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 has updated 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 D.C. 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 D.C.). 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 D.C. 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) is a one-day community service event where project management professionals provide project management services, pro bono, to leading nonprofit organizations.  Our flagship PMDoS event, held annually in the Washington, D.C. area, is replicated globally to aid nonprofit organizations in assessing and planning projects to enable them to deliver services of sustained value to their communities.

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, Australia, and the UK!

Events can be held anywhere there is significant interest and we’re eager to help you get started

WHAT types OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WORK WITH PMDOS?

PMDoS attracts a wide variety of nonprofit organizations from multiple sectors, including but not limited to:

  • 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 types OF NEEDS DO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS HAVE?

Nonprofits’ 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?

On the event date, you can expect a standard-length business day—generally 8 hours—which will include dedicated time for networking, meals, and the face-to-face work time with your nonprofit.

In addition, we require a you view a one-hour training webinar to become familiar with the unique needs and challenges facing 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?

Yes, PMDoS event participation is eligible for PDUs! Volunteers are encouraged to self-report any applicable PDUs on PMI's Continuing Certification Requirements System (CCRS). Additional information and guidance is available at PMDoS events.

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

You do not need to possess a PMP/CAPM 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. Unfortunately, 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 D.C. (Flagship Event) FAQs

WHERE WILL THE 2019 EVENT BE HELD? IS IT METRO-ACCESSIBLE?

The 2019 D.C. 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 D.C. Metro, College Park is accessible via the Green Line, as well as multiple bus lines.

WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?

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

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER?

We understand that Winter weather can be unpredictable. Decisions on inclement weather will be made 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? WHAT ABOUT ALLERGIES?

Lunch and snacks will be provided to all attendees. Please contact your local event team if you have food allergies so we can address your 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 I CAN’T ATTEND! WHO DO I CONTACT?

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

HOW MANY Project managers ARE ON A TEAM? Which project manager is "in charge?"

Each team is comprised of 2-4 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 when self-assigning these roles. Nonprofits are generally represented by 1-3 staff members.

NOTE: Our nonprofit participants receive the greatest benefit from the diversity of perspective coming from each project manager. PM backgrounds, styles, industries, and work environments vary widely in the profession. And the PMDoS is intended as an opportunity for each PM to contribute equally, regardless of specialty. Therefore, we discourage PMs performing strictly "administrative" duties in their group, and favor the active and supportive contributions of each PM volunteer.

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 make every attempt to accommodate such requests.