If resting weary trekking legs at a 5-star hostel in a National Park sounds idyllic, or if you'd rather be walking the West Highland Way, check out some of the charities supported by our Pro Bono network for an inspiring weekend away.
One month into the role of pro bono executive, Elaine Crichton helps explain what pro bono activity involves and provides some examples of the sort of matches recently made between ventures and supporters from the pro bono pool.
In addition to running the finance and accountancy recruitment firm iMultiply Resourcing,our guest blogger, Kirsty MacKenzie is also a Trustee of My Adventure which is a social enterprise and the trading arm of Muirhouse Youth Development Group (MYDG) and Chair of one of Action for Children's commitees. Read about Kirsty's experience of balancing her work and trustee committments and the way her company, iMultiply, helps Inspiring Scotland's ventures.
This week (19 - 25th October) is pro bono week. A week which celebrates the pro bono ethic across all professions and the positive difference this then makes to society.
Every year thousands of people around the world volunteer their professional expertise in marketing, legal services, HR, strategy and IT to support charities. Although more widely celebrated in the US, we think the level and impact of our pro bono supporters justifies us marking it too.
At the end of February in San Francisco, I attended the Second Global Pro Bono Summit which brought together around 150 people involved in providing pro bono
support to charities. The aim of the Summit was to foster new and deeper relationships among the Global Pro Bono Fellows and across other sectors and industries.
It was an international gathering, arranged by the Summit partners, the BMWFoundation and Taproot Foundation, with representation from Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East. I had the privilege of representing, Inspiring Scotland, and the UK, which was an invitation only, four day event.
For one of our staff members, Alastair Murray, he will always remember the 5th November, as the day he made the decision to move from banking to the voluntary sector. Alastair’s reflection is the second in our blog series from Inspiring Scotland staff.
With the fireworks going off across Edinburgh to celebrate Guy Fawkes night, it seemed like an appropriate time to review my journey into the charitable sector – not just because this is an explosive sector, but because two years ago I sat in my home listening to the fireworks and wondered what the heck I had just done. I had chosen to get out of banking, where I had spent my 17 year career to date, to try and break into the charitable sector, and I was just beginning to worry it might all be a damp squib…
At the risk of spoiling this cliff hanger, you have probably worked out that it did all end well. However, putting this lack of suspense to one side, I thought it might be interesting to share my journey from banker to charity accountant. Read more here
Growing pro bono
Inspiring Scotland’s dedicated Pro Bono Executive, Jim Halley, has now been in post for a year and during this time has successfully grown the Inspiring Scotland pro bono programme.
It just so happened that Jim’s anniversary coincided with National Pro Bono week, highlighting the successful pro bono work that happens around the world – so we thought we would join in the celebration. In this blog Jim reflects on a year of pro bono at Inspiring Scotland.
Read the full blog here