GlobalGivingTIME

Small charities and NGOs cannot call on the same range of professional support as corporations. GlobalGivingTIME aims to bridge that gap: rather than offering money, professional volunteers offer their expertise.

Whether they want help drafting a mission statement or designing a new logo, our NGO partners just upload their challenge to GlobalGivingTIME. The platform automatically matches that challenge to the skills and interests of our corporate volunteers. GlobalGivingTIME is designed to fit around the busy lifestyle of the modern professional: volunteers can respond to bite-sized challenges without necessarily having to take time out of work.

It's worked for: Aegis Media

 

Case Study: Aegis Media - Future Proof

Aegis Media, a global marketing firm, launched GlobalGivingTIME in April 2011 as a key feature of its 'Future Proof' sustainability programme. Aegis was keen to engage its global workforce (12,000 staff in 169 offices across 51 countries) in a common sustainability programme. GlobalGivingTIME allows these geographically disparate staff to work together in teams that mimic client relationships.

Over 500 Aegis employees took part in GlobalGivingTIME in 2011; their collective contributions amounted to almost £7,000-worth of time donated to 122 charities worldwide. Yet the practical impact of these contributions exceeds numbers. GlobalGivingTIME's value is that it allows NGOs to focus on and amplify their ability to deliver their core mission. 22% of partner NGOs indicated that they saved time internally, and a further 22% benefited from cash savings (on average GBP £332 per NGO) to plough back into their social mission. Access to GlobalGivingTIME also allowed 77% of partner NGOs to acquire further leverage: additional fundraising or new external partners.

GlobalGivingTIME has moved Aegis Media from running a philanthropic to a community investment programme with direct support to 122 NGOs with an average of 2,116 beneficiaries. GlobalGivingTIME has succeeded in unlocking marketing and communications skills and expertise to meet a real need in the NGO community. In 2011, 53% of Aegis employees indicated that they "helped the charity with something they felt they couldn't do". Similarly, 47% of employee volunteers responded that "it made me proud of the company as it has a better reputation".

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