VEGA Proudly Joins IMPACT 2030
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2017
VEGA PROUDLY JOINS IMPACT 2030
Collaboration and partnerships will promote the vital role of skilled volunteers in effective global development
Washington, D.C. — Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) announced it has joined IMPACT 2030 as a founding stakeholder to increase collaboration and partnerships with the private sector to promote the vital role of skilled volunteers in effective global development.
IMPACT 2030 is a private-sector led global coalition of companies that brings together important stakeholders to work together in collaboration with the United Nations, philanthropic organizations, civil society organizations, volunteer organizations and academia to strategically expand and encourage corporate volunteering on a global scale.
VEGA brings together its 27 member NGOs and their networks of more than 100,000 highly skilled volunteers to partner with the U.S. government, particularly USAID, to efficiently and effectively generate sustainable economic growth in the developing world. Over the past dozen years as an independent, non-partisan non-profit consortium, VEGA has made a lasting impact building peer-to-peer partnerships with people around the globe seeking self-reliance and opportunities to create more prosperity.
Both VEGA and IMPACT 2030 believe that a commitment to corporate volunteering is a powerful tool to accelerate the international achievement of U.S. and global development goals and inspire the private sector to positive action.
“We are very pleased to officially join forces with IMPACT 2030’s corporations and stakeholders. Future economic growth to create more security, stability and prosperity will require multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships that leverage the generous skills and spirit of the American people,” stated Michael Deal, president and CEO, VEGA. “We will bring to bear our extensive experience partnering with the U.S. government and incorporating highly skilled volunteers into effective global development efforts.”
IMPACT 2030 Executive Director Dr. Tauni Lanier said, “We are thrilled to have VEGA join our select group of nonprofit entities—philanthropic organization, civil society organizations and volunteer organizations—that serve as Founding Stakeholders. VEGA is exceptional in its members’ breadth and depth of experience in achieving progress on development goals across the globe utilizing pro bono service.”
This is the continuation of a fruitful collaboration that began last year. On December 5, IMPACT 2030 cosponsored the International Volunteer Day Forum and Awards Celebration, hosted by VEGA in Washington, D.C. At this event, members of Congress and the administration joined thought leaders and doers to celebrate the vital role of American volunteers, discuss the special value of volunteers in multi-stakeholder efforts to meet this century’s global development and security challenges and call for prioritizing effective volunteer programs and policies in the new Congress and Trump administration. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., gave the keynote speech on prioritizing volunteer service in U.S. foreign assistance.
IMPACT 2030 is the only private sector-led initiative, in collaboration with the United Nations and other stakeholders, leveraging human capital investments through employee volunteer programs globally to directly and substantially contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The initiative takes a collective and multi-sector approach to impact the SDGs and leverages economies of scale by encouraging collective volunteering efforts by companies, ensuring scalability and sustainability of volunteer projects on the ground.
Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) brings together its 27 member NGOs and their networks of more than 100,000 highly skilled volunteers to partner with USAID to efficiently and effectively generate sustainable economic growth in the developing world. Over the past dozen years as an independent, non-partisan non-profit consortium, VEGA has made a lasting impact building peer-to-peer partnerships with people around the globe seeking self-reliance and opportunities to create more prosperity.
On 58 programs in 46 countries representing more than $340 million in U.S. foreign assistance, VEGA has saved more than $30 million taxpayer dollars and nearly doubled the program value through cost share and leverage, including more than 39,000 days of volunteer service.