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Skills for Cities

Common Impact’s signature day of service model brings together nonprofit leaders and corporate volunteers to collaborate on capacity building projects. Working across companies and across sectors, teams generate solutions to help those nonprofits do more good in their communities. Join us in April 2022 for the next Skills for Cities!

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October 2021

According to a recent study from Benevity, 80% of U.S. employees believe it is the responsibility of companies to take action to address racial equity, but nearly half have not seen or do not know if their companies are doing so. And only 26% of employees say their companies have fulfilled their public racial equity commitments.

Skills for Cities – our signature day of service – is a chance to take action to advance racial and digital equity, in visible and tangible ways and in collaboration with corporate peers and nonprofit leaders from across the country.

In the last year, nonprofits have been vital resources helping their communities and stakeholders survive. And yet, research shows that most nonprofits spend only 2-8% of their budget on essential infrastructure like HR, finance, technology, strategy, and marketing. Building out that core capacity is critical to delivering on their mission, especially for BIPOC-led organizations who are too often underfunded and under-resourced.

That’s why our October 2021 Skills for Cities – a day of skills-based “flash” consulting – was exclusively dedicated to building the capacity of BIPOC-led, racial justice, and digital inclusion organizations.

Creating Solutions

During Skills for Cities , teams of skilled volunteers from participating companies will bring whatever it is they are already good at – vendor selection, financial modeling, digital marketing, HR management, operations planning – and join with nonprofit leaders to reinforce the capacity of the organizations to create stronger, more equitable communities.

Working together, we can bring our individual strengths to bear on the common goal of advancing racial equity. Nonprofits will gain new insights and fresh thinking for some of their toughest challenges, and volunteers will grow their own professional skills and their understanding of the nonprofit sector. In the last four years, Skills for Cities has provided more than $600,000 in pro bono services.

Learn more about the Skills for Cities experience through the eyes of a John Hancock volunteer and check out the 2021 event impact report for a snapshot of the day.

Our next Skills for Cities event will celebrate National Volunteer Week by bringing skills-based volunteering to Charlotte in April 2022.

Thank you to our Fall 2021 sponsors!