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A Billion + Change
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.
Reinvigorated in 2011 with expanded leadership under the honorary chairmanship of Senator Mark Warner, A Billion + Change is now housed and managed by the Points of Light Institute. It is powered by a leadership council that includes the CEOs of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Deloitte, HP, the Case Foundation, and IBM, all of whom provide strategy and direction for the initiative. The companies whose CEOs make up the Leadership Council also fund the initiative, with additional support from Morgan Stanley, State Farm and McKenna Long & Aldridge.
Why Pro Bono? Why Now?
A Billion + Change is a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono service from corporations to nonprofits to address core issues that communities face across the country and around the world. It was launched at the height of the “great recession,” an especially difficult time for both nonprofits and businesses, and it remains vital today. Nonprofits face increased difficulty raising money while confronting a greater demand for services, and businesses must increasingly find more cost-effective ways to recruit, train, and retain employees who expect their companies to be engaged in communities in a responsible way.
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.
Make a Pledge
A Billion + Change has mobilized over $1.7 billion in pledges for pro bono service with the help of commitments from over 75 companies. Pledge companies range in size from small businesses with fewer than 10 employees, such as GothamCULTURE, to large organizations such as Deloitte and GE. The Billion + Change team can help any company develop a pledge for pro bono that fits with its culture, size, and goals.
Join the Billion + Change movement by making a pledge at www.abillionpluschange.org. Partner companies pledge to create, increase, or expand a pro bono service program over the next two years. Partners’ commitments will be combined to help A Billion + Change reach its goal of $2 billion in pledged pro bono from 500 companies by the end of 2013.