Pro bono derives from the Latin phrase, “pro bono publico” – for the public good. The term pro bono refers to professional services provided for free or at a discounted rate. The professional is seen to be providing a benefit for the greater good, instead of working for profit.
Pro bono work in charities and non-profits usually exposes you to new points of views on cultural and social issues, adding a richness to your career and in your personal life.
Movemeon’s Pro Bono work
Movemeon’s pro bono professionals was set up in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, providing support to charities and NGOs in need.
So far, all of the time and expertise volunteered by our consultants and commercial professionals have helped this initiative provide much-needed support to non-profits, charities and organisations dealing with the pandemic.
This is something we can all look back on and be proud of, so we would like to thank all those who’ve so far joined Movemeon’s pro bono professionals.
So, how can providing your services on a pro bono basis work for you? – 3 points to consider
1. New industry experience + personal development
In times of global need such as the pandemic, adding voluntary startup, charity and other non-profit experience to your CV can all help towards raising your profile and ultimately landing a new job. We have seen a number of our professionals receiving permanent job offers after providing pro bono support to organisations.
But, be aware when contacting people directly to offer your pro bono services, it may come across as desperation and organizations may not take you seriously if you’re not charging a fee for your services. Choosing to join a pro bono network can help with this, you’ll see relevant opportunities that have been vetted and you could have articles written about your efforts. Have a look at Movemeon’s Pro Bono success stories.
2. An impressive addition to your CV + an extended network
Certain types of pro bono work can boost your résumé. Leading health care providers and specific charitable organisations look impressive on your CV and we’ve received great feedback from professionals that have supported organisations in need.
A good question to ask yourself is, “do I believe in this project and what do I hope to gain?” try to have a goal in mind whenever you agree to work pro bono.
Here are a few examples of organisations and charities Movemeon’s Pro Bono Professionals have already successfully supported during the pandemic:
3. The feel good + make a difference factor
Apart from the personal career gains, we mentioned, working pro bono allows you to give back to the community by utilising your skillset to really help someone, and that in return can be the best reward.
“Soon after commencing with MSF I felt I was part of the team, supporting the journey towards something bigger – a big necessity for all of us during Covid-19. I want to thank everyone at MSF for the quick acceptance as ‘one of them’ and for being used as a sounding board, and listened to for my change management expertise – I would be happy to work with everyone involved again at a later stage!”
Eleonora Jovanovic, Pro Bono consultant
“I am thankful to have connected with Laura and Khushi Kantha through Movemeon’s pandemic initiative. It was a great experience and I encourage others to get involved if they can spare their time and expertise.”
Guan Yeap, Pro Bono consultant
One key thing to keep in mind – work life balance
It’s important to set time limits on how much work you’ll do on a pro bono basis. Be honest with your time commitment from the start, but also keep in mind that you can say you’ve reached the maximum volunteer work you can do or agree to work on an advisory basis if needed moving forward. Communication about your time commitment is key to avoid you overextending yourself.
The point of pro bono work is to not to add extra stress by trying to do and achieve more, but rather to realise that engaging with different experiences outside of your usual work can actually be good for your mental health and could improve your ability to manage the busy job you do or may have in the future.
Hopefully, by now you can see the many benefits to working pro bono, and once you decide to volunteer your time, you will be able to choose to join a cause that you believe in, because in the end there are times when working is more about giving than gaining.
Join the pro bono community at Movemeon, utilize your skillset to support charities and NGOs and we will highlight your achievements to 50,000+ professionals.
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Clare Tsangari, Non-Profit Lead
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