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Scope-A-Thon hosted by Endeavour and Capital One – April 22, 2015

Note: Only Capital One employees can register to volunteer in the Scope-A-Thon at Capital One

The Scope-A-Thon is an interactive workshop aimed at better preparing non-profit leaders and professionals to effectively engage in pro bono consulting. Building on more than 8 years of experience and a network of seasoned consultants, Endeavour will present insights, best practices and tools for effective pro bono consulting, and facilitate small teams of volunteers and non-profit leaders to develop a scope of work for a future pro bono engagement.

Why volunteer for this?

Through presentations, facilitated breakout sessions and plenary discussions, volunteers will:

  • Be introduced to the benefits of pro bono for non-profits, professionals and corporations
  • Learn and apply key criteria to assess organizational, project and volunteer readiness for pro bono
  • Understand common pitfalls and best practices for effective pro bono consulting engagements
  • Learn and develop the key elements of a good problem statement and well-defined pro bono project scope
  • Work in a small team of volunteers to help a non-profit frame a problem, brainstorm potential solutions and project objectives, and develop a project scope
  • Know what organizations and platforms exist to offer pro bono consulting in Ontario
  • Gain a better understanding and appreciation of the work and impact that Capital One supports

Why have your non-profit attend?

Through presentations, facilitated breakout sessions and plenary discussions, non-profits will:

  • Understand how your organization can benefit from leveraging pro bono
  • Learn and apply key criteria to assess organizational, project and volunteer readiness for pro bono
  • Understand common pitfalls and best practices for being an effective pro bono client
  • Learn and develop key elements of a good problem statement and well-defined pro bono project scope
  • Work with a small team of Capital One volunteers to frame your problem, brainstorm potential solutions and project objectives, and develop a project scope
  • Know what organizations and platforms exist to access pro bono consulting in Ontario
  • Enable Capital One employees to gain a better understanding and appreciation of your work and impact

The Scope-A-Thon helps non-profit board members and staff to get to the root of the organization’s problem, brainstorm and assess potential solutions, and develop a project objective and scope of work for a pro bono engagement to address the identified problem. While volunteers will help identify potential solutions and project objectives, the Scope-A-Thon workshop will not actually solve the problem or implement any solution. For example, if the problem identified for the non-profit organization is a lack of awareness in the community, volunteers may help identify the need to strengthen the organization’s brand. Once in agreement on the problem and solution, the team would then develop a project scope for a brand strategy, including identifying the project objective, elements of a brand strategy project (e.g. research, positioning, etc), resources required, etc. The goal is for non-profit participants to walk away from the Scope-A-Thon with a better understanding of their problem and potential solutions, as well as a draft scope of work for a pro bono project that they can approach a pro bono consultant/intermediary like Endeavour with. Pro bono resources like Endeavour will be introduced at the end of the Scope-A-Thon workshop.

Agenda (draft)

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 9am to 3:40pm
Where: Capital One, 5140 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 6L7
Objectives:
1.    Understand organizational, project and volunteer readiness for effective pro bono
2.    Define the problem facing a non-profit organization to be addressed through pro bono
3.    Brainstorm and assess potential solutions to the defined problem
4.    Create a well-defined pro bono project scope for the identified problem and solution
5.    Learn what organizations and platforms exist to access pro bono consulting in Ontario

Sign-in
Opening Remarks and Introductions
Presentation: Pro Bono Readiness
Breakout Session (2hrs)
Volunteer-only debrief
Lunch
Breakout Session (2hrs)
Presentation: Pro Bono Access
Plenary Discussion: 1) How ready is the organization for pro bono? 2) What problem and project objective were identified? 3) How was the project scoping experience? 4) What is the team’s key takeaway?
Closing Remarks and Feedback Survey

Volunteer Registration – Deadline: March 16th

Capital One employees interested in volunteering in the Scope-A-Thon should register directly with Capital One. Volunteers will be supported by Endeavour representatives during the breakout session. Space is limited, so please register early.

Non-Profit Application – Deadline: March 16th (applications are closed)

Non-profit organizations interested in participating in the Scope-A-Thon need to meet the following requirements:

  • Have an idea of an organizational/strategic management challenge that your organization would like to address through a pro bono engagement. During the breakout session, Capital One volunteers and Endeavour advisors will use the information from your application to help you think strategically through your organization’s issues, and to develop a problem statement and project scope that can be used for a future pro bono engagement.
  • Have one representative who is a board member or senior staff with a good understanding of the organization’s strategic directions and management issues. Up to 2 representatives from an organization are invited to the workshop. You will be matched with 2-4 Capital One volunteers and an Endeavour advisor for the breakout session.
  • Be available to participate in the entire duration of the workshop.

Space is limited to 10 non-profit organizations, so apply early. You are encouraged to email Andrea at probono@endeavourvolunteer.ca to discuss your project idea before submitting your form. 

Applications are now closed. Selected participants will be notified by early April.

Questions? Email your Capital One representative or probono@endeavourvolunteer.ca