New Boardmatch initiative makes for smarter employees

CRUCIAL business expertise and acumen is to be made available free of charge to the voluntary sector through the Boardmatch initiative launched yesterday by the Secretary General at the Department of An Taoiseach, Dermot McCarthy.

The novel development which is up and running in the US and Canada expands the experience of up and coming professionals by utilising a web-based skills matching service between business and non-profits to provide them with key board members.

Chairman of the new initiative and director of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Roger Acton said: “Research shows that Boardmatch makes for smarter employees, better networking and helps identify business leaders of tomorrow.

“In other words Boardmatch, which supports the development of nonprofit boards, is also very good for business,” he said.

Mr Acton said that professionals such as accountants, IT specialists, financial advisors, solicitors or project managers, for example, can simply log on to www.boardmatchireland.ie to offer their skills and expertise to non-profit boards in a formal, structured and regularised way.

“Research shows that businesses which promote the concept of volunteering on boards of non-profits gain hugely out of the arrangement.

“They get smarter employees and more potential leaders. Young employees, in particular, get to build new networks and can experience board membership and governance much earlier than they would if they were just waiting around the office,” he said.

Mr Acton said one of the big advantages of Boardmatch is that it will provide a managed, structured and formalised route for busy professionals to get involved in the non-profit sector. It also ensures that people are using their talents and expertise at a strategic level within organisations.

Mary Davis, Director of Special Olympics Ireland said the scheme has the potential to add critical value to the already excellent work being carried out in the voluntary and community sector in Ireland.

“Up to now, these speciality skills might have been out of the question for voluntary groups. Through Boardmatch they can now register their specific needs and find the right match of skills and experience for free,” she said.

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