Law firms have offered pro bono legal services since President John F. Kennedy’s Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The basic premise is that rather than volunteer to complete menial labor, volunteers instead give their time doing what they’re best at. This donation of services can prove quite valuable to recipient organizations, and technology promises to help significantly scale this win/win formula.
Several social organizations have updated the pro bono model for the digital age. In the participatory aid space, we have already mentioned a number of projects and organizations that leverage the volunteer time of talented professionals to contribute towards relief efforts. Most V&TC groups are comprised at least partially of volunteers who give their professional talents to the groups’ projects.