The Top Ten Ways International Skills-Based Volunteering Pays

Team4Tech’s mission is to advance 21st century education in low-resource contexts by connecting technology industry professionals and solutions with high impact NGO projects. We act as agents for change by matching technology industry volunteers, solutions and resources with accredited non-profit projects that aim to make a difference in the quality of education around the globe. We firmly believe that we can improve education outcomes for learners around the world, and at the same time provide a life-changing experience for volunteers and a solid ROI for corporations. Check out these Top Ten reasons your company should have a Team4Tech or other international skills-based volunteering program.

The Top Ten reasons your company needs a program like Team4Tech.

International Skills-Based Volunteering Programs can:

10. Encourage Millennials to work for your company: They care about giving back, and you should too.

9. Help your company retain top talent: saving costs in time and money to replace staff.

8. Improve your employee satisfaction – (By the way, Millennials aren’t the only ones who care).

7. Address gender balance and expand opportunities to advance women tech leaders.

6. Achieve gains in productivity and employee engagement.

5. Fuel your brand through CSR and PR rewards and recognition.

  • Companies with strong sustainability programs compared to companies with poor programs have 43% stronger public image.
  • CSR programs that engage employees increase visibility and brand recognition; enhance positive perceptions of companies; empower employees as brand ambassadors; and deliver effective public press mentions, at minimal incremental marketing costs.

4. Help employees engage in social good – CSR is not enough; employees want to be part of the solution.

3. Provide professional development and the skills your employees need to help your company compete.

  • We live in a “VUCA” world, one that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. Leaders need 21st Century skills to be effective at managing change, building consensus, inspiring others, and leading across generations and cultures.
  • Organizations are concerned about their leadership bench strength: 85% agree that there is an urgent need to accelerate the development of their leaders and over a quarter report that 20 percent or more of their senior leaders will be eligible to retire within the next five years.
  • “Global pro bono, or international corporate volunteerism, is leadership bootcamp that builds capacity in a fast, efficient, and economical way. It’s a workout that exercises all kinds of leadership muscle, and builds the types of teams and people that leading multi-national corporations have identified as top talent requirements, often at a fraction of the cost of other approaches.”

2. Give leaders the needed global mindset, especially important with diverse and remote workforces and the growing importance of emerging markets.

1. Enable your company to make a big difference, in a short amount of time.

Are there other compelling reasons for international skills-based volunteering that we have not included in our list? Please comment and share your programs in the comments below. Thanks!

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The Cost of Millennial Retention Study,” 2013
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Leadership Development Around The World Remains Stalled,” Forbes, 2014
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The Top 10 Trends in CSR for 2012” Forbes, 2012
Volunteer to Juice Your Career,” Forbes, 2012
Women in IT: The Stats,” NCWIT, 2010
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Why everyone wants to work for the ‘good guys’,”CNN, 2012
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How to Accelerate Leadership Development,” Human Capital Institute, 2014
Engaging Millennial Employees | Recruit and Retain Top Talent with Cause,” Network for Good, 2014
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From Service Learning to Learning Service,” SSIR, 2014
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