Coaches are often people who have a deep value of caring or compassion. That is why you find that coaches tend to do a lot of “pro bono” work. Have you ever considered taking on some pro bono work, or could you help others to realise their dreams of being able to do pro bono work?
If you’re not sure what the word means, Wikipedia calls it – “Pro bono publico is a Latin phrase for professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment. Unlike traditional volunteerism, it is service that uses the specific skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them.”
Basically this means that, of all the coaching hours you are able to do in a day/week/month, dedicating a number of those hours to a person or organisation that could benefit from your professional skills and not requiring payment for those hours – this is pro bono work.
Maybe you know someone that could benefit from coaching but can’t afford it, or a local community initiative that could use some help in building teams or a holding a workshop on a particular theme within your expertise. Giving of your time and skills without asking for payment not only helps the person(s) you have reached out to, it also improves your own well-being.
If you struggle with ideas for ‘giving back’ and donating your skills to the community you might be interested to have a look at the ICF Foundation website to check out the work that is already being supported by ICF https://foundationoficf.org/. Furthermore, the following is an article about a pro bono initiative undertaken by our ICF friends to the south, in Italy, following a natural disaster in that country and this also gives some tips about how to set up pro bono coaching https://coachfederation.org/blog/caring-for-your-community-with-pro-bono-coaching.
The ICF NL Board would welcome discussions with anyone who is willing to set up a country/region wide pro bono coaching initiative so don’t hesitate to get in touch to let us know about your ideas! But in the meantime we challenge you to start by donating one hour a month to someone in your community who may need your professional skills but cannot afford it – big changes start with small steps …