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Deloitte Consulting's Human Capital People to People program

Making a sustainable impact through skills-based volunteering

April 4, 2019

Imagine being able to use your professional skills to make a sustainable and lasting impact at international and local nonprofits across the country. That’s exactly what participants in Deloitte’s Human Capital People to People (P2P) program set out to do.

Creating an impact that matters

The P2P program began in 2013 as a social impact initiative for Deloitte Consulting LLP Human Capital junior professionals, and over the years has served more than 70 nonprofit organizations both locally and internationally. From Ecuador to Nicaragua, participants have traveled across the world to assist nonprofits to build a sustainable future.

Steven Yang, a Deloitte consultant, and P2P program growth lead, has been a part of the initiative since 2016 and is proud of the work he has done through the program. “It has been an incredible experience and journey with the amount of impact we've been able to make through our non-profit liaisons, and with the relationships I've built because of the program."

Many nonprofits across the country face challenges in acquiring the skills, data, and resources they need to carry out their missions. Skills-based volunteering programs like P2P provide an effective way for professionals to fill this gap, by tapping into their skills and experience to drive social impact, while also providing leadership, professional development, and team building opportunities.

Steven Yang, consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and P2P program growth lead

What makes P2P different?

What sets P2P apart from other volunteer programs is the lasting and sustainable impact the program aims to provide. “Spanning the course of four months, participants work with internationally-identified organizations as a part of the planning and due diligence process for several weeks, leading to a week-long engagement on the ground in the host country," shared Steven. Participants work to define the scope of the project to develop specific and actionable recommendations for the client. “Rather than doing a ‘fly-by’ and engaging in a short activity that leads to little sustainable impact, the P2P program spends weeks leading up to the trip engaging and working with the non-profit,” notes Steven. “Our time on the ground is almost spent entirely with our non-profit partners working for them, and we continue to work with them after the week is over.”

Along with gaining a unique understanding and appreciation of different cultures and organizations, The P2P program enables participants to hone their project management and consulting skills in an entirely new way. “Being a part of the P2P program has given me perspective beyond our day-to-day client work. There are things I've learned in P2P that I've taken and applied to client work, and it has helped me become a better consultant for our clients,” noted Steven. Participants also develop a professional network of colleagues who share a similar passion and interest in volunteering and social impact initiatives.

Check out the P2P video below to see exactly how participants are using their professional skills and expertise not only to provide value to clients but to drive social change through volunteering.


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