When we think about pro bono services, we typically picture teams of business professionals doing projects for a nonprofit — building a new Web site, helping to create a strategic plan for an organization, and so on. In reality, there’s an incredibly diverse array of models through which nonprofits can receive pro bono resources. Here are the six most common to help you think about how you can best leverage pro bono to boost your mission.
Loaned employee. An individual employee drops some of his or other duties to pursue a pro bono project. For companies and professional services firms, this typically requires a sanctioned and compensated leave of absence. Pfizer, for example, provides employees with three- to six-month sabbaticals so they can donate their services to nonprofits.