We work with a global partnership network to identify locally-led impact projects — and the groups, teams, and organizations behind them — who can benefit from pro bono support. These partners, many shown here, help promote our service to these changemakers. We equip these partners with readiness resources, and often even manage orientation and training webinars to welcome their organizations into our network and train them on our matching process and hosting principles.
In order to join our platform, each organization must first create an organization profile. We screen these organizations on a variety of factors to ensure that they are legal and legitimate organizations, have sustainability plans, and to verify they have impact missions aligned with one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. We also work closely with each organization and offer our proprietary “Skills Gap Assessment” tool to uncover both known and unknown areas of need where an experteer could have the most impact. This article in Stanford's Social Innovation Review helps explain this if you want to learn more.
Once the organization has created a profile and identified its biggest support areas, we guide it through the process of scoping and posting a specific project to our platform. To do so, the organization must detail the project it needs support on, as well as the specific skills its needs to be successful. We always ask for additional documentation as well as photos to get a good impression of the project site, team, and beneficiaries. We also ask each organization to provide tangible benefits to the experteer, starting with free accommodation. If an organization does not have the resources to provide accommodation, we ask it to co-invest in other ways by providing alternative benefits. Regardless of benefits provided, we make sure the organization and its team is fully vested in having an experteer join.
Once introduced to an organization, you and the organization's representative will be guided through the MovingWorlds matching and planning process, which is detailed here. By collaborating on our Experteering Planning Guide, you'll have the chance to personally ask questions and get to know the organization, and its team, so that you feel comfortable with the organization, team, mission, and work. And should you ever have questions or need support, our team is standing by to help!