Through their Community Building Initiative, Accenture arms nonprofits and civic organizations with the strategy, technology, and operational assistance they need to better achieve their missions.
What does this mean? When Accenture teams work with Aidmatrix to improve its supply chain management, a food bank is able to feed more people. By helping Junior Achievement implement a new technology solution, they enable it to communicate more effectively across its worldwide organization. Streamlined business processes and improved technology give nonprofits the solid base they need to achieve new performance heights. For more information, click here.
The Ad Council
The Advertising Council works to create, distribute and promote thousands of public service campaigns with the help of ad agencies who donate their creative talents and with the generosity of the media who contribute valuable ad space and time for free. Made possible by the donations of corporations to fund the general operating expenses, the Ad Council is able to deliver critical messages to the American public on behalf of nonprofit organizations and federal government agencies. Currently, the Ad Council is engaging more than 40 firms in pro bono work.
Founded in 1942 as the War Advertising Council, the organization began as a rallying effort to drum up support for World War II efforts. From their earliest campaigns including Rosie the Riveter and “Loose Lips Sink Ships” to the more recent “Don't Almost Give,” Ad Council PSAs serve as a mirror to society by addressing the most pressing social issues of the day. For example, the Ad Council was instrumental in communicating the need for disaster relief funds and efforts after Hurricane Katrina in 2006. Today, the Ad Council focuses on issues including improving the quality of life for children, preventive health, education, and community wellness. For more information, click here.
Deloitte’s Community Involvement program delivers pro bono work to nonprofits dealing with business challenges. For example, a team of 15 Deloitte consultants developed a data warehouse that dramatically increases efficiency for College Summit, a nonprofit that builds the capacity of high schools to raise the college enrollment rates of low‐income students. As a result, College Summit spends much less time number‐crunching and much more time conducting analysis that allows educators to get more low‐income students to apply to and enter college. For more information, click here.
Ford’s Corporate Salaried Volunteer Program enables salaried employees to voluntarily spend up to 16 hours a year, on company time, working with an approved nonprofit organization. The volunteer work employees experience not only helps their communities, but it also exposes employees to valuable leadership experience. Some of the approved Corporate Salaried Volunteer Program organizations include American Red Cross, Boys Scouts of America, Children's Home of Detroit, Detroit Zoo, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, regional soup kitchens and shelters and many other organizations. For more information, click here.
Working with the Lawyers Alliance for New York, General Electric (GE) established the Pro Bono Partnership to stimulate and encourage pro bono service to nonprofit organizations by corporate counsel. The partnership helps nonprofits that serve poor or disadvantaged individuals and families, civic groups, arts organizations, and environmental or conservation groups provide a wide range of opportunities for attorneys in corporations and law firms to work on rewarding pro bono business and transactional matters. For more information, click here.
Harvard Business School Community Partners
Harvard Business School Community Partners provides Harvard Business School alumni with the opportunity to apply their business and management skills as volunteer consultants working on challenging and worthwhile projects in the nonprofit sector. The organization works to serve the Northern California community by providing free business consulting to nonprofit organizations and to serve HBS alumni in Northern California by providing opportunities for them to channel their interests and skills into community service. HBS is the first school to adopt a pro bono program. The HBS Community Partners program was founded in 1986 and has since grown to become one of the largest nonprofit resource providers in the Bay Area, donating an estimated value of about $1 million in consulting services each year. Since 1986, more than 500 alumni have provided pro bono assistance in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, organizational development, and marketing to more than 200 nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area. The program also serves as a model for similar HBS Community Partners across the country including Boston, New York, Washington DC, Minneapolis, and Miami. For more information, click here.
Over the next three years, through its Corporate Service Corps, IBM will engage more than 1,500 employees and generate $250 million worth of pro bono service to tackling societal, educational, and environmental challenges around the world. The Corporate Service Corps is just one example of IBM’s pioneering work to marry its broader corporate strategy with its corporate citizenship platform. This is the largest pro bono commitment announced since February, when the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation initiated the $1 billion challenge to corporate America to leverage their corporate skills and expertise to improve strengthening the nonprofit sector and improving communities. IBM created the Corporate Service Corps to increase its global influence, improve employees’ leadership skills, help local communities, and foster the economies of emerging markets. The Corporate Service Corps is part of IBM's Global Citizen's Portfolio, a suite of investments and programs to help IBM employees enhance their skills and expertise in order to become global leaders, professionals and empowered citizens in the 21st century workforce. Teams of IBMers with a diversity of skills and drawn from different countries, spend four week assignments working on projects of significant value in developing countries. For more information, click here.
