Anmol is the Board of Directors for a growing Boston-area nonprofit, Urbanity Dance, that inspires, engages, and emplowers individuals and communities through the art of dance and movement.
I had been a supporter of the arts for quite some time and was always interested in the theater, art, and music while I was growing up. Four years ago, I met Betsi Graves, the founder of Urbanity Dance and was really impressed by what she and the organization had already accomplished. I joined the Board at a point where the organization had no employees, no office, no studio. ...Read more
Common Impact was really my first introduction to Skills-Based volunteering. I had heard of pro bono in the legal profession, but it didn’t become real to me until I knew of this specific opportunity in my community.
As I was learning more about the potential of Skills-Based volunteers, I started thinking about how it could be helpful in building the capacity of Urbanity Dance during a critical time in the organization’s lifecycle. Urbanity was growing financially and getting a bit more complex. ...Read more
I work at a large company and I really enjoy my work – but I am a tiny cog in a really big wheel. For corporate Skills-Based volunteers, working on a nonprofit project with a tangible goal provides an opportunity to see the impact you’re having on an organization. And, when you’re working towards that goal with a team of your colleagues, there’s a sense of camaraderie built up between team members that may not have worked together before. It reengages you in your work. It puts a magnifying glass on the skills you already have and develops new skills.
The two pro bono projects that we’ve done were very important to the organization. We didn’t have the expertise, time or budget to implement them ourselves. At the same time, our own staff members grew their skills as a result. They developed a different skill set that they didn’t have before, functional areas that they didn’t have and made them even more effective in their jobs. So, not only did we get these projects accomplished – we built up our own longer term capacity to sustain the organization.
We could have done a better job investing time in the project at the beginning. We would have spent more time upfront planning, scoping, and ensuring we were available to answer the team’s questions. We also would make sure we were looking not just 3 or 6 months ahead, but 2 or 3 years ahead. On our second project, we were able to put forth more time upfront to understand the scope of the project and make it work even better than the first.
I’d talk to other nonprofits that have utilized Common Impact or other organizations that have taken on a Skills-Based volunteering project. It’s so important to understand the time that is involved and the effort needed to manage a team. It requires an honest assessment with the board and the staff to figure out why you are seeking this help and why it’s important.
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