We are always looking for organizations that are interested in joining our network, and welcome the application of intermediary organizations whose main focus is managing pro bono projects, or from those specialized in co-ordinating various pro bono models.
In this guide you can:
- Learn about the benefits of membership
- Check on the application requirements
- Review the five-step application process
- Find answers to common questions
We are a global network of intermediary organizations who manage pro bono programs for clients.
Our members share the understanding that pro bono is an innovative way for making a strong impact on problem solving within many areas of civil society.
Members are expected to contribute to the pro bono movement and assist each other in improving their service delivery of pro bono programs. There are also opportunities for members to learn about diverse pro bono models, act collaboratively towards promoting the movement, and work together on delivering projects, among many other possibilities.
Other membership benefits include:
- Invitations to attend the Global Summit and Regional Events
- Potential for collaboration on projects and initiatives led by the Network
- Access to the Networks membership directory
- Usage of the Networks logo and corresponding affiliations
Membership Criteria and Terms
As a network of quality pro bono service providers, the Network sets a criteria for membership.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Pro bono must be the (or one of the) current and future primary initiatives of the organization with dedicated staff working on programs specifically related to pro bono services.
- Demonstrate pro bono services with multiple professions.
- Organizations must demonstrate their work in helping to build the pro bono ethic within communities, such as articles, campaigns, marathons, pro bono awareness events or activities, etc. – for societal benefit.
- There is currently no cost for membership.
- The period of membership is two years, by the end of which the managing body of the Network – the Global Council, reviews the organization and by a majority vote decides on membership renewal.
Membership Application Process
New membership applications for joining the Global Pro Bono Network are presently on hold. Meanwhile please do follow the updates on GPBN through our website and social media handles. Also, we would be happy to receive your interest in membership but the same will be processed only when memberships are open again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to attend the Global Pro Bono Summit in order to be part of the Network?
Not necessarily, members may join the Network without attending the Global Summit, however members must make a strong effort to attend Regional Summits.
Who attends the Global Pro Bono Summit?
Network members with sufficient pro bono matching experience for contributing to Summit discussions, activities, and brainstorming sessions.
Each participating organization is represented by one staff member – a second member may attend with approval by written request. Countries with more than one member may be restricted in the number of representatives that can able to attend.
Members may recommend relevant business and government partners.
Observer status – as appropriate, organizations and/or qualified persons may be invited who show strong development potential in adopting pro bono, with approval from the Global Council.
How many member organizations can be admitted to represent a given nation?
Multiple organizations from a nation may join the Global Summit.
Is there a withdrawal provision?
Should an organization be considered not eligible for continued membership, an interview will be scheduled between the organization and the Global Council to discuss continued involvement. The Global Council may then decide to end membership by a majority vote, and the organization is notified.