More and more, professionals want to contribute their skills to volunteering opportunities that make an impact. Skills-based volunteering is increasingly popular, but 54% of nonprofits will not be able to meet the demand for professional services help this year. Where is the disconnect?
For individuals, it is likely the “missed connection:” individuals who want to volunteer, and nonprofits who need skilled volunteers, may not get a chance to meet. For companies, enabling employees to do pro bono services can be limited by the need for effective project management to ensure quality results for community partners.
This panel discussion addressed how tech platforms for volunteering can help.
Greg Baldwin, President, VolunteerMatch
Greg Baldwin is the President of the award-winning VolunteerMatch service -- the Web's largest volunteer engagement network. Greg joined the founding team in 1998 as its Chief Imagination Officer to build a website to make it easier for good people and good causes to connect. Today, as President, Greg oversees the expansion of a network that is already serving 99,000+ nonprofits, 150+ enterprise clients, and a quarter of a million interested volunteers a week. Since 1998 the VolunteerMatch network has helped the nonprofit sector engage more that $5.4 billion worth of volunteer services. Greg completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University in 1990 with a degree in Public Policy.
Joel Bashevkin, Executive Director, Taproot Foundation
Joel Bashevkin has been the Executive Director of Taproot Foundation, Bay Area for 7+ years. Additionally, in partnership with the BMW Foundation, he serves at Taproot’s Director of Global Pro Bono. With a focus on building a strong pro bono marketplace both locally and globally, he leads the effort to engage business professionals, nonprofits and corporations in high quality, impactful pro bono engagements. During his 30 years in the nonprofit sector, he has led and consulted to organizations undergoing tremendous growth and organizational development. Joel holds an MA in Planning and Nonprofit Management from Tufts University.
Meg Garlinghouse, Head of Social Impact, LinkedIn
Meg Garlinghouse leads the Social Impact programs at LinkedIn. In this role, she is responsible for identifying partnerships and programs that leverage the LinkedIn platform to create positive social impact for the world. Garlinghouse has nearly twenty years of experience working in the technology and philanthropy sector. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Garlinghouse spent almost 10 years building and leading Yahoo!’s global community relations function. She also has a background in international development, working for the Asia Foundation, World Bank and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. Garlinghouse received her Bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University and a Master's in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She currently serves on the Boards of Volunteermatch and Zynga.org.
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