Business professionals have a lot to offer arts nonprofits, and volunteering time to the arts ensures a healthier and more vibrant community overall. Sometimes, it can be challenging to establish the first connections necessary to get business-minded people working with arts organizations.
M Powered Strategies, one of Americans for the Arts’ BCA10 honorees for its commitment to the arts, has recently partnered with Points of Light (POL) to put together a volunteer recruitment program called Coach2Action, which connects nonprofit organizations across the nation with project management professionals. M Powered Strategies President Kendall Lott worked with Project Management Professionals Janet Schwartz and Jessica Giles to design Coach2Action, training and coordinating coaches for the pilot program. Through Coach2Action, 30 nonprofits were paired with 60 project management coaches who were trained in project management maturity framework and were guided by M Powered Strategies best practices. Nonprofits in the program were able to learn through personalized two-on-one Skype counseling sessions for twenty hours.
The critical skills that arts nonprofits can gain from programs like Coach2Action ensure that they are able to function to the best of their ability- raising sufficient funds, interacting with donors and partners, and gaining the business skills necessary to grow their operations. More businesses every day are dedicating their time and skills to arts nonprofits, whether it is to build their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives or to simply work to improve the communities in which they operate. Volunteering for the arts also boosts employee morale, and engages them on new levels.
If you are looking for a place to start, look no further than Business Volunteers for the Arts, a national skills-based consultant program that pairs nonprofit arts groups with specially trained business executives who volunteer their time and skills to assist with distinct management projects.
Congratulations to M Powered Strategies for a groundbreaking volunteer recruitment program, and for being recognized as one of the top ten businesses in the country with an outstanding commitment to the arts!