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The Knitting Factor: Tying it All Together in Celebration of Pro Bono Week

By Krista Van Tassel and Lauren Chasanoff | Oct 22, 2018

Last year we debuted a concept called The Knitting Factor, which helps explain how skills-based volunteering knits together the expertise from the corporate and nonprofit sectors to create sustainable solutions that don’t come undone when partners part ways. We also introduced three key ingredients to the success of The Knitting Factor: Panoramic Perspectives, Skill Sharing and Sticky Relationships. In celebration of Pro Bono Week, we wanted to share a quick review of how the Knitting Factor has worked in practice over the past year.

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Learning from Real-Life Examples: Collaborating to Design a Boys & Girls Club Playbook

By Season Eckardt | Oct 22, 2018

Last week, we partnered with Stanford Social Innovation Review, Charles Schwab and Boys & Girls Club of America to host a webinar around creating long-term sustainable partnerships, or what we refer to as sticky relationships. As a follow up to our webinar, our Senior Consultant, Season Eckardt sat down to reflect on the role she played to deepen the impact of this partnership and help Boys & Girls Club chapters across the US operationalize a common strategic vision.

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Five Steps to Building a Healthy Relationship for Nonprofit and Corporate Partners

By Krista Van Tassel | Oct 17, 2018

Throughout the year, Common Impact has been taking a closer look at The Knitting Factor as a concept that best explains effective skills-based partnerships. Today we explore the sticky relationship component as a way to describe meaningful partnerships between companies and nonprofits that sustain far past an initial volunteer opportunity. Creating these relationships takes intention, time and an appreciation of the knowledge, resources and needs of both parties.

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Creating Long-Term Partnerships that Stick

By Lauren Chasanoff | Oct 11, 2018

If you’ve been following our content this year, you’ve likely heard us mention a concept called “The Knitting Factor,” which brings together three key conditions that enable skills-based engagements between the private and nonprofit sectors to create strengthened, sustainable solutions that don’t come undone when partners part ways. There are three key characteristics that make up The Knitting Factor, but for skills-based volunteering to become truly transformative, organizations need to find the “sticky” relationships that enable companies and nonprofits to drive progress on both mission and business-related goals.

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Developing Nonprofit Leaders through Skills-Based Volunteering

By Lauren Chasanoff | Oct 9, 2018

Common Impact is exploring the skill sharing component of The Knitting Factor, as a driver for two-way talent exchange between corporate volunteers and nonprofit professionals. When our partners recognize the knowledge and expertise that both sides bring to the table, it creates an opportunity for real talent development and long-term, sustainable partnerships.

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Common Impact Launches Pro Bono Perspectives, a New Podcast to Inspire Social Impact

By Lauren Chasanoff | Sep 18, 2018

NEW YORK, NY September 18, 2018 — Common Impact, a nonprofit organization that pioneered corporate skills-based volunteering is launching a new podcast – Pro Bono Perspectives. Hosted by CEO Danielle Holly, Pro Bono Perspectives is the latest in a series of new Common Impact initiatives focused on showcasing the people, organizations and ideas that are shaping new models for purpose-driven work.

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Common Impact, SVP Boston and Impact 2030 Announce Skills-Based Day of Service for Boston

By Krista Van Tassel | Sep 13, 2018

BOSTON, MA September 13, 2018 — Common Impact, a nonprofit recognized as a national leader in skills-based volunteerism, Social Venture Partners Boston, an organization focused on engaged philanthropy, and Impact 2030, a collaborative initiative that seeks to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through corporate volunteerism are launching a new model for citywide impact through a day of skilled service.

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Common Impact Expands Leadership Team with Addition of Tara Cardone, Chief Operating Officer

By Krista Van Tassel | Sep 11, 2018

NEW YORK, NY September 10, 2018 — Common Impact, a nonprofit recognized as a national leader in skills-based volunteerism, is expanding its leadership team with the appointment of Tara Cardone as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Tara will be a key partner to Common Impact’s leadership team and Board of Directors as the organization shepherds in the next phase of growth in corporate skills-based volunteerism. This growth will help the organization meet increasing corporate and nonprofit demand for effective skilled volunteer and employee engagement solutions that deliver on business and community goals.

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Turning Data into Stories: S&P Global Volunteers & SARA Share Community Impact

By Marjie Bland | Sep 4, 2018

In June, Common Impact worked with our corporate partner S&P Global to deploy a team of skilled volunteers in Charlottesville, VA. The volunteer team was eager to share their expertise in data management with a nonprofit partner seeking to better communicate their stories of impact through data. SARA or the Sexual Assault Recovery Agency was excited to work with S&P experts to help organize their existing metrics and identify key data to highlight the effectiveness and importance of their prevention and response activities. While we’ve worked on data management engagements in the past, what made this particular project unique was the participation from the of an entirely female volunteer team working with a nonprofit whose mission, although not exclusive to women, was timely and focused on issues critical to women.

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Using Skills-Based Volunteerism to Diversify STEM Leadership

By Krista Van Tassel | Sep 4, 2018

Through our work developing strategic partnerships that engage business professionals to create positive community change, we see two major STEM education challenges that skilled volunteerism can help address. Last week, we wrote about how skills-based volunteerism can help build capacity within the social sector to effectively deliver STEM education. Today we are sharing our perspective on how STEM education and volunteering can increase representation for women and diverse communities in both the social and corporate sector.

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