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A series of short documentary films about Deloitte’s community involvement

Increasing the capacity of College Summit means increasing options for low-income high school students. Deloitte’s pro bono projects have created results that help College Summit help more kids. See how our collaboration with College Summit is changing lives.


…being a College Summit writing coach.  Read what it’s like.
…understanding the impact of our pro bono approach. See what kind of results it creates.


Having a signature issue is one of the best models for corporate philanthropy according to a recent published white paper issued by Taproot Foundation. The Taproot Foundation features Deloitte's unique approach to pro bono service as a best practice example in its most recent white paper, Making Pro Bono Work: 8 Proven Models for Community and Business Impact. It has identified Deloitte as one of eight pioneering companies engaged in the pro bono movement – “adapting different models of pro bono service delivery to address a variety of social issues and business goals.”

Signature Issue Case Study: Deloitte LLP

Deloitte has made a signature commitment to supporting education, with a specific focus on increasing college access, to help develop the talent of the future. Through its program, Deloitte is involved in a variety of initiatives, aimed at increasing college enrollment rates amongst low-income students. In support of the goals its shares with College Summit a leading voice on college access, Deloitte brings a variety of corporate assets to bear, including formal pro bono work, significant cash giving, skilled volunteerism, national and local board leadership, and ad hoc specialized counsel in order to make a social impact

Deloitte spent more than a year developing a multimillion dollar “data warehouse” for College Summit. The data warehouse has helped the organization increase its own productivity in delivering information to schools by 87 percent in some cases, which means College Summit staff spend less time generating reports and more time positively impacting the students’ lives. Another outcome is a 300 percent increase in the number of schools that receive college enrollment rate information from College Summit and can act on it immediately with students. And, College Summit reports a 20 percent increase in college enrollment for program participants.

As a signature effort, Deloitte continues to provide specialized pro bono support to College Summit, which is not only helping the organization function more effectively, it is also helping them pilot important new revenue streams. This integrated support is enabling College Summit to change the lives of low income students across the country and, ultimately, to move the needle on an issue that is extremely important to Deloitte.

Key terms

Signature issue: The combination of formal pro bono work with additional corporate
assets for the purpose of leveraging significant internal resources
against a specific social issue.

Optimal client or impact area: Issue area.

Impact on client: The strength of this model is in combining pro bono support with
other corporate resources for the benefit of the nonprofit.

Provider cost: The success of this model lies in the scale and customization of
the campaign and a powerful campaign will be extremely resource

Top organizational goals met:

  • Reputation: Projects associated with a signature issue are high
    profile endeavors that, when successful, can lead to even more
    visible outcomes.
  • Human Capital: Companies that creatively make the most of a full
    range of assets can provide substantial development and leadership
    opportunities for its people.

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President Obama gave part of his Nobel Prize award money to College Summit? Read more.


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