Having been a part of the Catchafire team for close to 4 years, Iâ€™ve helped to match hundreds of social good organizations with talented professionals eager to give back their skills. In that time, Iâ€™ve learned quite a bit about the benefits of skills-based volunteering (SBV).
If youâ€™re looking into skills-based volunteering as a resource for your organization, here are 4Â reasons why itâ€™s worth the time/effort investment:
- Give your team access to support theyâ€™ve never had. Nonprofits are strapped for time and resources–everyone on the team has lots to do. Â Use skills-based volunteering to potentially take some items off the plate. Â Outsource your individual donor letter or your Salesforce Database customization to a pro bono volunteer and focus your teamâ€™s energy on the work that only they can do. With extra support you can set even more ambitious quarterly goals!
- Use SBV to train your staff into leaders. Leading and managing a skills-based volunteering project is a great leadership opportunity for a staff member. Give someone greener the chance to develop skills in leadership and project management by seeing a pro bono project through from start to finish.
- Learn about a new subject. Skills-based volunteering engagement can teach you about a new subject area Â that. Enlist a skills-based volunteer to help you with a project like a Marketing Strategy and learn from an actual marketing professional in addition to receiving a useful deliverable.
- Meet new advocates for your cause. Many volunteers often stay on as ongoing volunteers or even become board members and advisors! Skills-based volunteering engagements are a way for potential supporters to tangibly give back to your organization and gain a newfound understanding of the work that you do. Use SBV to build those long-term relationships and recruit your next batch of supporters.
About the Author
Denise Chan is currently the Marketing Manager at Catchafire. She was previously a Senior Nonprofit Advisor at Catchafire advising hundreds of organizations on how to best leverage skills-based volunteering to increase their impact for the year. For more information on Catchafire, visit www.catchafire.org.