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Professional skills not just good for business

7 February 2015

One of the most important ways businesses can assist community organisations is by sharing their professional skills.

The Macquarie Group Foundation has a variety of programs to encourage this pro bono support.

It is an approach that allows not-for-profit organisations to access important business sector skills, while enabling Macquarie staff to broaden their expertise and make a meaningful community contribution.

Pro bono activities are part of a Macquarie talent development program, linking senior executives with not-for-profit organisations to advise on business planning and other strategic goals.

Celia Hodson, Chief Executive Officer of School for Social Entrepreneurs, says pro bono support is invaluable to the not-for-profit sector.

“Working with Macquarie, we have collectively shared knowledge and experience to enable the long-term growth of social entrepreneurs,” she says.

“With this support we continue to drive the development of the sector and empower individuals through advice, mentorship, education and financial grants.”

It is an approach that allows not-for-profit organisations to access important business sector skills, while enabling Macquarie staff to broaden their expertise and make a meaningful community contribution.

Recent pro bono initiatives include:

  • Seven staff in New York developed a series of training sessions at the request of America Needs You, focused on time management and prioritisation, communication and feedback, managing up and delegation.
  • A number of Sydney staff took part in a half-day workshop providing advice to social entrepreneurs on fundraising, business planning and scaling up social enterprises. Some participants then took part in an eight-week mentoring program matching Macquarie executives with social entrepreneurs.
  • London staff took part in a six-month program building the capacity of five charities in Islington. They developed a volunteering scheme across three organisations, a framework for public contract bidding and an income generation plan. It is the fifth year Macquarie’s Community Resourcing program has taken place in the borough.

Read more about Macquarie’s community activities.