What an amazing service! How wonderful to have professional lawyers, surveyors, estate agents, city planners, architects, graphic designers, and others providing charities with their expertise, knowledge, and experience on a pro bono basis. 26 years ago, I had no idea what those words meant, but now I know these words mean for nothing. That is music indeed to a charity’s ears with limited funding and budget.
This is a service which would usually command hundreds of pounds per hour for jobs that may well take 10 hours to complete and for which charities had not reckoned or budgeted. It is a truly generous example from the property industry of giving-in-kind- priceless! And this charitable gift is granted by professional workers in an individual capacity with agreement and support from their employers, who understand that their services can help the funds that charities raise, receive, or earn in going the extra mile.
Pro bono providers will not be asked to commit to more than they can reasonably offer. A zoom call or in person meeting will usually take place at the charity where all involved will assess and process the charity’s needs. A plan is then put in place! Things happen, the plan is accomplished, and the charity can continue the support that they give, confident that the work undertaken has been of the highest professional standard.