The CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partner Program was developed to support an expanded culture of volunteering among California’s businesses – of all sizes and from all industries. The initial development of the Business Partner Program was led by a team of pro bono consultants from Deloitte LLP in collaboration with CaliforniaVolunteers staff. The program design is informed by significant local, state and national thought-leaders in the national service arena, as well as a wide variety of business leaders who have a strong commitment to employee volunteering. In September 2009, CaliforniaVolunteers will launch the state’s first Business Advisory Council (BAC) focusing on employee volunteering and service to communities. The BAC is a cornerstone of CaliforniaVolunteers’ new Business Partner Program (BPP), and will serve to inform CaliforniaVolunteers’ efforts to increase and strengthen business volunteering across the state in collaboration with local, regional and national leaders.
Key Program Elements
The Business Partner Program utilizes various strategies to support program development and outreach. The following elements comprise the cornerstone of the Business Partner Program:
- A Business Partner Program section on the CaliforniaVolunteers.org website, which includes a robust reference section linking users – both businesses and nonprofits that provide volunteer opportunities for businesses – to a wide array of online resources.
- A Business Advisory Council, which will serve to inform CaliforniaVolunteers’ efforts to increase and strengthen business volunteering across the state in collaboration with local, regional and national leaders.
The Business Partner Program provides a statewide platform and associated programming to increase business volunteering in all California businesses.
Program development was conducted through a pro bono partnership with Deloitte LLP. CaliforniaVolunteers is currently seeking grant funding to support the implementation and management of the Business Partner Program.
Program development for the Business Partner Program began in November 2008. The Business Partner Program website will launch in June 2009 and the Business Advisory Council will launch in September 2009.
Key lessons learned about the Business Partner Program:
- Businesses and nonprofits are enthusiastic about the potential of this program.
- Dozens of businesses have already indicated early interest in joining the Business Advisory Council and/or participating in future Business Partner Program programming.
- The pro bono support from Deloitte was invaluable in getting this program designed and off the ground.
Key Program Partners
Key program partners are Deloitte LLP, who has provided significant pro bono consulting for the development and launch of this program. CaliforniaVolunteers also solicited input from 75 business and nonprofit leaders. The Business Advisory Council work group will also be a key program partner as the program evolves.
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Ashley JonesCommunity Partnerships Associate