Facts about PMDoS

 About the Project Management Day of Service

The Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS) ScopeAthon is a community outreach event of unprecedented scale providing pro bono project management services to nonprofits on the country’s national day of service - Martin Luther King Jr. day in one place at one time.

On January 19, five DC metropolitan Project Management Institute (PMI) chapters will partner with the Taproot Foundation to offer free project management services to 100 nonprofits. The Taproot Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to improve society by matching nonprofit organizations in need of pro bono professional services with organizations and individuals that provide those pro bono services.

The PMDoS ScopeAthon is a one day problem-solving event where nonprofits are matched with subject matter experts on marketing, human resources, strategy, finance or technology challenges. Together, participants will discuss and diagnose a critical problem and then scope out a project to help address and overcome the issue.

By the end of the event, the nonprofits will have a clear understanding of a challenge and a practical plan to address it; expert consulting from seasoned pro bono consultants; and a road map on how to proceed with implementing their newly scoped project.

 The PMDoS ScopeAthon will take place on Monday, January 19, 2015 (Martin Luther King Day) at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA, 22182, beginning at 8 a.m.

 How is the PM DOS Organized?

This event will be managed by a team of 40 volunteer project managers from the DC metro area chapters who are providing 10-80 hours of volunteer work per month from June 2014 through February 2015. This group formed a Project Management Office and helped developed several different divisions that will assist in making the ScopeAthon a success.

 Who are the Nonprofits?

There are 100 nonprofits consisting of nonprofit and charitable organizations that help families, children, the arts, career development, military, veterans and providing and those providing legal aid.  Some of the nonprofits that will be present that day including: Courtney’s House, Thrive DC, the Southeast Children’s Fund, Ashoka, the Jude House, Cornerstone Montgomery, PIZZAZZ and the Fairfax Library Foundation.  For the complete listing, click here.

 Who are the Volunteers?

The five PMI chapters are relying on dedicated volunteers to accomplish this feat. Driven by professionals in various fields, these volunteers help lead and manage all types of projects from the smallest task to the largest program – and that’s just the beginning. These skills, which are normally at cost, will be shared with the nonprofits at no cost during the ScopeAthon. To date, these volunteersfrom the five Project Management Institute chapters in our region have already raised more than $10,000. These monies will help offset the operational costs of this one-day event.

To help ease costs for the day, there are several sponsors who are helping us serve those who serve others including: Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, BIS Global’s Charity Engine, Hewlett Packard, Simtelligent, M Powered Strategies, Fortezza Consulting, PMO Strategies, Xerox, PMI Educational Foundation, Falcon Design and Print, University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence, PMO-in-a-Box, A Plus Office Equipment, A Billion + Change, Potomac Management Resources, Information Technology Consultants, L3 National Security Solutions, BCI Communications, Custom Bulk USB, PostNet, and Capitol Asset. 

 How the PMDoS Will Help to Effect Change? 

Nonprofits will receive expertise and pro bono support of professional project managers in support of the development of multiple projects.  This could impact thousands of lives that are recipients of the nonprofits’ efforts.