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Submitted by: Points of Light
Posted: Oct 11, 2012 – 08:00 AM EST
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 /CSRwire/ - Building on the momentum of World Food Day this October, A Billion + Change and CSRwire are organizing a free webinar to spotlight the innovative ways that businesses are helping to fight hunger and support food security at home and in developing countries through skills-based volunteering.
Whether it’s lending the know-how to improve food aid distribution systems in Japan, giving technical assistance to small farmers and food processors in east Africa, or teaching students in the U.S. about healthy eating habits, how are businesses stepping up to end hunger and malnutrition through pro bono service at home and around the world?
Is skills-based volunteerism emerging as a key element in solving global crises and collaborating with public and private enterprise? Moderated by CSRwire's Editorial Director Aman Singh, the webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:00pm EST and will feature a thought-provoking dialogue between:
Increasingly, companies are integrating skills-based volunteer programs into their community involvement strategies as a way to engage their employees and allow them to use their professional skills to help nonprofits improve and sustain their operations. In many cases, the value of these services in areas such as general operations, technology and professional services can be 500 percent greater than the value of traditional volunteerism.
To date, more than 235 companies have pledged to create or expand pro bono programs as part of A Billion + Change, a national campaign to mobilize billions in skills-based volunteer services from corporate America by 2013. These pledges reflect a total commitment of nearly $1.9 billion worth of pro bono services given to nonprofit organizations.
About A Billion + Change
A Billion + Change is a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono and skills-based volunteer services by 2013. It was launched by the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2008 and continues as an initiative of the federal agency. Reinvigorated in 2011 with expanded leadership under the honorary chairmanship of Senator Mark Warner, it is now housed and managed by Points of Light. The initiative is powered by the support of Deloitte, HP, the Case Foundation, IBM and Capital One with additional founding support from State Farm, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and Morgan Stanley. Learn more at: www.abillionpluschange.org.
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