The BMW Foundation, Taproot Foundation and local host Proboneo welcomed representatives from 23 countries for the 3rd Annual Global Pro Bono Summit in Berlin to address how to provide more high-quality and high-impact pro bono service to social change organizations around the world.
Participants represented countries where the pro bono provider (also referred to as intermediary) space is well-established (Japan, UK, France) and countries who are just starting out (Turkey, Morocco). Other countries represented included Egypt, contending with significant political upheaval recently and China, which is experiencing considerable growth and change. The diverse backgrounds of Summit participants added both depth and color to three days of animated conversation.
The Summit was organized into three tracks ??Global Fellows, Corporate, and German Intermediaries ??with overarching themes of collaborating among intermediaries, sharing best practices and lessons learned, and creating strategies to drive the pro bono movement forward. The Global Fellows track consisted of intermediaries from around the world while the German Intermediary track focused on establishing a lead organization to build the growing pro bono movement in Germany. The Corporate track, with representatives from countries including South Korea, Russia, Slovakia, and the UK, generated inspiring conversations about opportunities for companies to establish pro bono programs for their employees. Participants in all three tracks contributed to the Summit?? content by leading sessions on fundraising, cross-sector partnerships, and how governments can support or benefit from pro bono.
Paretz, a quiet-farm town outside of Berlin and host of the first day, was buzzing with energy as current and new Global Fellows shared the successful completion of commitments from the previous year?? Summit. Ikuma Saga, a Global Fellow from Service Grant Japan, shared the success story of achieving his 2014 commitment to organize a regional conference in his home city of Tokyo. Momentum grew as Global Fellows met in smaller teams grouped by region to discuss the unique characteristics of each country?? ??arket??for pro bono. At the end of the day, the German intermediaries and Global Fellows congregated in front of a wall-sized world map where each regional team presented their regional similarities and differences which sparked conversation and cross-regional insights.
Proboneo?? co-working space, the Rainmaking Loft, was the perfect setting for day two. Global Fellows spent the morning pitching ideas to each other and discussing initiatives, issues, and successes central to their work. The Corporate track which began on day two, was an intimate group of about 30 corporations and professional associations with varying degrees of pro bono experience, including representatives from multinational corporations like GlaxoSmithKline, Adobe, Allianz, and SAP. Several law firms including the European Pro Bono lead from DLA Piper in Paris and the Business Development Executive from Baker & McKenzie in Istanbul attended as well. An evening event sponsored by SAP, celebrated pro bono work with music, dancing, and a micro-marathon, a two hour activity to showcase the magic of pro bono.
The BMW Foundation offices hosted the final day of the Summit. Global Fellows, along with a small group of representatives from multinational corporations, discussed the future of the Global Pro Bono Network, a network of leading pro bono provider organizations, many of whom attended this year?? Summit. Global Fellows discussed what was most important for the growth of the pro bono movement both nationally and internationally. Ideas and topics that surfaced during the course of three days were transformed into actionable commitments for the coming year. Commitments for 2015 include organizing an event to raise awareness in Portugal and to partner with at least one Global Fellow from the network.
Asian Charity Services, Hong Kong
Bodassaki Foundation, Greece
Bridge, South Korea
Conjunt Consulting, Singapore
Ghadan Foundation, Saudi Arabia
Inspiring Scotland, Scotland
ISB GmbH (Schmid Stiftung/Foundation), Germany
LaLuz, The Netherlands
National Volunteer Centre (?nk?ntes K?zpont Alap?tv?ny), Hungary
Passerelles & Competences, France
PILnet, Hungary, US, UK, Russia, China and Hong Kong
Pontis Foundation, Slovakia
Pro Bono Lab, France
PYXERA Global, US
Reach Volunteering, UK
Service Grant Japan, Japan
SESNet (Social Enterprise Support Network), South Korea
SEA (Social Entreprenuers Agency), Portugal
Spark / Canadian CED Network, Canada
TAC (Talent Achievement Consulting), China
TYPN (Thai Young Philanthropist Network), Thailand