We’re focused on channeling the talents of Symantec employees to nonprofit organizations in need through our skills-based volunteer initiatives. Our engineers, salespeople, accountants, product managers, and others use their unique skill set to help nonprofits solve critical challenges, giving and receiving in the process.
The average nonprofit organization spends just 2 percent of its organizational budget on overhead, compared with the average business that spends 20 percent on overhead (SSIR). These experiences provide nonprofits with skills and talent they don’t always have access to — like marketing, human resources, strategic planning, and technology.
At the same time, our employees receive an inspirational experience, news ways to problem-solve, and a chance to sharpen their leadership skills. According to Stanford Social Innovation Review, a strong business case can be made for skills-based volunteering programs, which have been shown to increase employee engagement and retention, measurably enhance the skills and talents that employees bring back to their desks, and recruit and retain talent, especially millennial employees who have been shown to consider a company’s cause work in employment decisions.
Do you have the skills to design a website? Could you help a nonprofit forecast its annual budget? Perhaps you could develop a social media campaign to help an organization with fundraising? Skills-based volunteering opportunities are endless and the stronger, more sustainable solutions that are developed from these partnerships have immeasurable social impact.
We hope these two stories of Symantec employees using their skills for good inspire you to get involved:
1. Honing leadership skills through board service. Symantec participated in a study that found board service is an effective pathway for companies to grow shareholder value. Results of the study showed that nonprofit board service advances workplace diversity and inclusion. It also develops human capital by stimulating leadership and enhancing strategic planning, decision-making, listening, and collaboration skills. At the same time, the research showed nonprofit board service fosters economic development and will help us achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.