Over the last decade, companies have transitioned from ‘checkbook’ philanthropy to more strategic corporate social responsibility programs and initiatives that create shared value for the community and the business, including programs that leverage one of their core strengths: their employees. Through Global Pro Bono (GPB) programs, companies place highly skilled employees in short-term assignments with local organizations in underserved communities, working with them to build capability and capacity. In turn, these host clients are better able to address community challenges, including health, education, water and sanitation, food and nutrition, gender inclusion and empowerment, and housing, among others.
Included in this report are design questions that we have found helpful for linking specific aspects of GPB programs to the research findings. If you are new to the practice area, we hope these will help you ascertain whether or not Global Pro Bono will support one or more of your company’s strategic goals. If you are a GPB veteran, we hope the study will serve as an effective benchmark, not only for your next round of planning, but also as a way to characterize your work in the context of a broader field for your executive management, and validate why these initiatives are a win-win-win—for participants, for companies, and for the world.
Marieka Walsh, Co-Author, Program Associate, PYXERA Global
Marieka assists in program management of Global Pro Bono projects. Passionate about community health and development, prior to joining PYXERA Global, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique (2013-2015). Her primary work involved health system strengthening and supporting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s HIV prevention, care, and treatment programming at a District Health Center. She enjoys participating in cross cultural exchange programs and in 2012 spent eight months teaching English in the Republic of Georgia. Marieka holds a BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and is pursuing her MA in Public Administration at American University. She is proficient in Portuguese.