September 1, 2007 | Case Studies

Go Volunteer Probono: Building the Case for Engaging Skilled Volunteers in Today’s Nonprofit Sector

Authors: Sarah Jane Rehnborg, Ph.D.


The case study was made possible by a grant from the Volunteer Impact Fund.

Setting the Stage

The Volunteer Vancouver board moved quickly through obligatory introductions, modestly amending and approving the minutes of its last monthly meeting before turning its attention to the evening’s key guest, Kerry Ho, the CEO of Inhance, an ethical investment firm. With Volunteer Vancouver’s current asset balance exceeding $436,000, the board was eager to explore investment opportunities designed to meet its criteria of “reasonable liquidity, professional management …capital preservation over 20 years, [that] meet[s] the obligations of the City lease agreement and balance[s] the operational needs of the organization” (Volunteer Vancouver, 2007a).