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Impact at Work Partnership Spotlight: PENCIL and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Impact at Work Partnership Spotlight: PENCIL and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

By Lauren Chasanoff | Mar 23, 2017

JPMorgan Chase has partnered with Common Impact since 2014 to develop and implement the Virtual Service Corps (VSC), a skills-based volunteering program where employees utilize their talents and expertise to virtually support JPMorgan Chase’s nonprofit grantees in building capacity to serve the community. Through the VSC, JPMorgan Chase has deepened its relationship with its grantee partner, PENCIL, who is the leader in creating innovative and impactful models of collaboration between the business and education communities. This quarter, Common Impact is highlighting the JPMorgan Chase and PENCIL partnership to showcase how skills-based volunteering engagements can deepen a cross-sector relationship. Gregg Betheil, President of PENCIL and three-time VSC participant, shares his perspective.

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Paper to Pro Bono: Connecting your Strategic Goals to Pro Bono

Paper to Pro Bono: Connecting your Strategic Goals to Pro Bono

By Andy Boes | Mar 16, 2017

Mission-driven organizations face significant pressure to funnel resources directly into their client-serving programs, at the expense of investing internally to strengthen their organization’s potential for long-term impact. With uncertainty looming over public funds for social programs, increased demand for services will intensify that pressure, leaving even fewer resources available to build nonprofit infrastructure. This makes the case for engaging in pro-bono ever-more compelling: resource-strapped nonprofits can tap into the well of skills and energy that exists in the corporate sector to fuel much-needed investment in organizational capacity.

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Pro Bono Calculator: Quantifying the Value of Pro Bono

Pro Bono Calculator: Quantifying the Value of Pro Bono

By Lauren Chasanoff and Molly Weinstein | Mar 2, 2017

A couple months ago, we shared a framework for quantifying the value – the benefits and the costs – of pursuing a pro bono project in A Nonprofit Guide to Quantifying the Value of Pro Bono. Since then, we’ve heard from a lot of nonprofits who loved the framework and were eager for a tool to bring it to life for their organizations – allowing for the different structures, nuances, and quirks that make each nonprofit unique. You spoke, we listened!

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Channeling Wisdom: Danielle Holly, CEO of Common Impact

Channeling Wisdom: Danielle Holly, CEO of Common Impact

By Common Impact Guest Blogger | Feb 8, 2017

Danielle Holly, CEO of Common Impact, oversees an organization that designs programs to direct a company's’ most strategic philanthropic asset – their people – to the seemingly intractable social challenges they’re best positioned to address.

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Common Impact and Fidelity Investments Launch  Tech Impact Day in Durham, North Carolina

Common Impact and Fidelity Investments Launch Tech Impact Day in Durham, North Carolina

By Danielle Holly | Jan 27, 2017

Durham, January 27, 2017 -- Common Impact, a nonprofit that pioneered corporate skills-based volunteering is partnering with Fidelity Investments on its 2nd wide scale day of service designed to build the technical infrastructure and know-how of nonprofits in the Raleigh-Durham area. Tech Impact Day will bring together 125 Fidelity technologists to design data, networking and web strategies for 14 local nonprofits, resulting in an anticipated investment of more than $100,000.

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Navigating Change with Skills-Based Volunteering

Navigating Change with Skills-Based Volunteering

By Danielle Holly | Jan 26, 2017

January always lends itself to predictions about hot trends in the year to come. Indeed, if you look up “2017 CSR and sustainability trends” in your search engine right now, you’ll see a collection of insightful articles sharing expert (and of course widely divergent) opinions on what’s in store for us over the next twelve months. This January, though, in the face of a starkly different administration in Washington D.C., the social sector is looking at an even more uncertain, unpredictable climate. This has the Common Impact team thinking less about trends, and more about how to practically navigate the twists and turns ahead.

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