When (and how) to say “no” to pro bono work

Tim ReadFrom the CFC LinkedIn Group, this question sparked a good debate on a topic that many have trouble with: when to say “no.”

At what point does doing pro bono stop being philanthropy and start being a danger to your business. How do you say no?

Some set limits as to how many pro bono projects they’ll do per year while others just say “no” to pro bono all together. Chicago-based Bending Design even has an initiative called “Bending Back” with an application process.

But the consensus is that it’s important to have a policy, whatever that policy is, like any business would, so you aren’t overly influenced by emotion and end up harming yourself in the process of trying to “do good.”

Click here to see what others have said, including excellent suggestions for how to do pro bono work when you do decide to do it. And add your own comments here on the blog or on the LI discussion.

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