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Celebrating Schwab’s Pro Bono Challenge in Indianapolis

By Common Impact Guest Blogger | Jan 24, 2019

The vibrant energy of the Charles Schwab Pro Bono Challenge makes it one of the…

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Google.org’s Fellowship Program Doubles Down on Skilled Volunteering

By Danielle Holly | Jan 25, 2019

Originally published in Nonprofit Quarterly Last week, Google.org announced an expansion of its pilot fellowship program that will deploy 40–60 of its technologists in three-to six-month stints with nonprofits in need of concentrated support from computer engineers,…

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Common Impact Announces New Initiatives to Build Nonprofit Capacity through Pro Bono Service

By Krista Van Tassel | Jan 22, 2019

Common Impact is launching a model to engage private sector talent in supporting community disaster preparedness and resiliency, as part of a broader expansion of its program models and leadership team. The move is designed to meet the demand of U.S. communities faced with recovery from wild fires, hurricanes, and other disasters brought about by climate change, with long-term preparation and recovery services from catastrophic events.

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Impact at Work: Attracting Talent to Support Financial Education for California Youth

By Lauren Chasanoff | Jan 21, 2019

We had the exciting opportunity to interview Amiko Foster of Youth Finance Institute of America (YFIA), a California-based nonprofit that provides personal finance education programs designed to teach finance life skills to youth in disadvantaged areas.

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Supporting Veterans Through Skilled Service

By Marielle Walter | Nov 12, 2018

This week we celebrate Veteran’s Day and as a tribute to the people who serve in our military, we are showcasing a skills-based volunteer project that supports veteran-owned small businesses. Based in Austin, TX, PeopleFund is an organization that creates economic opportunity and financial stability for underserved entrepreneurs in Texas. Their work touches women, minorities, ex-offenders, members of the LGBT community and veterans by providing access to capital, education and resources to build healthy small businesses and, in the process, improve economic mobility for their families and the community.

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Common Impact, SVP Boston and Impact 2030 Post Strong Results from Citywide Day of Skilled Service

By Krista Van Tassel | Oct 25, 2018

Common Impact, a national leader in skills-based volunteerism, Social Venture Partners Boston, a nonprofit focused on local engaged philanthropy, and Impact 2030, a collaborative that uses corporate volunteerism to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, demonstrated the power of cross-sector collaboration and skilled volunteerism through Skills for Cities Boston, which took place on September 25, 2018 at The Boston Fed.

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The Knitting Factor: Tying it All Together in Celebration of Pro Bono Week

By Krista Van Tassel and Lauren Chasanoff | Oct 22, 2018

Last year we debuted a concept called The Knitting Factor, which helps explain how skills-based volunteering knits together the expertise from the corporate and nonprofit sectors to create sustainable solutions that don’t come undone when partners part ways. We also introduced three key ingredients to the success of The Knitting Factor: Panoramic Perspectives, Skill Sharing and Sticky Relationships. In celebration of Pro Bono Week, we wanted to share a quick review of how the Knitting Factor has worked in practice over the past year.

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Learning from Real-Life Examples: Collaborating to Design a Boys & Girls Club Playbook

By Season Eckardt | Oct 22, 2018

Last week, we partnered with Stanford Social Innovation Review, Charles Schwab and Boys & Girls Club of America to host a webinar around creating long-term sustainable partnerships, or what we refer to as sticky relationships. As a follow up to our webinar, our Senior Consultant, Season Eckardt sat down to reflect on the role she played to deepen the impact of this partnership and help Boys & Girls Club chapters across the US operationalize a common strategic vision.

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Five Steps to Building a Healthy Relationship for Nonprofit and Corporate Partners

By Krista Van Tassel | Oct 17, 2018

Throughout the year, Common Impact has been taking a closer look at The Knitting Factor as a concept that best explains effective skills-based partnerships. Today we explore the sticky relationship component as a way to describe meaningful partnerships between companies and nonprofits that sustain far past an initial volunteer opportunity. Creating these relationships takes intention, time and an appreciation of the knowledge, resources and needs of both parties.

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Creating Long-Term Partnerships that Stick

By Lauren Chasanoff | Oct 11, 2018

If you’ve been following our content this year, you’ve likely heard us mention a concept called “The Knitting Factor,” which brings together three key conditions that enable skills-based engagements between the private and nonprofit sectors to create strengthened, sustainable solutions that don’t come undone when partners part ways. There are three key characteristics that make up The Knitting Factor, but for skills-based volunteering to become truly transformative, organizations need to find the “sticky” relationships that enable companies and nonprofits to drive progress on both mission and business-related goals.

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