Step Out of Defined Roles to Change the World

Each day in India more than 2 million non-governmental organizations (NGOs) provide critical services to the country’s 1.2 billion people. That equates to roughly 1 NGO for every 600 people. Indians rely on NGOs to provide many essential services, often filling the gap for government institutions. However, because many NGOs operate on a shoestring budget, they struggle for access to talent with strategic business skillsets to optimize and scale their efforts. This is where pro bono consultants from the private sector can have a transformative effect on local organizations.

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit in on a strategy session for an NGO in Mumbai in which an outside team of pro bono consultants provided valuable business perspectives and insights. The team was comprised of employees from JPMorgan Chase and IBM’s Corporate Service Corps (CSC) who worked with the Kherwadi Social Welfare Association, one of the leading providers of vocational training in India. 

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