Riggs Partners Joins A Billion + Change to Envision the Future of Corporate Service
Washington, D.C. (June 27, 2012) — Riggs Partners has joined A Billion + Change, a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono services from corporate America. They are among major corporations including Hewlett Packard, IBM, Walmart and the Discovery Channel, that have pledged an estimated $1.8 billion worth of skills-based services to nonprofits, keeping the campaign on track to inspire 500 companies to create a volunteer program in their workplace by 2013.
As a next step, Teresa Coles will represent Riggs Partners and its service program called CreateAthon® at the White House today for a forum on “A Billion + Change in Action: Connecting to the Future of Corporate Service.”
Leaders in industry, civic engagement and policy will convene to discuss opportunities for businesses to meet the social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century through skills-based service. They will also explore ways to align corporate service programs with national initiatives to boost innovation, competitiveness and models of effective collaboration.
“On behalf of CreateAthon, we’ve pledged to more than double the number of partner agencies, universities and professional organizations involved in the program,” said Teresa Coles. “Our estimates tell us if we reach this goal, we will move from generating approximately $2.3 million in pro bono services each year to an annual impact of $5.6 million.”
The forum will challenge each participant to look ahead at what they are poised to do. “Our challenge now is to expand A Billion + Change while partnering effectively with nonprofit professionals so we can change communities
for the better,” said Senator Mark Warner, Honorary Chairman of A Billion + Change. “It’s through collaboration and collective impact that A Billion Plus really does add up to meaningful change.”
A list of pledge companies, and information about the campaign, is available at: www.abillionpluschange.org.