Project Management for Change (PM4C) FAQs

What is Project Management for Change?

Project Management for Change (PM4C) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise the profile of the Project Management profession by creating positive impact in our community. 

Does PM4C have a headquarters?

PM4C is based out of the Metro DC area, but does not have a brick and mortar presence. We meet monthly at a co-working space in the Tysons Corner area. 

Is PM4C affiliated with Project Management Institute (PMI) or any of its chapters?

PM4C is not affiliated with PMI or any of its chapters, but we do have a working relationship with many chapters in Region 5 (Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and DC). We can often be found at chapter events, especially as we gear up for a local PMDoS event.

Is PM4C affiliated with any nonprofit foundations?

PM4C is not affiliated with any nonprofit foundations, choosing instead to work with local powerhouses including Points of Light and ABillion+Change. 


Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS) FAQs

WHAT IS THE DAY OF SERVICE ABOUT?

The Project Management Day of Service one-day community service event in which project managers provide pro bono project management skills to nonprofit leaders requiring assistance in assessing and planning projects for their organizations to succeed.

 WHERE ARE PMDOS EVENTS HELD?

The original Project Management Day of Service was held in Washington DC and has grown to cities including Houston, Hampton Roads, NYC, and Australia. Events can be held anywhere there is significant interest and we’re more than pleased to help you get one started! 

WHAT KINDS OF NPOS WORK WITH PMDOS?

PMDoS attracts a wide variety of organizations which we categorize into seven sectors:

  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
  • Youth Development and Agricultural
  • Foreign Affairs and National Security
  • Art, Culture, Education
  • General and Rehabilitative, Community Health Systems
  • Veterans Support
  • Public & Social Benefit

WHAT KIND OF NEEDS DO THESE NPOS HAVE?

Past NPO needs have included marketing/branding, volunteer recruitment and grant writing.

 As a Volunteer, HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO DEDICATE TO THE EVENT? IS THERE TRAINING?

We ask for one full day (averaging 8 hours) in order to maximize the return on investment (ROI) for both yourself and your NPO. In addition, a one-hour webinar training session is required for all attendees to be familiar with the unique situations needs of NPOs.

As a Volunteer, CAN I PICK THE NPO I WORK WITH?

We try to pair volunteers with the most appropriate organizations, and we understand that there may be an organization close to your heart. Should there be a specific NPO you would like to work with, please contact your local event team, and every effort will be made to provide that match.

CAN MY EMPLOYER SEND A TEAM TO A PMDOS EVENT?

Yes! Please contact your local event team for more information and an Employer Team packet.

CAN I GET PDUS FOR VOLUNTEERING? HOW DO I CLAIM THEM?

We are currently working on guidelines to claim PDUs under the new Continuing Certifications Requirement.

As a Volunteer, Do I NEED TO BE PMP CERTIFIED?

You do not need to be PMP certified in order to participate. You do not need to have an understanding of project management principles.

As a Volunteer, HOW AM I PAIRED WITH MY NPO?     

Your event Human Resources Team will use your application, resume and Linked In profile (if provided) to create a match between you and an NPO based on the NPOs' project scoping needs. Some project managers may remain unmatched until the event in order to replace any open spots. Due to event logistics limitations, pairings will not be available before the event.

HOW Are NPOS BE PREPARED FOR PMDOS?

NPOs will be given training and worksheets to help develop their problem statement for their project scoping needs before the event.


PMDoS DC FAQs

WHERE WILL THE 2018 EVENT BE HELD? IS IT METRO-ACCESSIBLE?

The 2018 DC event will be held at the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland, College Park – a highly metro-accessible location! For those using the Metro, College Park is on the Green Line as well as multiple bus lines.  When planning to use public transportation, please remember that MLK Day is a Federal holiday. Transportation will be provided between the rail station and Stamp Student Union. Look for more information in our event newsletter.

WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?

There is no official dress code, but many participants wear business professional clothing.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER?

We understand that January weather can be unpredictable. Decisions on inclement weather will be made on Sunday afternoon, the day before the event. Participants will be notified of any changes (i.e., a start time change or event cancellation) by email and announcements will be made via social media.

DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING TO THE EVENT?

Please bring a personal computer (e.g., laptop or tablet). We will provide pens, paper, USB drives, and project planning templates.

WILL MEALS BE PROVIDED?

Lunch and snacks will be provided to all attendees. Please contact your local event team if you have food allergy concerns.

IS THERE A COST ASSOCIATED WITH THE EVENT?

We ask for a $20 donation from each volunteer to cover logistical costs. You are welcome to donate more, and all donations are tax deductible.

I SIGNED UP BUT NOW CANNOT ATTEND. WHO DO I CONTACT?

Please contact your local event team as soon as possible so appropriate changes can be made.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON A TEAM?

Each team is comprised of 3-4 PM volunteers with three filling distinct roles: Lead, Timekeeper, and Scribe. While we can suggest a team lead, we have found in past years that teams are more productive self-assigning these roles. The NPO may be represented by 1-3 staff members.

I’D LIKE TO SIGN UP FOR THE EVENT WITH FRIENDS/COWORKERS. CAN WE BE ASSIGNED TO THE SAME TEAM?

Everything is better with a friend! We will try to honor team requests whenever possible. Please make your request to the local event team, and we will do our best.