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 elevate 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.

Is PM4C affiliated with THE 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 participate regularly at local PMI chapter events, especially in preparation for local PMDoS events.

Is PM4C affiliated with any nonprofit foundations?

PM4C partners annually with renowned DC nonprofit powerhouses Points of Light and ABillion+Change, and has working relationships with many other non-profit organizations that share our vision.



Project Management Day of Service® (PMDoS) FAQs

WHAT IS THE DAY OF SERVICE ABOUT?

The Project Management Day of Service® (PMDoS) 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 PMDoS was held in Washington, DC, and has grown to cities including Houston, TX; Hampton Roads, VA; Atlanta, GA; and New York, NY. Recently, international PMI Chapters have hosted events in Poland and Australia! Events can be held anywhere there is significant interest and we’re eager to help you get started

WHAT KINDS OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WORK WITH PMDOS?

PMDoS attracts a wide variety of nonprofit organizations from multiple sectors, including:

  • 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 NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS HAVE?

Nonprofit's needs range from strategic to tactical, operations to administrative, and human to technical. They cover topics such as marketing/branding, volunteer recruitment, fundraising, grant writing, event planning, and many other goals.

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 for both yourself and your nonprofit. In addition, a one-hour webinar training session is required for all attendees to be familiar with the unique situations needs of nonprofits.

As a Volunteer, CAN I PICK THE NONPROFIT 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 nonprofit 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 possess a PMP certification in order to participate, nor do you need to have an explicit clinical understanding of project management principles. We value the contributions of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), and many other industry professionals, who are able to make positive contributions to the goals of our non-profit participants.

As a Volunteer, HOW AM I PAIRED WITH A NONPROFIT?     

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

HOW Are NONPROFITs PREPARED FOR PMDOS?

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



PMDoS DC FAQs

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

The 2019 DC PMDoS 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 DC Metro, College Park is accessible via the Green Line, as well as multiple bus lines.  When planning to use public transportation, please remember that MLK, Jr. Day is a Federal holiday and may impact mass transit availability. 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?

This is a professional event. Business professional attire, at minimum, is strongly encouraged.

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?

A $20 donation is kindly request from each volunteer to help cover event costs (you are welcome to donate more!).  Continuing sponsorship opportunities are available on individual and corporate levels, and may be put towards PM4Change, or a local PMDoS event. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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 nonprofit 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 wherever possible. Please notify your local event team, and we will do our best to accommodate such requests.