Service for Impact

Strategic volunteerism is a critical component of how corporations harness the time and talent of employees at all levels to support nonprofit partners and meet community needs. This working group, rooted in the principles of Reimagining Service, provides a unique opportunity for both corporate grantmakers and corporate volunteer managers to foster a peer network, share successes and challenges, brainstorm on solutions, and explore new opportunities to make a difference in society while supporting business objectives through volunteerism.

Philanthropy New York partners with CECP to offer three to four working group meetings each year to encourage and share innovative solutions to achieve higher impact through corporate volunteering. Topics have ranged from skills-based volunteerism to alignment with corporate business strategies to fostering purpose-driven employees.

History: Service for Impact was created in the spring of 2009, at around the same time New York City first launched NYC Service, and almost simultaneously, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The funders in New York began a conversation about ways to increase the impact of volunteer service on the organization that deploys the volunteer and the person performing the service.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Peters, Manager of Learning.

Working Group Co-Chairs

  • Pritha Mittal, Regional Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation for the Americas, Macquarie Group
  • Adam Robinson, Vice President, Social Impact, Paramount