A special series on the 5 Giving Tuesdays—a campaign launched by the Case Foundation to celebrate the gift of giving this holiday season. Each week we will feature stories and resources showcasing the different ways you can give back to help you make a greater impact in your community.
Today we’re kicking off the second week of our 5 Giving Tuesdays campaign with a special focus on giving the gift of time—through volunteering and service. We believe the best solutions come when citizens are placed at the center of finding creative solutions to challenges that affect them, their communities, and our society. Service through volunteering can catalyze meaningful change where it matters the most.
Here are two ways you can get involved today!
Commit to Give: Join in on our celebration of giving by entering The 5 Giving Tuesdays sweepstakes and help us to award $100,000 in grants and prizes ($90,000 to nonprofits | $10,000 to individuals)! We invite you to commit to “Give the Gift of Time” and share your own time to volunteer or pick one of the four other featured acts of giving.
New prizes are up for grabs each week! This week 10 lucky winners will each receive a 1:Face Watch. Each watch aims to raise awareness around a specific social challenge with proceeds from the sale of each watch go to a national nonprofit organization.
Make a Pro Bono Pledge: A Billion+Change is a national campaign that is inspiring companies—small and large—to develop meaningful pro bono and skills-based volunteer initiatives in service to nonprofits. So far, more than 500 of America’s favorite brands have pledged more than $2 billion worth of pro bono and skills-based service to tackle tough problems in their communities and around the world – the largest commitment of pro bono service in history. A Billion+Change is housed and managed by Points of Light.
Join the Billion+Change movement by visiting www.abillionpluschange.org. Whether you’re an individual, a company leader or a nonprofit staffer, this website will help you learn more about how to get a pro bono project started.
The Case Foundation’s work to expand the movement for corporations to provide skills-based pro bono to nonprofits began in 2008, when A Billion+Change was launched as a public-private partnership by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, which was chaired by Jean Case.
Pro bono programs provide a way for companies to offer critically needed services to nonprofits, while improving the skills of their employees. Companies that provide pro bono and skills-based volunteerism report increased recruitment and retention rates; improved employee morale, loyalty, and productivity; and enhanced reputations, especially among millennials. Nonprofits gain cutting-edge skills and resources from companies that they otherwise would not be able to afford. Those skills enable them to provide better services to their communities.
This win-win combination means greater impact where it’s needed most in local communities. Share your story of giving with us in the comments section below or on Twitter (@CaseFoundation).