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By Rachel Hutchisson, Business Doing Good & Blackbaud, Inc.

Happy New Year!  It’s 2015, and I can’t quite believe it.

But I’m happy about the fact that the calendar has flipped us beyond 2014.  Although many good things happened, there were too many “not so good things” for my liking.

So that makes me extra determined to ensure this year is one to remember, in a good way.  And that brings me to the topic of this blog – GOOD.  What are YOU going to do about it at your small business?  Launch a giving program for the first time?  Add new programs that encourage your employees volunteer?  Be kind to the environment?  There really are tons of ways you can choose to do good.  You just have to do it.

One fabulous way to give back is to carve out some time for your people to donate their skills.  Even with a small project, the good can be great.  So when we reconvene for more inspiration next time, I’ll continue to tell the stories of a series of small businesses that are doing just that.  They are making skills-based volunteerism a priority.  Who knows, maybe that’s what you’ll do with your team this year!

Rachel Hutchisson (@RachelHutchssn) is VP, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy at Blackbaud, Inc., a 2,700-person technology company that works exclusively with nonprofit organizations. She built the company’s “give back” function from the ground up, relying on expertise she gained in over two decades of working at the intersection of the business world and the nonprofit sector. Rachel is a member of the #GivingTuesday core advisory team, leads her company’s involvement in the Billion+Change pro-bono initiative, and serves on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals International, The Giving Institute, and the Coastal Community Foundation. She is also a member of the core team that launched TEDxCharleston in 2013. She is a graduate of Dickinson College and received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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