This SSIR Live! program will explore:               

  • What is meant by “The Knitting Factor” and the framework for applying this concept to your organization
  • Real world examples of how skills-based volunteering develops long-lasting partnerships
  • Tactics to move cross-sector partnerships from transactional to transformational
  • Best practices for using skills-based volunteering as a talent development tool

Is your organization looking for ways to create meaningful cross-sector partnerships? Are you looking for opportunities to deepen your nonprofit partnerships or expand your employee engagement programs? One of the fastest-growing corporate citizenship programs is skills-based volunteering—in which corporate employees use their business skills to help a nonprofit solve a complex operational problem. The benefits of skills-based volunteering include increased employee engagement for businesses, successful capacity building for nonprofits, and talent development for both sectors.


Achieving these results require “The Knitting Factor” which brings together three key conditions—a panoramic perspective, skill sharing, and sticky relationships—that enable skills-based engagements between the private and nonprofit sectors to create strengthened, sustainable solutions that don’t come undone when partners part ways.

Program Features:

  Expert Speakers:
Danielle Holly is the chief executive officer of Common Impact, an organization that designs programs that direct companies’ most strategic philanthropic asset – their people – to the seemingly intractable social challenges they’re best positioned to address. Holly is dedicated to creating previously unseen pathways for individuals to meaningfully contribute to their communities. You can read an article written by her in preparation for this webinar. Casey Cortese is the managing director for Charles Schwab Community Services and Charles Schwab Foundation. Cortese leads the strategic direction of the firm’s community efforts to help create positive change through financial education, philanthropy and volunteerism. Greg Kimbrough is the director of executive development at Boys & Girls Club of America. Kimbrough leads the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of Executive Development strategies with a focus on the 18-month New Executive On-Boarding process for CEOs throughout Boys & Girls Club of America.

  Interactive Session:
This webinar will be conducted as a lively, interactive program. You’re encouraged to ask the speakers questions during the session to explore the topic further. You are also welcome to join the LinkedIn group where presenters will answer additional questions after the broadcast.

  Real-world Examples:
Our expert panelists will share practical examples of how skill-based engagements between the private and nonprofit sectors can create strengthened, sustainable solutions that do not come undone when partners part ways. They will also provide you with the framework to make skill-based volunteering a part of your day-to-day operation.

Who Should Attend?
This SSIR Live! program is valuable for all organizations who are eager to create meaningful cross-sector partnerships. Participants will finish this program with the necessary framework to incorporate skill-based volunteering into their everyday operations.

On-Demand Version:
Register and access the recording of the live event on-demand three hours after the webinar ends and anytime over the next 12 months. Log in with your registered email address here.

dollar symbol FinalPrice for this webinar: $59
This price includes access to the live interactive webinar, unlimited access to the recorded program video and downloadable slides for twelve months.


  • Chief Executive Office,
    Common Impact
  • Managing Director of Community Services,
    Charles Schwab
  • Director of Executive Development,
    Boys & Girls Club of America
  • Moderator
    Managing Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review