On January 16, 2017, Martin Luther King Day, a national day of service, over 250 project management volunteers came together to help launch over 50 critical nonprofit initiatives spanning three major metropolitan areas—Washington, DC, New York, NY, and Norfolk, VA—for the 3rd annual Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS®). PMDoS, the signature event of the nonprofit Project Management for Change, is a community outreach event of unprecedented scale enabling pro-bono Project Management services for nonprofits and social-change organizations.
Keynoting the event was Ms. Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National Community Service (www.NationalService.gov), which spearheads federally funded volunteer initiatives such as Americorps.
It was an action-packed day-long session that connected seasoned project managers and subject matter experts with community nonprofit organizations whose missions are to help families, children, the arts, career development, military, veterans, and those providing legal aid. Each of the nonprofit organizations received nearly $2,000 in consulting services at no fee, and which helped generate an estimated $600,000 in benefit to the community.
During these high impact consultation sessions, a team of 3-4 project management subject matter experts met with representatives of the participating nonprofits to review prepared “problem statements.” They identified potential roadblocks, developed clearly defined scope statements and created actionable, customized project plans that will serve as blueprints for business sustainability.
“Project Management is the only profession whose sole purpose is to drive high-impact improvements in our world, yet so many worthy causes simply lack the resources to bring PM discipline into practice; PMDoS changes that, and does so on a global scale—a true ‘force-multiplier’ for accelerating social good,” said Michael Hannan, board member of Project Management for Change. Fellow board member Marcus Parker went further, adding, “We heard testimonials from dozens of nonprofits and volunteers that this year’s PMDoS delivered more positive impact to our veterans, to helping sick children, and to so many other great causes—it was so moving to see so many people come together to deliver so much value to the community.”
Sponsors supporting PMDoS 2017 include Microsoft, CharityEngine, the University of Maryland Project Management Center of Excellence, LeanKit, five local chapters of the Project Management Institute, and over a dozen small and medium-sized businesses and educational institutions.
About Project Management For Change
Project Management for Change is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise the profile of the Project Management profession by creating positive impact in our community. Project Management for Change recruits volunteer project managers to donate their time and attention to serve those who help others. Our signature event, PMDoS, is a substantive, high-impact way for project managers to give back to the community using their hard-earned project management skills.
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