Skilled volunteering refers to companies and individuals volunteering their professional skills to assist nonprofit organizations. Skills-based volunteering is increasingly popular among Millennials and Boomers looking to make a tangible impact on their community. This type of volunteering takes place in a variety of contexts and can include all types of professional skills including:
Are you ready to volunteer your skills? Visit VolunteerNow! To search our online database for SBV opportunities.
For companies, skills-based volunteering can be a great addition to any employee volunteer program. Studies have shown that offering employees volunteer opportunities can boost morale, build teamwork and enhances a company’s public image. Skills-based volunteering has the added benefit of allowing employees to use core skills in real world situations thus serving as cost-effective professional development.
For individuals, skills-based volunteering can provide you with a chance to expand and sharpen your professional skills. Skills-based volunteering enables you to develop your professional experiences while honing your skills for the workplace. In December 2011, Forbes noted that volunteering is a great way to learn executive leadership skills. As an individual you can leverage your skills to make a positive change in a nonprofit organization while advancing your professional goals.
Pro Bono volunteers are a subset of skills-based volunteers; often, pro bono projects provide nonprofits with expert consulting services that they would otherwise be unable to afford. Typically, pro bono projects directly impact a nonprofit’s internal operations. These projects can be designed in a variety of impact areas based on the nonprofits needs and ability to implement the changes but focus on strengthening the organizations infrastructure and overall capacity.
Pro Bono projects engage volunteers in core competences that all organizations need to be efficient and effective such as:
Pro Bono services are one way that nonprofits are able to secure expertise consulting advice and support which is critical to maintaining a strong, productive organization.
To facilitate the connection with the needs in our community and the desire to give through pro bono and skills-based volunteering the below pinboard was created. Launched in May 2014, the pinboard will slowly begin to change from sample information to the known needs and resources in our community. Instructions for using the pinboard are below.
Business: How do I post my Company’s or Individual Pro-Bono & Skills-based Services?
If you are a company interested in offering up your services, please click here, and we will post your services anonymously within 3-4 business days. Once your skills have been posted, they will be viewed by nonprofit professionals, who will then contact Volunteer Fairfax. If the scope of their need matches up with your business's interests realting to your employees skills and pro bono offerings we will contact you with their information.
Nonprofit & Public Organization: How do I post my Pro Bono & Skills Based Needs and/or How do I Respond to Services Offered?
If you are interested in having a project posted, please login to your Volunteer Fairfax account to fill out an opportunity online, being sure to complete the Skills and Certifications sections. We will review and approve your request within 3-4 business days. Once your request is approved, we will post it to our website, where it will be viewed by companies and individual professionals.
If you are not currently a Volunteer Fairfax member or are interested in learning more about posted pro bono and skills based volunteering services, please contact us.
Note: It is important to think through your organizations readiness to leverage skills based, pro-bono volunteers before you recruit a volunteer or a volunteer team. These volunteers can provide transformational help, however it requires a certain amount of infrastructure and planning to make these volunteer(s) work a valuable investment for your organization. For guidance on how to be ready for pro bono services (including scoping, securing, managing and scaling,) please use TapRoot Foundation’s step-by-step online guide.