A Billion + Change and Points of Light
Team Up With the Super Service Challenge to Showcase Pro Bono Service
To celebrate National Pro Bono Week in 2013, A Billion + Change and Points of Light teamed up with Dave Lindsey’s Companies with a Mission and his colleague, Drew Brees’ Dream Foundation, to offer business professionals the chance to showcase their pro bono service support for nonprofits of their choice. Since, the Super Service Challenge has awarded hundreds of nonprofits that receive pro bono support with gifts of several million dollars as well as volunteer recognition such as Super Bowl tickets and national media attention.
The History of A Billion + Change
A Billion + Change began in 2008, when more than 150 top corporate government and non-profit leaders were convened by President George W. Bush at the White House for The Summit on Corporate Volunteerism. The summit identified the benefits to companies of providing pro bono and skills-based services and spawned an initiative led by a group of visionary activists like Aaron Hurst, formerly of the Taproot Foundation, and the Chair of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, Jean Case.
A Billion + Change engaged executives across the country to lead transformational change in corporate community involvement. Companies, large and small, answered the call to serve by lending their best skills and talent to the nonprofit sector. Within five years, the campaign inspired the largest commitment of pro bono service in history with more than 500 companies delivering over $2 billion worth of skills-based and pro bono volunteer service to help nonprofits address critical community needs.
Key facts behind the Billion + Change campaign include:
More than 500 companies have pledged more than $2 billion worth of pro bono services — the equivalent of over 6,400 full-time employees — to tackle the tough problems and pressing needs of nonprofits and communities.
The top three pledge states are: Pennsylvania, New York, Texas and California, with 46, 43, 35 and 30 pledges respectively. The D.C. Metro Area has the most pledges.
50% of pledges are small businesses, 3% are mid-size, and 47% are large companies.
The top five pledge industries are: architecture and design, communications/PR, financial services, technology and professional services.
The top three impact areas are: education, youth, community revitalization and the environment/conservation.
The initiative is powered by the support of Deloitte, HP, the Case Foundation, IBM, Capital One and MWW with additional founding support from State Farm, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and Morgan Stanley and is an original initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Learn more at: www.abillionpluschange.org.
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