Skills for Cities Spring 2021

Serving nonprofits across the Midwest

Skills for Cities logo Cross-Sector Collaboration. Stronger Communities.

April 21, 2021 | Online

Skills for Cities unites talented corporate and nonprofit professionals for a day of learning, community building, and skills-based volunteering.

Our first Skills for Cities event of the year – taking place on April 21st during National Volunteer Week – is dedicated to building the capacity of Midwest nonprofits as they continue to respond to COVID-19, racial inequity, the digital divide, and other pressing social issues.

Keep reading or download this information sheet to get involved.



“Corporate volunteers, nonprofit professionals, and local leaders: if each of us brings what we’re really good at to the table, then – together – we can build stronger, more resilient communities.”

– Danielle Holly, CEO, Common Impact

Sponsorship Opportunities2020 Event Impact Report


The Need

COVID-19 has created unprecedented health and financial upheavals in our cities. Simultaneously, we are working to maintain the momentum of a civil rights movement protesting the continued violence and injustices afflicted upon Black Americans. Nonprofit organizations have been operating at this intersection for months, providing essential services to rapidly increasing groups of community members.

Just as demand for nonprofit services remains high, so does the need to build the capacity and resilience of these organizations, particularly small- and medium-sized community-based nonprofits.

Nonprofits need new strategies for delivering services, financial sustainability, crisis communications, technology, and human resources. Without them, many vital nonprofits will not survive. In turn, the communities they serve will suffer even greater consequences.


Creating Solutions

That’s where skilled volunteers come in, people who can bring whatever it is they’re already good at – technology, innovation, HR, finance, marketing, operations – and join with nonprofits to rebuild, reinforce, and reimagine their capacity to do good in the communities in which we live and work.

That’s exactly what we’ll do during Skills for Cities. Launched in 2018, Skills for Cities has provided over $360,000 in pro bono services and delivered on the promise to have a lasting impact on local communities. Our Spring 2021 virtual event – hosted via Zoom –  will convene talented corporate and nonprofit professionals for a cross-sector day of skills-based consulting. Nonprofits will gain new insights and fresh thinking for some of their toughest challenges, and volunteers will grow their understanding of the nonprofit sector and their own professional and leadership skills.


Read John Hancock skilled volunteer Eleanor Malloy’s reflections on her Skills for Cities experience.


Join the Movement

Working together, we can bring our individual strengths to bear on the common goal of building more resilient communities. Join us online in April. Come to learn and share, stay to roll up your sleeves and work.

For more information on how to get your company involved, download this information sheet or email Katie Stearns at kstearns[at] Stay tuned for information on Skills for Cities October 2021, taking place during Pro Bono Week.


Access the 2020 Event Impact Report to learn about our most recent Skills for Cities, which was dedicated to racial justice and BIPOC-led organizations.


Thank you to our Skills for Cities April 2021 Sponsors: