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Services for Companies

Our corporate services help you harness the skills and superpowers of your people to create meaningful change for communities, individual volunteers, and your business. Each of our partnerships is fully customized, combining the services and program models that match the company’s goals, culture, and footprint. Whether you are looking to create a new skills-based volunteer program, scale an existing one, or design a volunteer event that can engage employees across the globe, we can help.

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DESIGN & PLAN

Strategic Consulting

For companies looking to start or expand a skills-based volunteer (SBV) program.

ACTIVATE EMPLOYEES

Program Management

For companies looking for expert support in implementing a successful SBV program.

AMPLIFY YOUR IMPACT

Training & Tools

For companies seeking to improve how they run, evaluate, and grow their programs internally.

DESIGN & PLAN

Start or evolve your employee engagement and social impact strategy.

Strategic Consulting

Our consulting services help your company build or evolve an integrated, sustainable skills-based volunteer program that delivers value for your associates, company, and nonprofit partners. We begin by working with you to identify philanthropic, employee engagement, talent development, and training goals. We then design the program, operational strategy, marketing approach, and evaluation tactics to deliver and measure results.

Together, we can build a program tailored to your corporate goals and culture.

ACTIVATE EMPLOYEES

Our team can create and manage a standalone event or ongoing skills-based volunteer program customized to your employee engagement goals.

Program Management

Our program management services support companies and social change organizations in running customizable skills-based programs that range in duration, scalability, and depth. We source and vet nonprofit partners, scope right-sized projects that deliver impact, prepare employee volunteers and nonprofit participants, manage the project or event, and then conduct evaluation and report impact. All models can be successful virtually.

  • Team Consulting – A functional or cross-functional group of corporate volunteers focus on a defined nonprofit challenge. Ideal for talent development and upskilling.
    ~2 hours/week, 6 weeks-6 months,
  • Day Of Service – In a half- or full-day format, employee volunteers provide skills-based consulting to one or more nonprofits, either in a “Flash Consulting” model where a team of 5-8 volunteers with shared skillsets are matched to a nonprofit challenge or a “Pitch Competition” format where multiple cross-functional volunteer teams compete to generate the best solution for a nonprofit challenge. Great for large-scale employee engagement.
    3-8 hours
  • Hotline – The Pro Bono Hotline pairs social impact leaders with skilled volunteers for one hour of advisory support on a sticky organizational challenge.
    1 hour
  • Coaching – A mid- or senior-level corporate employee provides guidance on a specific organizational challenge. This one-on-one model pulls senior leaders out of their comfort zone to apply their deep expertise in a new environment. The nonprofit executive benefits from the functional acumen and external perspective of the coach.
    2 hours/month, 3-6 months
  • Sabbatical – A corporate volunteer provides a nonprofit with full-time, typically on-site support for a period of six weeks to one year. Sabbaticals are a deep investment in an issue area or organization and can be a powerful CSR differentiator for a company as well as a valuable talent and leadership development opportunity for the employee.
    Immersive

Explore program options that fit your needs.

AMPLIFY YOUR IMPACT

Build internal resources and equip employees for success.

Training & Tools

We develop custom training platforms and tools to support companies in running, evaluating, and growing their social impact and employee engagement programs .

  • Toolkits & Technical Assistance – Customized toolkits, checklists, or how-to guides that equip employees to pursue skills-based volunteering individually or with their team.
  • Workshops and Seminars – Add education and inspiration to your roster of offerings. Common Impact can facilitate educational sessions on topics ranging from understanding the nonprofit sector, to skills-based volunteering 101, to translating professional skills to create community change.
  • Board Training – Equip your employees – whether senior execs, emerging leaders, or another targeted group – for effective board service.
  • Board MatchingAdvance talent and leadership development outcomes by matching employees to a nonprofit board.
  • Thought Leadership EventsCurated conversations that elevate visibility for social impact initiatives and deliver valuable learning for employees or a broader audience.

Bring our sector expertise to your employees.

Company Success Stories

success stories

Championing financial literacy through skills-based service during a pandemic

The annual Charles Schwab Pro Bono Challenge is a day of skills-based service designed to tap into Schwabbies’ professional expertise to build nonprofit capacity and create long-term community impact. In 2020, the traditional one-day flash consulting event went fully virtual and was expanded into three week-long consulting…

success stories

East Boston Social Centers Leverages Skills-Based Volunteers from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to promote mental health during COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the country, many Americans are experiencing a mental health crisis too, especially healthcare and frontline workers. At East Boston Social Centers (the Social Centers), a nonprofit that provides afterschool programming, childcare, nutrition, and activities for the elderly, the staff…

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