We hope that our nation's capital sees this success as an inspiration for what is possible in helping people in the region but also see it as a model for better collaboration and partnership in addressing our national priorities.
Would-be psychotherapist Carolyn Berkowitz helps drive the CSR field from the helm of Capital One Foundation. I met with her recently and had the chance to discuss her own career path and how the business value of pro bono service has made it a core strategy.
Expanding capacity through donated professional services not only helps organizations thrive, but strengthens partnership with the private sector, translating into long-term relationships and even greater incentive for financial investment in the future.
A few years back I was introduced to Catchafire, and it has become a favorite organization. Rachael Chong is Founder & CEO of Catchafire, the nation's leading online pro bono network that connects talent and purpose.
Juma Ventures is an innovative youth development program that helps under-resourced youth achieve their dreams of a college education through a mixture of youth employment, financial asset building, and educational support services.
Benevolent, a Chicago-based nonprofit, works to meet community needs by creating a platform for individuals to give directly to other individuals. Individuals are able to donate directly to other individuals in need, and track progress toward meeting those needs.
While a lot of attention this election season has been given to rifts between right- and left-leaning neighbors, men vs. women, and black vs. white, the most profound and troubling divide in Washington, D.C. is between rich and poor.
By starting their careers doing public service, new lawyers will begin their journey with a humble reminder that while they may be paid by an employer, they have a greater responsibility to the community.
I was recently asked to offer some business advice to a couple of female entrepreneurs. Of course I said, "Yes! I'd be happy to help!" This prompted my husband to ask me how much I would charge for this advice. I demurred, thinking that we women have to help one another.