Ask not what your company can do for you
Carolyn Hessler-Radelet and Stanley S. Litow | September 23, 2016
Private-sector pro bono work is the future of leadership, corporate citizenship and global impact. When Peace Corps was founded in 1961, President Kennedy laid out a unique vision for service that would send America’s best to countries around
the world. That call to service is still strong 55 years later — and so, too, is the talent pool from which to draw. Today, those who want to give back have numerous ways to pursue service. In one growing trend, talented employees of American
corporations are using their experience and professional skills to address some of the world’s most critical issues, from climate change to infectious disease to girls’ education. This trend developed somewhat quickly: Since 2008, over 25
major U.S. companies have sent more than 8,000 employees to serve in at least 80 countries, according to PYXERA Global.