Common Impact Debuts Handbook at Points of Light Conference to Give Nonprofits a Roadmap to Success in Skills-Based Volunteeering

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Common Impact, a nonprofit organization that brings together global companies and local nonprofits to build stronger communities through skills-based volunteering, has announced the launch of Skilled-Based Volunteering 101: Is Your Organization Ready to Engage?

Common Impact, a nonprofit organization that brings together global companies and local nonprofits to build stronger communities through skills-based volunteering, has announced the launch of Skilled-Based Volunteering 101: Is Your Organization Ready to Engage? The handbook will be available at the Points of Light National Conference for Volunteering and Service on June 7 2011, when Common Impact and the corporate partner that has underwritten the project will conduct a skills-based volunteering (SBV) workshop for nonprofit organizations.

The handbook is part of a three-phase research study of the operational challenges that nonprofits face. Skills-Based Volunteering 101 is a key component in the third phase of the research, which aims to help nonprofits assess their readiness for skills-based volunteering (SBV), as well as tools for measuring the impact of SBV initiatives.

Skills-Based Volunteering 101 also serves as the basis for a workshop that will be led by Common Impact Director of Greater New York Programs Danielle Holly at the Points of Light National Conference for Volunteering and Service. The workshop will be presented at 4:00 pm ET on June 7, 2011, at the conference in New Orleans.

The session, which draws on content from the handbook, will help attendees from nonprofit organizations prepare for implementing SBV initiatives through:

  •     Presentation of a framework that nonprofits can use to approach SBV project impact measurement
  •     Analysis of real-world case studies of nonprofit organizations that have implemented successful SBV projects
  •     Insight and advice on how to prepare for a successful SBV engagement

In addition to providing the framework for the discussion at the National Conference for Volunteering and Service, Skills-Based Volunteering 101 also will be made available to participants at the conference and on the Common Impact website.

“Having interviewed hundreds of nonprofit executive directors, we know that many nonprofits understand the reasons why skills-based volunteering is beneficial, but they often don’t know how to effectively implement an SBV program in their organization,” notes Common Impact’s Danielle Holly. “We believe this handbook will serve as a helpful tool for organizations seeking to make the most out of their SBV programs, and we are deeply thankful to Capital One, whose commitment and passion have helped make this project a reality.”

About Common Impact
Common Impact is a nonprofit organization that connects skilled professionals from global companies to high-potential local nonprofits. Our employee engagement programs match employee-volunteers with nonprofits that need help overcoming key business challenges. This innovative approach to corporate community service enables companies to realize a positive return on their social investment while building stronger teams and developing employee skills. At the same time, this access to private sector talent enables nonprofits to amplify their impact on the constituents they serve. Ultimately, our work helps foster stronger communities wherever those companies operate. Learn more at http://www.commonimpact.org /.

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