Deloitte Celebrates 15th Annual IMPACT Day

June 26, 2014

As a little girl, I figured my parents would tackle poverty, hunger, and natural disaster – if they were able to tie shoes and pour Cheerios they could do anything. But now, as a (semi) adult, I realize that I am responsible for solving the world’s problems. YIKES. I’ll have to find a cape…Or maybe just a blue t-shirt?

June 6th of this year was Deloitte’s 15th Annual IMPACT Day during which employees, clad in blue tees, teamed up with local organizations and nonprofits to serve the world in just about every way imaginable -  they revitalized neighborhood parks, led resume and interview workshops, volunteered at children’s hospitals, planted rooftop gardens, and served meals to the homeless, just to name a few. Deloitte’s storify page serves as a digital scrapbook for IMPACT DAY. The page amasses mentions from across the web, putting names, faces, and pictures to this broad scale outreach. Terra Atkinson writes “thanks to Deloitte employees #impactday for an absolutely amazing event for #makeawish families!” David Betts, a Deloitte Consulting Principal, tweets “Working with local entrepreneurs to make a social impact and address hunger in Pittsburgh at #IMPACTDay with @DeloitteUS.”

Volunteerism is ingrained in Deloitte’s DNA; IMPACT Day is simply the culmination of a “year-round celebration of Deloitte’s commitment to community investment.” Deloitte’s sleek and state-of-the-art new Citizenship website highlights its major efforts and collaborations. One of Deloitte’s principal contributions to society is via skills-based volunteerism. Employees work pro-bono with nonprofit firms, advising them on improved budgeting and brand recognition, reduced employee turnover, and more effective workflow processes. In doing this, Deloitte shares one of its most valuable resources: brain power. “The idea is to put the unique knowledge of our personnel to work in the nonprofit sector so that we can empower nonprofits to more effectively manage their challenges and, in turn, make a more significant impact on the community.” Deloitte is one of many companies, like Entergy, Intel, and JP Morgan Chase “unleashing the power of skills-based and pro bono service” under the A Billion + Change initiative, which is housed and managed by Points of Light.

Deloitte also works very closely with College Summit, an organization seeking to increase the college participation of low-income students. CEO Barry Salzberg says that the nonprofit’s philosophy is perfectly aligned with his own: “that every kid deserves a shot.” In 2010, the Company was awarded the US Chamber of Commerce “Best Partnership” award for their collaboration with College Summit.

Deloitte is an exemplary corporate citizen, strategically using its resources to better the world. Reading more about Deloitte’s efforts on IMPACT day and throughout the year has inspired me. If we all hold ourselves to Deloitte’s standard, the world will be saved in no time, no capes necessary.