Skills-Based Volunteerism


ServeOhio seeks to increase the capacity of Ohio nonprofits to recruit, engage, and retain skills-based volunteers. To achieve this goal, ServeOhio developed the Skills-Based Volunteerism Training Academy which will engage a cohort of 10 organizations annually in state-of-the-art training, technical support, and ongoing coaching to increase the use and effectiveness of skilled volunteers across Ohio. 


What is Skills-Based Volunteerism?

Skills-Based Volunteering (SBV) is the practice of lending one’s specific professional expertise to community organizations in a way that helps them affect social change. SBV differs from other, more traditional forms of volunteering in that volunteers are engaged in activities that leverage their professional expertise and experience – such as marketing, finance, or human resources. Skilled volunteer support is typically focused on operational or administrative functions - activities that a nonprofit might otherwise have to hire or pay for specialized support.


2021 Skills-Based Volunteerism Training Academy

ServeOhio is pleased to partner with Common Impact to offer the 2021 Skills-Based Volunteerism Training Academy. This 9-month program is designed to train and support a cohort of Ohio nonprofits to develop and execute a skills-based volunteerism (SBV) project in their organization. 

Meet the 2021 Participants

1. Comité Mexicano de Cleveland, Cleveland

2. Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Columbus

3. Community Refugee and Immigration Support (CRIS), Columbus

4. Food Strong, Cleveland

5. Northern Ohio Recovery Association, Cleveland

6. Shawnee State University Children's Learning Center, Portsmouth

7. Tiqvah Hands of Hope, Canton

SBV Resources

Nonprofit Skills-Based Volunteerism Toolkit

ServeOhio recently released a new Skills-Based Volunteerism Toolkit with in-depth information, tools, and resources to help you implement SBV in your organization.


Corporate Skills-Based Volunteerism Toolkit

ServeOhio is pleased to present our new corporate SBV Toolkit crafted to help companies think through implementing SBV in their organizations. The toolkit contains tools, resources, case studies, and more. 


For even more information and resources about SBV, visit


Funding to support the Skills-Based Volunteerism Training Academy comes from the AmeriCorps Volunteer Generation Fund.