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Impact at Work: Wheeler Mission Ministries Project Spotlight

Impact at Work: Wheeler Mission Ministries Project Spotlight

By Lauren Chasanoff | Apr 27, 2017

This month, we’re highlighting a project with a talented team from Charles Schwab and its nonprofit partner, Wheeler Mission Ministries (Wheeler), whose mission is to meet the short-term and long-term needs of homeless, hungry and other people in need in central Indiana. Wheeler's Center for Women & Children operates Restored Creations, a social enterprise run by women from their various long-term programs that produces and sells hand-poured, scented, soy blend candles. We paired Wheeler with a team of Schwab volunteers to develop an interactive financial model that informs the development of a financial and operational strategy to promote sales growth for the Restored Creations Program.

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Impact at Work Project Spotlight: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale

Impact at Work Project Spotlight: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale

By Lauren Chasanoff | Apr 24, 2017

In light of National Volunteer Week, we’re highlighting a project with a talented team from Charles Schwab and its nonprofit partner, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS), whose mission is to provide youth development services that instill strong core values and life enhancing skills in a safe environment. The Schwab volunteers worked with BGCS to identify their top strategic goals and to map out a high-level strategic plan.

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Everyday Diversity

Everyday Diversity

By Danielle Holly | Apr 18, 2017

Earlier this month, I sat in a room alongside 400 nonprofit sector leaders at the Center on Effective Philanthropy’s annual conference – all of us still trying to find our footing in the wake of regressive and unjust social policy announcements from Washington, D.C., and the resulting fresh challenges facing our organizations and the communities we serve. Grant Oliphant, CEP’s Board Chair, opened the conversation with sobering, resonant words.

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National Volunteer Week Twitter Chat: Activating Civic Engagement through Skills-Based Volunteering

National Volunteer Week Twitter Chat: Activating Civic Engagement through Skills-Based Volunteering

By Lauren Chasanoff | Apr 7, 2017

In honor of National Volunteer Week, Common Impact is hosting a Twitter chat on Tuesday, April 25th at 12pm EDT to explore how corporate skills-based volunteer programs activate civic engagement in employee volunteers. Skills-based volunteerism gives employees a chance to roll up their sleeves and truly understand the challenges facing nonprofit organizations and the social sector. The deeper understanding and relationships that are built through skills-based volunteering activate and direct employees passions and talent towards the community issues over the long term – transforming employees into life-long volunteers, board members, and donors.

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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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