Celebration of Service Frequently Asked Questions

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The FAQs below will help provide details on what the Celebration of Service is about, along with instructions on how to submit your pledge and supporting video or images. If you do not see the answer to your question here, please contact celebrationofservice@pmi.org.

General Information


Our 50th Anniversary is a time to reflect on the achievements of project managers and recognize the progress that the profession as a whole has made. We also see it as a time to pull together in service, contribute our collective skills and passion, and make a difference in the world together. PMI has partnered with the United Nations’ mission to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. 

The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all individuals worldwide. They address the challenges we face as a global community. These goals are scalable and applicable to all project leaders around the world allowing everyone equal opportunity to make an impact through service projects.

PMI has committed to contributing 50,000 hours towards attaining these goals by 31 December 2019. We are calling upon PMI staff, members, chapters, credential holders, volunteers and any individuals or organizations who want to get involved to pledge their commitment in the form of hours of service.

  1. No Poverty - Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

  2. Zero Hunger - The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

  3. Good Health and Well-Being - Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development

  4. Quality Education - Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

  5. Gender Equality - Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

  6. Clean Water and Sanitation - Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in.

  7. Affordable and Clean Energy - Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.

  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth - Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.

  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure - Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.

  10. Reduced Inequalities - To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities - There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

  12. Responsible Production and Consumption - Responsible Production and Consumption.

  13. Climate Action - Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

  14. Life Below Water - Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

  15. Life On Land - Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions  - Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

  17. Partnerships for the Goals - Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Pledges that have been made towards reaching our goal of 50,000 hours can be found at www.pmi.org/anniversary/gallery. You can also find pledges online using #PMI50.

There are no minimum or maximum number of participants on a project. 

Global Celebration of Service reference materials and playbooks can be found throughout the PMI 50th Anniversary website. These materials have been designed to assist you with the project and pledge process.

Submitting a Pledge


In order to submit your pledge, navigate to www.pmi.org/anniversary/global-celebration-of-service-pledge-form on your desktop, tablet or smartphone. 

Pledges can be submitted on behalf of an individual, a group of individuals, a PMI chapter, or a company or organization. 

One individual has the ability to submit multiple pledges on behalf of multiple chapters.

One individual has the ability to submit multiple pledges on behalf of multiple groups or organizations.

We want to see how excited you are about your project! Take advantage of the opportunity to share your enthusiasm, planning process, team members, etc. with us through images or videos. Your images or videos could be an inspiration to others to get involved.

Yes! If you don’t have an image or video ready and would still like to make your pledge, complete all required fields of the Global Celebration of Service pledge form and click submit. In order to submit an image or video at a later time, please contact celebrationofservice@pmi.org.

After review, your image or video may be posted on the Global Celebration of Service gallery page or on PMI’s social media channels. Publication by PMI is not guaranteed. 

Upon completing required fields of the pledge form, you will be directed to a confirmation that your pledge has been received. 

Pledges cannot be modified via the pledge form once they are submitted. If you would like to modify your pledge, please contact celebrationofservice@pmi.org.

Yes! We will only reach our goal of 50,000 pledged hours by working together. Feel free to share your pledge images and videos on your social media networks and websites using #PMI50 where applicable.

Completing the Pledge form


Please contact PMI Customer Care for instructions on how to modify your PMI account.

Some projects may meet more than one of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Please select the goal to which your project is most closely aligned.

Based on your project plan and what you anticipate it will take to complete it, please estimate the number of volunteers that will be involved. 

Absolutely! We encourage multi-year projects that will continue to impact the global community over time, along with short-term projects that will provide near-instant impact.

The PMI Global Celebration of Service goal of 50,000 hours includes hours to be completed in 2019 only. Please estimate the number of hours that will be completed during 2019.

Supported image files include JPG, PNG and BMP. File size is limited to 7MB.

Upon review and approval of your pledge content, PMI may share your image on their social media channels. We want to be sure you are recognized for your commitment to making a difference in the world by properly tagging your social media accounts where appropriate.

Your ongoing project absolutely counts toward the 50,000-hour goal. Identify which of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals best aligns with your project and enter hours projected for 2019 only when completing the pledge form.

Pledges cannot be modified via the pledge form once they are submitted. If you would like to add hours to your pledge, please contact celebrationofservice@pmi.org.