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Pro Bono Perspectives S2E8: COVID-19 - Stories From Nonprofit and Business Leaders Fighting for Our Communities

Michelle Jackson, Human Services Council; Amy Sample Ward, NTEN; Lucy Darragh, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Published 04-15-20

Submitted by Common Impact

Clockwise from top left: Danielle Holly, Common Impact; Michelle Jackson, Human Services Council; Amy Sample Ward, NTEN; Lucy Darragh, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Pro Bono Perspectives Special Episode - COVID-19

This special episode of the Pro Bono Persepctives podcast explores the impact COVID-19 has had on nonprofits, corporate social responsibility programming and volunteerism. Host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly interviews social impact leaders across sectors for a comprehensive look at what nonprofits and companies are experiencing as they respond to the pandemic.

Featured are Michelle Jackson, Acting Executive Director of the Human Services Council, whose nonprofit is providing resources and capacity-building support to the human services organizations that provide vital services during crises and every day; Amy Sample Ward, CEO of NTEN, who walks us through the quick decisions she and her team had to make in March just days before they were to host their annual Nonprofit Technology Conference; and Lucy Darragh, Director of Citizenship for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, who speaks to the significant investment the insurance company has made in responding to COVID-19 and how it has lowered costs and barriers to healthcare services.

To learn more about how your organization can respond to or seek support during COVID-19, visit

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With a deep understanding of both mission-focused and business goals, Common Impact enables growing nonprofits to achieve even greater results in our communities; while simultaneously engaging corporate employees in dynamic and challenging opportunities that develop their skills and unlock successful, purpose-driven careers.

Since 2000, Common Impact has partnered with Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of the country’s leading nonprofit organizations to create this transformational change. Learn more about Common Impact

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