Skills-Based and Pro Bono volunteering

Use your professional skills to help nonprofits fulfill their mission. Skills-Based Volunteering provides an invaluable service to our nonprofit partners by allowing them to do more with less.  

Why Volunteer? Skilled volunteers have many reasons for serving. Here are some trends in skilled volunteers:

• In job transition, looking to keep their skills current.

 Retired or have free time, and want to use professional skills

 Students looking to learn new skills and build on their education

 Employees or associations looking for Pro-Bono projects

Common skills include:

  • Board Development
  • Strategic Development
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Financial Management
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Software Development
  • Organizational Management
  • Operations and Process Improvement
  • Web Development
  • Training and Professional Development
  • Content Marketing and Blogging
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"Volunteering for HandsOn Suburban Chicago opened my eyes to what working for a  nonprofit is like. I gained experience in the professional world that will be so  valuable   as I continue with my studies  and in my professional career after college. I am so grateful that I was able to volunteer for HOSC and for all of the hands-on experience."




Traditional Volunteerism
Skills-Based Volunteerism
Tutor a student
Design a tracking program to manage tutors & mentors
Serve at a food pantry
Set up a database to help track and evaluate donations
Sell raffle tickets at a fundraising event
Develop a strategic plan to increase profitability and donor support
Answer phones, enter data
Create a work processes and implementing a plan for improvement
Donate items to resale shop
Coming up with a marketing strategy to increase customer base