Helping Your Cause—and Career

The Wall Street Journal reports on how using your professional skills for philanthropic purposes can help grow your career as you’re giving back to the community. They target the concept at 20-somethings, but there’s nothing about donating your professional skills that doesn’t also apply to mid-career and seasoned grants managers:

Donating professional skills often has far-reaching impact, says Scott Smith, vice president of operations at Catchafire.org, which matches professionals with nonprofits. If you have finance skills and plan to volunteer at a soup kitchen, he says, one hour of your time is worth significantly more for the organization if you spend it helping with budgeting rather than doing a manual task like sorting cans.

On top of that, Mr. Smith says, you’ll gain valuable work experience by applying your know-how in a new context, and you’ll make contacts that could lead to future opportunities.

In addition to the work experience and connections you’ll make, you also add to the expertise you can put on your resume and tout to your supervisor during your annual review.

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Nikki Powell

Nikki Powell is PEAK Grantmaking's communications and practices director. You can find her on Twitter @nikkiwpowell.