Pro Bono work is one of the most powerful ways that Rackfish supports charitable organizations, strengthens the nonprofit sector and communicates our values. That’s because we believe we can have the most meaningful impact in our communities by leveraging our greatest asset, the best thinking of our people and our knowledge of technology. We attempt to allocate 10% of our total revenue yearly for Pro Bono projects.

Some of the Pro Bono jobs we have hosted:

Rackfish’ pro bono program is the embodiment of our strategic approach to community involvement, which focuses on helping nonprofits deal with some of the issues that challenge their capacity to address social problems. Our ability to help the world’s leading companies address their business challenges makes us uniquely qualified to help pro bono clients tackle their organizations’ challenges too.
Of course, our involvement in building stronger communities is not only good for society, it’s good for us too because it contributes to the healthy environments that businesses need to thrive. And, it helps attract, develop and retain talent while showcasing our values and capabilities.

We will always aim to help, when possible, but unfortunately are not able to take on all the requests we receive for pro bono work.

Broadly speaking, these are the criteria we use to determine whether we can offer pro bono services:

  1. Ability to fund by the client – many of our clients are charities and social enterprises undertaking important and worthwhile work. Our focus for pro bono work is on those who cannot afford to pay for the services we offer, or organizations that – through lowering their administrative costs, can use that money for better purposes.
  2. Availability of alternative funding – in some cases it may be better if Rackfish funds part of the project up to a certain level.
  3. Rackfish’ capacity and competence to undertake the work – sometimes we cannot accept new pro-bono instructions because we are already committed to other pro bono work; and we may not always be the most appropriate option.
  4. Public interest – we may take on a matter pro bono if important or novel technologies or ideas are involved.
  5. Planting the seed corn – when some initial Pro Bono support would help to launch an exciting or worthwhile project towards self sufficiency. We will look at the organisation’s plans for the future to ensure that we focus our help on those organisations with the most viable plans and where our input can be most strategic.
  6. Current clients – this is not to say we will turn away non-clients, but if a current client needed assistance that fitted these criteria we would be more likely to assist.
  7. Referrals from other organisations – cases/clients by former pro bono clients are more likely to meet our pro bono criteria.