Nonprofit Pro Bono Project Applications open for Pro Heroes 2015!

Nonprofit Applications for pro bono projects for Pro Heroes 2015 are due December 15, 2014! Selected projects will be announced December 20-31, 2014. Nonprofit Partners: Download the Pro Heroes 2015 application About Activate Good’s Pro Heroes pro bono program In 2013, Activate Good piloted Pro Heroes, an initiative through which Triangle area professionals complete pro bono volunteer projects benefiting chosen nonprofit partners in a designated period of time. Volunteers and their nonprofit partners were highlighted on our blog and social media. That first year, we were able to match 14 professionals or teams of professionals with projects to assist 13 local charities. In 2014, we extended the duration of Pro Heroes and professionals could complete their matched projects throughout the Spring.  We were excited to have 16 nonprofits and 24 professionals involved in our 2014 initiative. The program is also graciously supported by the Cary Community Foundation. Pro Heroes pro bono project results so far Pro Heroes 2013 Total Estimated Volunteer Hours: 367 – 477 Market Value of donated pro bono services to participating causes: $67,670 Pro Heroes 2014 Total Estimated Volunteer Hours: 540-570 Market Value of donated pro bono services to participating causes: $105,010 That’s a total market value of $172,680 to date! Nonprofits: Have Questions? Contact Rose at volunteer@activategood.org Or: Are you a professional or company interested in completing a pro bono project from January – April 2015? Complete our Interest Form HERE and get notified when we’re ready to start matching projects!  ...

Glenn Itliong – Volunteer Management Software Strategist for Urban Ministries

A part of the community for more than thirty years, Urban Ministries of Wake County engages the community to serve and advocate for those affected by poverty by providing food and nutrition, promoting health and wellness, and laying the foundations of home. Urban Ministries offers the community a variety of services and programs. Their Crisis Support Program serves individuals who face food insecurity. Their Open Door Clinic provides healthcare to the uninsured, and the Helen Wright Center provides homes to the homeless. Improving the Volunteer Experience with Software With such a large array of programs and services, Urban Ministries relies heavily on its volunteers — more than 1,500 of them! In order to improve volunteer effectiveness and overall volunteer experience, Urban Ministries plans to implement a new volunteer workforce management software. In need of assistance with evaluating their current volunteer management strategies as well as leveraging their new software and creating new protocols and procedures for volunteer intake that utilized the software, Urban Ministries turned to Pro Hero, Glenn Itliong. Nonprofit Project and Pro Hero: A Perfect Alignment Glenn Itliong is a professional consultant and certified project manager with specialized experience in software implementation, recruitment, and onboarding. Hannah Pettus, Manager of Volunteer Services at Urban Ministries, said that their Pro Hero project with Itliong has “aligned perfectly” with their organizational changes. The project has moved quickly, and Pro Hero Itliong has helped Urban Ministries design a volunteer process flow for their intake and onboarding processes. Itliong also proposed a strategic plan for volunteer retention and recognition, putting together a final presentation for Urban Ministries’ executive team. This volunteer spotlight...

Echos Media Boutique “The Guardians” Shoot Video for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Echos Media Boutique considers giving back to the community one of the core values of their company, and they seek to devote as much of their schedule to small business and nonprofit organizations as possible. Echos Media is a full-service digital media production boutique specializing in creative video and audio production, digital photography, website design, graphic design, social media and marketing strategy development and execution. Their dynamic team, composed of Kimberley & Stephon Basnight, Todd Thomann, Brandon Wright, and Javarrah Peets, believes that, “Doing it right the first time gives us staying power!” About Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Celebrating their 25th anniversary as an organization, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS) pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community. Their organization coordinates food recovery and distribution in the Triangle area through various services and initiatives, such as BackPack Buddies, Mobile Markets, Grocery Bags for Seniors, nutrition education, culinary job training, and agriculture training. IFFS also conducts nutrition education classes for a low-income demographic, in partnership with Share Our Strength, throughout North Carolina. In order to offer these classes, IFFS trains volunteers to teach. IFFS was receiving consistent feedback from these volunteers that a sample video of what one of the nutrition classes looked like would be helpful. Thus, IFFS set out to create a sample video to improve their training classes and to share with potential satellite partners as a marketing tool. “The Guardians” Create a Training Video Pro Heroes Team Echo Medias Media Boutique, a.k.a. The Guardians, were up for the challenge. Together with IFFS, they have identified people to include in the video as well as a location,...

Todd “SnapShot” Jones Captures Success Stories for Dress for Success

Pro Hero “SnapShot Jones” (better known to the community as just Todd Jones) is a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with CAPTRUST who also runs a photography and video production company called KeepingUp Productions. Jones especially loves giving his skills back to the community, and has done several shoots for charities and nonprofits in the past. Jones was particularly interested in Dress for Success “because of their passion for giving a “hand up” to those in-need who are seeking employment and striving for more.” About Dress for Success Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success sees these women through the career process from start to finish – from the time they acquire their first business suit, to one-on-one coaching for how to write a resume and go through an interview, to job placement, and finally to monthly mentoring on job retention once a candidate receives a position. Dress for Success recently celebrated five years as an organization, and in that time has served 5,000 women, with the anticipation to serve 1,750 more in the year to come. Capturing True Success Stories Due to a wonderful experience Dress for Success had through Pro Heroes last year, this year the organization sought photography of their clients and programs to use to promote and raise awareness for their work. Enter Pro Hero Todd “SnapShot” Jones. Describing Jones, Megan Risley of Dress for Success said: We were paired with an AMAZING volunteer, Todd, who...

Virginia Fitt “Super Strategist” Marketing Consultant for PineCone

Virginia Fitt, Super Strategist, is an in-house counsel for GlaxoSmithKline in marketing and promotions, and has worked on multiple marketing and communications campaigns both professionally and pro bono. Fitt’s interest in Americana and traditional music led her to PineCone’s project, and she believes they have “the opportunity to capitalize on both the renewed popularity in traditional music influences and greater ties to geographic sense of place.” Inspired by the Pro Heroes projects, the Super Strategist is actually working on two of them (see her other one here). Fitt shares her enthusiasm for the Pro Hero concept: “Activate Good’s initiative provides access to high-quality volunteer work that allows professionals to share knowledge with organizations doing important work in North Carolina, with a unique project-based approach.” PineCone – Preserving Traditional Music PineCone – The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, Inc. preserves, presents, and promotes all forms of traditional music, dance, and other folk performing arts. As the largest and most active traditional music organization in North Carolina, PineCone seeks to increase the visibility of Piedmont music and to provide public programs and educational resources about cultural expression in the region today. Building Membership & Awareness Across North Carolina While PineCone maintains a large reach across the state, the organization wanted to better articulate its story and increase membership to sustain its slate of free programs. With a small staff and a tight budget, PineCone needed a Pro Hero. Super Strategist, Virginia Fitt, came to their rescue! Fitt put together a marketing plan that aims to increase membership by 10%. She also developed clearer, more compelling messaging that simplifies PineCone’s many programs...