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#44: Giving Back to Your Community

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Thursday, May 7, 2009
What community service opportunities exist for management consultants? I don't mind neighborhood cleanup or tutoring but feel like I have some professional skills in management that could be useful.

Good for you to make this kind of contribution to your community. Yes, management consultants have some unique skills that can help to strengthen organizations, communities and countries. Probably where you can help most is in supporting management teams of nonprofit, human service and nongovernmental organizations. Whatever your industry or discipline, you can donate some time to serve on an advisory panel, board of directors, or just spend some one-on-one time advising executive or governance functions.

Even if you think your industry or discipline doesn't correlate with the needs of any organization in your community, you have more insights and value than you would think. Say, your practice is in military logistics - your ability to manage projects, understanding of governance and control, or your appreciation for lean inventory control are all useful concepts to help a service organization to manage donations of items.

Tip: IMC USA chapters sponsor projects to help nonprofits in their communities. A group of chapter members either designate a favorite organization or solicit statements of need from a range of organizations. Based on the need, IMC members will coordinate a series of meetings with the nonprofit's governance team and donate their time, ranging from a few hours in a single session to dozens of hours over several months. If you are interested in participating in one of these service projects, contact the president of your local chapter of IMC.

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