KnowHow connects associations around the world with the know-how they need to be a force for change.
Rather than helping a single entrepreneur or other professional at a time, helping an association multiplies the effect of a single intervention across an entire membership. Assocations develop members' skills, facilitate networking with and among members, and represent members' interests to policymakers and other stakeholders, and provide other services and creative outlets for members as well as their communities. They form backbone organizations for collective action to tackle problems that cannot be addressed on an individual basis.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) or corporate citizenship goes beyond philanthropy. It's also about donating time and talent consistent with a company's core business expertise.
Just giving money to local organizations is increasingly viewed as unsustainable, making organizations accountable to donors rather than to the communities they were originally established to serve. In response, corporate citizenship programs as well as individuals seeking to make a difference are starting to donate their particular skills to improve local organizations where they do business or have personal interests. IBM's Corporate Service Corps and the GE Volunteers program are excellent examples of such forward-thinking corporate citizenship programs.
Impact is a moving target.
Finding active, engaged, high-impact organizations is a tremendous challenge that can be a bottleneck for CSR programs or individuals looking to share their skills and experience. KnowHow benefits from CIPE's 25 years of providing technical assistance to active, engaged, high-impact associations in over 100 countries. Associations listed on KnowHow are pre-screened to provide volunteers with rewarding and impactful experiences strengthening a local organization that in turn can be of service to those doing business in its community - from corporations to the informal sector. Sharing your know-how with an association means the impact of your intervention lasts long after your experience has ended.
The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform.
KnowHow is CIPE’s newest initiative to improve associations around the world. As one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and a nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business association development, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth. CIPE programs are supported by the National Endowment for Democracy, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Middle East Partnership Initiative, and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq Office for Private Sector Development.