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Hundreds of Nonprofits Nationwide Receive Deloitte's World-Class Business Counsel and Skills-Based Service on Ninth Annual Impact Day

Submitted by: Deloitte

Categories: Volunteerism, Community Development

Posted: Jun 06, 2008 – 09:00 AM EST


Deloitte Demonstrates Commitment to Workplace Volunteerism with National Day of Service

Jun. 06 /CSRwire/ - NEW YORK,NY,. - June 6, 2008 - Today, tens of thousands of Deloitte employees are setting aside their regular work and contributing their time and business skills to local nonprofits for the organization's ninth annual IMPACT Day, a one-day celebration of its year-round commitment to workplace volunteerism. Deloitte's 40,000+ people are encouraged to engage in a variety of volunteer projects, many of which involve the contribution of their business skills and experience to help nonprofits deal with strategic, operational and financial business challenges.

"While so many nonprofits have sophisticated social missions and programs, they often struggle with the same business challenges as for-profit companies," said Barry Salzberg, chief executive officer, Deloitte LLP. "We believe that the most valuable resource we can contribute to nonprofits is the one we offer our clients everyday — our intellectual capital and business knowledge. Helping nonprofits to become stronger organizations is the most lasting contribution we can make to our local communities."

IMPACT in Action
On IMPACT Day, Deloitte volunteers will participate in more than 700 projects in more than 70 different communities nationwide. Some of these are one-day projects, while many others are kick-off celebrations or continuations of longer-term endeavors.

In more than a dozen cities across the country, Deloitte will turn its offices "inside out" for the day by inviting nonprofit leaders in to participate in a wide variety of business-related workshops and seminars. These centralized events create significant value for multiple nonprofit organizations at once by providing education and training on critical business management topics such as leadership, financial management, business continuity planning and talent management. For example:

  • In Washington, D.C., Deloitte’s Barry Salzberg will be on-hand for an intensive skills-based volunteering event that includes the continuation of a two-year initiative with the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington to develop a strategic plan to establish the nonprofit sector’s roles during disaster response and recovery. Deloitte volunteers will also offer professional development programming for nearly 150 staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Additionally, as part of Deloitte's ongoing commitment to College Summit, a nonprofit organization working to improve college access for low-income students, Deloitte will conduct a workshop with College Summit's senior leadership to address the challenges of rapid business growth and change.

  • In Atlanta, Deloitte is hosting an "IMPACT Summit" featuring leadership and management workshops designed to help local nonprofits strengthen their organizational effectiveness. The seminar topics will be categorized into four educational tracks including Executive Development, Operations Management, Project Management and Skills for Life. Deloitte senior leadership and other hand-selected content experts will be on-hand to help deliver the training to some 150 participants from more than 70 local nonprofit organizations.

  • In Los Angeles, Karen Baker, California's new Secretary of Service and Volunteering, will join Sharon Allen, chairman of Deloitte LLP, who is kicking off the day's activities and volunteering alongside hundreds of employees. The Los Angeles office is hosting the Deloitte Center for Leadership and Community, an innovative series of business workshops intended to increase nonprofit capacity, where Deloitte coaches are providing Emotional Intelligence training focused on staff development. Other workshops in marketing and strategic planning are also being offered. More than 100 nonprofit executives are attending, in total. Additionally, Deloitte volunteers are helping some 200 high school students draft personalized college plans.
A Social and Business Need for Skills-Based Volunteerism
As the nation's overstretched nonprofits grapple with business challenges, there is a significant need for the broader business community to lend its skills to strengthening the nonprofit sector. In fact, the 2006 Volunteer IMPACT Survey found that 77 percent of nonprofit leaders believe they could significantly benefit from volunteers who help them improve their organization’s business practices. Unfortunately, just 12 percent of nonprofits actually work with volunteers in this capacity.

"The primary goal of corporate community involvement is to make a positive social impact on the community," said Evan Hochberg, national director of community involvement, Deloitte Services LP. "However, corporate community involvement is not just 'the right thing to do.' It can be a powerful strategic driver of employee development and business value, while it strengthens our communities. When integrated with business strategy, it's an approach that has multiple benefits."

Through the Volunteer IMPACT Research Series, now in its fifth year, Deloitte advocates that the broader business community explore new ways of thinking about leveraging corporate community involvement to create meaningful social change and business value. The 2008 Volunteer IMPACT survey found skills-based volunteering is a powerful, yet underutilized talent development tool. According to the research, 91 percent of HR professionals agree that skills-based volunteering would add value to training and development programs, yet only 16 percent make it a regular practice to intentionally offer these opportunities for employee development, suggesting a missed opportunity to boost learning in a way that offers substantial benefits.

To further encourage businesses and individuals to actively explore skills-based volunteerism, Deloitte is releasing a series of actionable tips and key considerations on contributing knowledge and expertise to strengthen the nonprofit community. This new resource is available for download at www.deloitte.com. Deloitte's world-class community involvement program is part of the organization’s strong commitment to corporate responsibility.

About Deloitte

As used in this document, "Deloitte" means Deloitte LLP. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.

For more information, please contact:

Lori Grey Deloitte
Phone: (212) 492 2865
Phone: (617) 939 8352


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