The goal is for nonprofit organizations in Germany and worldwide to be able to draw on “pro bono” services to better do their work.
Nonprofit organizations often lack access to professional services. Money is too tight to spend it on legal and financial support, or on marketing and communications. This means that nonprofits are not able to fully exploit their potential and to achieve the aims they have set for themselves, e.g. in the fields of environmental protection, health or education. At the same time, there are enterprises and professionals who would like to donate their skills and professional know-how in the service of the public good. There are still too few initiatives that can serve as intermediaries between both sides and provide professional guidance to pro bono projects.
Building a global network of organizations that broker pro bono services among enterprises, professionals, and nonprofits enhances the quality and professionalism in this field. Professional intermediaries are able to determine the organizational need and define and manage realistic pro bono projects. In addition, they also negotiate the expectations of the enterprises and people involved and ensure the optimal use of the latter’s skills.
The BMW Foundation is a co-initiator of the annual Global Pro Bono Summit, which provides methodological support to pro bono intermediaries, helps them exchange ideas and information on successful approaches and gain access to networks. Outside of the Summit, we support pro bono intermediaries through consultancy, web-based seminars, and teleconferences. Through cooperating with pro bono organizations worldwide, we also want to expose the participants of our Young Leaders Forums to new opportunities for getting involved.
Pro Bono Intermediaries we work with: