About Social Purpose Works
Social Purpose Works is the latest innovative program offering of Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), a Portland social service agency since 1950. Volunteerism is a key component of a nonprofit’s ability to deliver on its mission’s promise and MFS has several thousand volunteers supporting their mission annually. What’s unique about Social Purpose Works (SPW) is the intentional focus on using professionally skilled volunteers (pro bono) to tackle capacity building projects.
Building a Legacy
Realizing that the biggest generation is moving toward retirement or pivoting to new careers, MFS started Social Purpose Works to harness this incredible human resource; a generation (baby boomers) that wants to use their professional skills on small, short term projects and make a difference. They are living longer, many with healthy lifestyles and professionally skilled volunteerism gives them an additional way to have the impact they desire and live a legacy now.
The Encore Movement
Social Purpose Works is a resource for Portland’s nonprofits to engage these boomers in capacity projects through recruiting, matching and placement services. These projects are short term (50-500 hours) and complement the Encore Fellows program administered by Social Venture Partners (SVP) here in Portland. Encore Fellows are also professionally skilled citizens but their commitment is to a 750-1000 hour project and they are paid a stipend; additionally, they can only tackle a single project then they exit the program. SPW and SVP are partners in the encore movement specializing in the full spectrum of second acts for the greater good. Professionally skilled volunteers can find their niche in either of these programs.
Social Purpose Works staff (former Encore Fellows) have extensive first-hand experience in this talent procurement. With a combination of high touch services and technology, a capacity building project can be matched with a pro bono professional at a cost substantially lower than a professional consultant engagement.
Moving Missions Forward
MFS is proud to provide this program’s services and energize the role of volunteerism to meet the changing expectations of what it means to volunteer and have an impact. Social Purpose Works is ready to help nonprofits and professionally skilled volunteers find each other and move missions forward.