21NTC Session

Leveraging Skills-Based Volunteers for COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery


History demonstrates that the year after crisis can be especially hard for nonprofits; the impact lingers, but elevated support doesn’t. One way for nonprofits – particularly smaller or BIPOC-led organizations that have historically been overlooked for service and giving opportunities – to build their capacity to recover and rebound from the double pandemic of COVID-19 and systemic racism is leveraging skills-based volunteering.

Join Common Impact’s Chief Program Officer, Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald, for a conversation about how nonprofits of all sizes and mission areas can engage in skills-based volunteer projects that build resiliency, even in a virtual environment. Using the latest version of Common Impact’s “COVID-19 Nonprofit Impact Report,” Elizabeth will share the wide variety of pro bono project models available, including the “hotline” model, which is particularly effective for nonprofit leaders who need strategic support, but are strapped for time due to dramatically increased demand for their organizations’ services.

Session Type

60 minute session

Learning Outcomes

  • Leverage skills-based volunteering (SBV) for immediate and long-term resilience-building needs
  • Design a targeted SBV program for your nonprofit’s mission area and crisis response type
  • Make the case to your leadership, Board, and/or staff about why SBV is worth time & effort during COVID-19

Target Audience

Organization & program leaders –particularly at smaller nonprofits– looking for capacity building support on the road to COVID-19 recovery


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March 25, 2021


8:30am – 9:30am