Each major Intel site supports outreach programs that address the priorities and concerns of surrounding communities. Currently, Intel is helping the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) serve Filipinos in need. They are deploying a three–point, multi–phase, multi–year IT infrastructure that includes volunteer and donor management, fundraising, routine administrative and disaster management modules, a new PNRC web presence and the possible deployment of at least two WiMAX–based disaster response kits. Fore more information, click here.
LexisNexis believes that community giving is both an opportunity to play a positive role in our local and global communities and our responsibility as a good corporate citizen. LexisNexis is committed to providing access to justice to the poor and disadvantaged through pro bono work. For more information, click here.
McKinsey & Company devotes at least 5 percent of its labor hours to pro bono work each year and takes on more than 100 pro bono clients annually. Its pro bono approach is decentralized, enabling local McKinsey leaders to select projects that will have the greatest impact on their communities. For example, it worked with the United Way of New York City in the immediate aftermath of September 11th to ensure that the September 11th Fund had the capacity to manage the enormous influx of donations and the ability to maximize the resources that could be raised. For more information, click here.
Since 1998, Monitor Group has donated strategic resources and support to New Profit Inc., a nonprofit venture philanthropy fund that provides multi-year financial and strategic support to social entrepreneurs. Through this partnership, Monitor has donated tens of millions of dollars worth of strategic resources and support involving more than 250 Monitor consultants. Monitor also has other social impact activities that are coordinated through the Monitor Institute, a mission driven social enterprise that pioneers breakthrough approaches to pressing social and environmental challenges through a combination of consulting, initiatives, research, and long-term partnerships. For more information, click here.
Pentagram is an international multidisciplinary design firm whose partners are all working designers: graphic designers, product designers, and architects who collaborate in the creation of graphic, identity, interactive, architecture, interior, and product design. A dedicated commitment to pro bono work has epitomized the firm’s philosophy since it was founded in 1972—today, more than half of Pentagram’s clients are pro bono. Pentagram Design has a conscious commitment to the broader social good and an understanding that “free work” never goes unrewarded. Although international in reach, Pentagram’s work in New York City hits particularly close to home. Its pro bono work for the Public Theater over the past decade has come to redefine the look of the city’s cultural institutions. And just across the street from its Flatiron office is one of its most beloved pro bono projects: the design of the identity and graphics for historic Madison Square Park. Other recent projects include work for the High Line, the elevated railroad-turned-park; the Robin Hood Foundation, whose programs, such as the L!brary Initiative, target poverty in New York City; and the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, whose mission is to end childhood obesity. For more information, click here.
Over the next three years, through its Global Health Fellows program, Pfizer will contribute more than 120,000 hours of pro bono service worth more than $18 million. As a cornerstone of Pfizer’s comprehensive, Pfizer Investments in Health approach to philanthropy, the Global Health Fellows program now in its5th year of operation is a shining example of Pfizer’s active commitment to supporting health system capacity around the world. Since 2003, 171 Pfizer Global Health Fellows have worked with over 30 non-governmental, governmental and multi-lateral organizations in 34 countries to deliver health care and health system support to those most in need. Pfizer colleagues from 25 Pfizer country operations have participated in the program from all levels of management sharing expertise and expanding the reach of healthcare services in some of the hardest to reach places in Africa, Asia, Latin American and Eastern Europe. For more information, click here.
The philosophy of giving, sharing and helping is embraced at every level of the Target organization. Target Technology Services and Target Commercial Interiors collaborated to renovate the call center of National Domestic Violence Hotline, the only domestic violence hotline in the U.S., which has operated in the same space since its inception in 1996. The renovations resulted in improved sound control for greater confidentiality, more functional and aesthetically pleasing work stations, nine new stations and a new supervisor station. For more information, click here.
Xerox offers employees the opportunity to take a 3 to 12‐month paid sabbatical to help nonprofits in their communities. Participants apply their technical, business and personal skills to address a range of social issues, such as advocating for abused children, supporting military families, improving emergency response systems, and more. For more information, click here.