Now, Pittsburgh is at the forefront of the Purpose Economy with a new kind of corporate philanthropy that leverages people’s skills and expertise to advance the greater good. Skills-based volunteerism involves teams of three to four employees each, who use their professional skills or bring new expertise and insight to solve a nonprofit’s technical or operational challenge. At the Covestro Institute for Engagement (CIE) at Robert Morris University, more than 175 employees from Covestro and seven other companies, including Alcoa and PNC, have been trained to perform this kind of public service.
. . .Through CIE, programs like Skills-Based Volunteering and BoardsWork!, we’re unleashing a new kind of purpose-driven philanthropy throughout the region and empowering individuals to make a real difference and build a sustainable community. No longer does one have to be a Carnegie or Mellon or Frick to be a philanthropist. You can just be you — someone willing to share your expertise, skills and time.
Once again in the 21st century, Pittsburgh leads the way for purpose.