Volunteers with business, finance, technology, and other crucial skills are helping many nonprofits with tasks they could never afford to hire an employee to do.
But charities that want to use pro bono help need to work hard to ensure they are providing meaningful opportunities for their volunteers. Otherwise, they run the risk of alienating volunteers and embarking on important projects that never get completed.
Read the transcript below of a live online discussion about how nonprofits, big and small, accomplish ambitious projects using skilled volunteers. The discussion includes examples of how nonprofits save money and improve their operations by attracting volunteers with skills the organization could never afford.
Aaron Hurst is founder of the Taproot Foundation and author of Powered by Pro Bono: The Nonprofit’s Step-by-Step Guide to Scoping, Securing, Managing, and Scaling Pro Bono Resources (Jossey-Bass).
Megan Kashner is chief executive and founder of Benevolent, an organization that matches donors with people who need aid. The group became a reality because of the donated skills of many professionals.
Read an opinion piece Aaron Hurst wrote for The Chronicle.