li>Billion + Change page http:// www.nationalserviceresources.org/probono </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Partnership page http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/program-management/corporate-partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>www.Serve.gov – for volunteering opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediary organizations (Taproot, Common Impact, Venture Philanthropy Parners, etc._ </li></ul>
  19. 22. What Resources are Needed? <ul><li>Matching service? </li></ul><ul><li>What would it look like? </li></ul><ul><li>Other tools or technologies? </li></ul><ul><li>What can be done to better facilitate the effective engagement of pro bono volunteers on behalf of nonprofits or social entrepreneurs? </li></ul>
  20. 23. Thank you! <ul><li>Gretchen Van der Veer </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>David Roll </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Eleanor Rutland </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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