A Different Type of New Year’s Resolution: Volunteer!

January 29, 2014Alexis Denny

The Top 6 Benefits of Volunteering with the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation’s HR Pro Bono Corps

Are you looking for a meaningful way to give back and use your professional expertise to help others in 2014? Consider joining the CSOD Foundation’s HR Pro Bono Corps. Founded in 2010, this signature program matches HR professionals with non-profits in need of consulting. All projects are carefully scoped and volunteers are matched to a non-profit organization and project that meets their availability, interest, and skills.

The benefits of volunteering with the HR Pro Bono Corps go far beyond the feel-good factor. It also helps your company and your brand in the following ways:

  1. Expands awareness of your brand. Volunteering with the Corps creates brand awareness through pull marketing—critical word of mouth—as volunteers, donors, and board members begin to see your company as more than just a provider of products and services.
  2. Expand skills and competencies. An HR Pro Bono Corps project allows HR Professionals to practice their skills, and managers can use the opportunity to broaden team and leadership capabilities.  These projects can be used to address learning and development initiatives as volunteers strengthen leadership, communication, time management, and planning skills.
  3. Earn credits toward your PHR or SPHR credential. Qualify for up to 5 recertification credits per year from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) when you volunteer your time with the Corps and complete a project-based consulting assignment.
  4. Engages Your Employees. With the coming war for talent and shrinking labor pool, keeping new hires and tenured employees engaged and committed is critical to your bottom line. A Corps project connects your employees with your company’s mission and community.
  5. Become a leader in creating social impact. Organizations must continually find new ways to create positive, long-term impact in their communities. By helping a nonprofit solve a critical human resources challenge, your organization steps into a leadership role as not just a business—but a business invested in the health and sustainability of its community.
  6. Be part of a growing pro bono movement and network. Nonprofits and businesses are realizing that skill-based support can be more effective than traditional volunteering. Companies worldwide are joining a rapidly expanding group of like-minded organizations helping to advance social change. When Michelle Golden, Vice President of Talent Management at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., volunteered with the HR Pro Bono Corps to help a Louisiana charter school network create a performance review process, she found the experience incredibly meaningful: “[The project] enabled us to invest our time and skills in work that will have a sustainable impact on the organization and the community. It was an opportunity to dedicate ourselves to something that will last.” 

HR Pro Bono Corps Projects range from two to three-hour coaching engagements to 20-hour project-based engagements. 

If you are interested in learning more about HR Pro Bono Corps and how you can add value to your company, employees, and community through volunteering, please contact us at foundation@csodfoundation.org.

About Alexis Denny

As Director of the Nonprofit Empowerment Program, Alexis Denny is responsible for building and supporting the foundation's global portfolio of capacity building services, including the HR Pro Bono Corps and Gift of Learning.

Previously, Alexis worked in... more

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