Episode 21: Skills-based volunteering as a function of CSR

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"We've got this dormant capacity-building resource in the skills and talents of corporate employees that, when deployed effectively, provides benefits to the community, nonprofits, and to the professionals themselves. It's there, and it's just a matter of waking it up and connecting it with the right organization." - Danielle Holly

Two paths operate in parallel.

On one path, a corporate leader wakes up, goes to work, and deploys the skills she has been building over the course of her education and career. On another path, a nonprofit leader wakes up, goes to work, and deploys the skills he has been building over the course of his education and career. What keeps these paths separate? Capacity.

The nonprofit sector is charged with saving the world, yet it pursues this mission facing constant limits to resources and capacity. While corporate companies often spend 20-35% of their budget on infrastructure--talent and leadership development, technology, innovation--nonprofits have an average of 2-5% to spend on those infrastructure-building functions. Yet the resource disparity between these two paths can be closed through an innovative approach to CSR: skills-based volunteering. Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly explains on this episode of Re-Quilibrium.

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