Volunteerism is an important driver of the Citi Foundation's "More than Philanthropy" approach to maximize grant funding and deepen impact. Citi Volunteers works in partnership with the Citi Foundation by funding the development of new volunteer models and technology platforms, disseminating best practices and contributing to thought leadership events and forums that help advance the volunteerism field globally.
In addition, year-round, Citi employees leverage their professional skills, expertise and time by volunteering directly with community partners, many of which are grantees of the Citi Foundation. Citi Volunteers collaborates with employees and employee networks to support a range of volunteer opportunities, from traditional hands-on activities to skills-based volunteering that harness the enthusiasm and expertise of Citi's employees.
Citi Volunteers Program Highlights:
Taproot Foundation – Online Pro Bono Marketplace
Many community organizations do not have access to the marketing, design, technology, management or strategic planning resources they need to succeed or take their efforts to the next level. Since 2011, Taproot Foundation has been working to make business talent in these areas available to nonprofits through pro bono and skill-based volunteer services. In 2014, the Citi Foundation provided leadership funding to Taproot to design, develop and implement a new online marketplace that would accelerate the delivery of pro-bono and skill-based volunteer services. The marketplace will effectively connect business professionals with opportunities to volunteer their skills in core business areas, ranging from HR, strategy, marketing to technology, and legal and design. Scheduled to launch in late 2014, the online marketplace is designed as an interactive platform that consolidates pro bono resources and enables nonprofit professionals to address organizational challenges and more fully deliver on their missions. The goal of the platform is to expand and help fully enable the pro bono market. Taproot's network and proven best practices will bring the best of pro bono to nonprofits anywhere across the U.S., ensuring both quality and quantity on both sides of the spectrum. Learn More
Vital Voices – Business Mentoring Program
On International Women's Day 2013, the Citi Foundation provided leadership funding to Vital Voices to support the needs of women business owners through the VV Grow Mentoring Program. The six-month one-on-one mentoring program paired high-level executive volunteers with high-potential business owners to strengthen their decision-making power and effectiveness, ultimately contributing to improved business growth. Throughout the pilot program's implementation phase, 49 executive volunteers, the majority of which were Citi employees, provided nearly 1,000 skill-based volunteer hours to support female entrepreneurs achieve business growth, improve operations, increase their leadership abilities through knowledge and best-practice sharing, and expand business networks. In early 2014, the Citi Foundation extended the program to additional markets, enabling Vital Voices to further scale and deepen the impact of its business mentoring program globally. The program is active in Argentina, Egypt, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, and South Africa. Learn More
Citi Skills Marathon
The Citi Skills Marathon is a done-in-a-day pro-bono model, developed in collaboration with the Taproot Foundation, which enables employees to deploy their professional skills while addressing the critical needs of nonprofit partners. Developed and launched in 2012, the Citi Skills Marathon model has been implemented in cities across the world, including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Warsaw, Mexico City and San Salvador. To date, nearly 300 Citi employees have worked in collaboration with more than 50 nonprofit partners (many Citi Foundation grantees) lending their expertise to help solve challenges organizations are facing in real time, leading to deliverables that can be implemented immediately. Skills-based volunteering activities, such as the Citi Skills Marathon, is one way Citi employees are utilizing their knowledge to deliver information or services to either individuals or nonprofits in their community, including through direct service, organizational capacity building and board service.
Citi Global Community Day
Citi employees volunteer year-round, and the establishment of Global Community Day in 2006 has provided an annual opportunity for tens of thousands of Citi employees, along with their families and friends, to come together as a global volunteer team. Learn More.