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Causes: Civil Rights, Computer Science, Science & Technology, Technology

Mission: Common Impact is a nonprofit organization that connects skilled professionals from global companies to high-potential local nonprofits. Our employee engagement programs match employee-volunteers with nonprofits that need help overcoming key business challenges. This innovative approach to corporate community service enables companies to realize a positive return on their social investment while building stronger teams and developing employee skills. At the same time, this access to private sector talent enables nonprofits to amplify their impact on the constituents they serve. Ultimately, our work helps foster stronger communities wherever those companies operate. Our mission is two-fold: to help high-potential nonprofit organizations better meet their missions by connecting them to a community of engaged, skilled professionals; and to return business value to companies seeking unconventional solutions to engaging and developing tomorrow’s leaders.

Results: Since its founding in 2000, Common Impact’s programs have logged an estimated 9,000 hours of skilled volunteer time and generated more than $6 million in net new resources for the social sector, delivering a 7:1 social return on investment. In total, Common Impact has matched over 150 nonprofits to over 400 employee-volunteers from 15 leading companies such as CA, Cisco, Fidelity Investments, Genworth Financial and State Street Corporation.

Target demographics: High-potential U.S.-based nonprofit organizations addressing critical issues in health care, housing and education.

Geographic areas served: Boston, MA; New York City, NY; Richmond, VA

Programs: The organization provides implementation services to companies that want to outsource their skills-based volunteering projects and company sponsored talent development projects. It matches employee-volunteers with nonprofits that need help overcoming key business challenges in areas such as it, marketing, hr, finance, and operations. Sample projects include: skills-based volunteer program management - common impact develops, implements, and manages skills-based volunteering programs for teams of corporate employees and high-potential nonprofits.

strategy consulting - common impact partners with companies to design, pilot and launch strategic enterprise-wide employee engagement and training programs that create value for businesses and the community.

education and training - common impact develops training platforms and toolkits that enable companies and nonprofits to effectively form and sustain cross-sector partnerships, build and grow skills-based volunteer programs, and build the leadership capabilities of their organizations.

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