Give What You’re Good At could be “huge” says Minister for Civil Society

Give What You’re Good At News release

20th March 2012 – for immediate release

Charities and social enterprises get access to professional services – at a tenth of the market rate.

In times of economic hardship, when many charities are struggling to maintain funding from public and private sources, an innovative skills-matching service offers a new route to high quality services with its volunteer database of experienced and committed professionals who have relevant, in-demand skills.

Give What You’re Good At is an online technology platform matching professionals who want to give their skills with charities and social enterprises that need them.

The organisation already has around 200 professionals signed up and has attracted the interest of high profile corporate partners keen to give their employees a well managed way of making an impact with their skills.

Minister for Civil society Nick Hurd met with Give What You’re Good At founder Ami Bloomer last week and praised the innovative, professional and accessible proposition, noting the clear appeal to influential corporate businesses. “[Give What You’re Good At] could be huge… I think they’re onto something. Research published by Zurich shows relevant pro bono [work] enhances employee well-being and productivity,” he said.

The type of skills already available on Give What You’re Good At’s database include marketing, design, online and social media, accountancy, IT and business strategy. Ami Bloomer explains, “We use a highly structured approach to make sure there is a perfect match between the professional’s skill and the charity’s needs. Our project library allows organisations to easily identify and select projects that address common needs. Each project template has a description of the project, the deliverable, step-by-step project components, average time required, nonprofit requirements, volunteer requirements and the average cost of the project if the nonprofit had to pay for it at market rates. Individual volunteers are assured of professional and personal satisfaction in completing the job effectively, using the available time they have to commit, while charities are assured a big cost saving.” Projects are structured to fit with the lives of working professionals and typically demand up to five hours a week over one to three months.

Non-profit organisations already signed up with Give What You’re Good At include The Blue Cross, Sparks, MS Research IPSEA, The Social Mobility Foundation and Sky Badger to The Rescue. Naomi Marek, Operations Manager from Sky Badger to the Rescue, a new charity serving disabled children and their families says, “It’s going to save us a fortune!”

Professionals already working on matched projects are equally delighted with the ability to connect easily with causes they care about. Graphic designer Gary Jones has worked with special educational needs charity IPSEA to redesign promotional leaflets and posters. “Working in a fast and corporate environment can often become monotonous and ordinary. Volunteering through Give What You’re Good At gave me the opportunity to use my skills for good and make a big impact with my limited time.”

Until Friday 23rd March Give What You’re Good At is offering half-price introductory membership which normally starts at a sliding scale of £250. Membership includes access to pre-packaged projects and one project match – guaranteeing a saving ten times the cost of outsourcing. To find out more register with Give What You’re Good At sign-up at http://www.givewhatyouregoodat.co.uk .

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For further information, please contact Ami Bloomer on ami@givewhatyouregoodat.co.uk or 01234 245 539.

Notes to editors:

How Give What You’re Good At works:

Give What You’re Good At is an online dating site for volunteers. Volunteers share information about their experience, skills and interests, and in return, the GWYGA  team sends the volunteer a matching list of project options.

Non-profit members subscribe to Give What You’re Good At with a one off membership fee of £250 (discounted until 23rd March 2012). One project match is included in the membership fee, then for each subsequent project, the member pays on a sliding scale, but never more than £250 per match. Projects typically save non-profit organisations between £2,500 and £15,000 so the fee is equivalent to a tenth or much less of the cost of outsourcing the task. The fee covers the dedicated recruitment costs, access to all the projects, an account manager to access your organizational needs, invitations to networking events, among other benefits and ensures that both the volunteer and the organisation using their services treat the project as a professional commitment.

Available for interview and comment:

Ami Bloomer, founder and managing director of Give What You’re Good At

Jonathan Fairey, Technical Director of The Community Film Unit (currently saving time, money and overheads by using a Give What You’re Good At volunteer to review business plan)

Naomi Marek, Operations Director of Sky Badger to the Rescue

About the meeting with the Minister for Civil Society:

Ami Bloomer met Nick Hurd, The Minister for Civil Society on Monday 12th March. The Minister is supporting GWYGA will introductions to influential nonprofit leaders. Give What You’re Good At has been invited to feature on a special civil service volunteering portal which aims to get 30,000 civil servants volunteering.

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Give What You’re Good At screenshot

Ami Bloomer

 

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