Project Management Institute

COVID-19 Response

The world needs you now more than ever.

You may recall, in the spring of 2020, the PMI global community came together to assist those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These efforts are still ongoing, as the pandemic continues to ravage parts of the world. The PMI global community of changemakers is continuing to make an impact by dedicating their skills, expertise and time to help through many diverse ways. From donating blood, masks, or food, to leading large infrastructure projects or even helping a neighbor in need, PMI volunteers continue to support their communities in this unprecedented time.

And these efforts are only part of the impact made by PMI volunteers every day. Whether in times of the pandemic or not, PMI volunteers make PMI’s winning aspiration possible daily by “empowering people to make ideas a reality” and by being the positive change that they want to see in the world.

As a member of the United Nations Global Compact, PMI has pledged to support the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UN 17 SDGs) that are designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The time and service hours that PMI volunteers are committing to assist those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or any other social good cause directly support the UN 17 SDGs.

If you, your PMI chapter or your organization are passionately working to help those affected by COVID-19 in their community, please share the impact you're making by submitting a SDG Pledge Form at the button below and by sharing your PMImpact stories on social media using hashtag #PMImpact. We can’t wait to see the impact we can all make together!

SDG Pledge Form

PMI Dallas Chapter Mask Donation

The PMI Dallas Chapter has worked with Collin County Schools to donate over 600 fabric masks, 20,000 surgical masks and 4 surgical caps to organizations in their local community since February.

PMI Dallas Chapter Volunteers at Mask Donation Event 1

PMImpact: The Social Good Impact of Professionals in Project Management

Looking to get started?

As project managers, we get stuff done and in times of crisis we roll up our sleeves to do whatever we need to help. Even if you only have a few minutes to help, consider some of these ideas of how you can make a difference during this challenging time.

Connect with PMIEF. Looking to help youth and don’t know where to begin? Download the PMI Educational Foundation’s free resources to help you get started. As PMI’s philanthropic arm, PMIEF offers over 30 free resources in multiple languages to help those looking to use their project management skill set for social good. Some of the top titles include PM Skills for Life, The Tower Game and Managing Life’s Projects.

Donate blood. Blood banks around the world are experiencing an alarming shortage. The need for blood is constant and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those who need it. Contact the Red Cross or your local blood bank to schedule a safe blood donation appointment.

Develop a remote program strategy. Offer to help create a plan for a local NGO or community-based organization to transition their core program offerings online by developing a focused strategy, timeline for implementation, and methods and metrics for measuring success.

Many NGOs, especially small, local ones, lack the skills or resources to make this shift on their own and are asking for assistance that will allow them to continue delivering their much-needed social services amid the crisis.

Consider how you might show your appreciation to some of the people who keep our communities functioning. Call your local police department and ask if they'd be willing to accept a delivery of a few pizzas as a small token of your appreciation (this helps out your local pizzeria, too!) or put a box of goods next to your front door with a message thanking delivery people and encouraging them to help themselves.

Volunteer virtually. These are tough times for all healthcare professionals. Gather friends online, collect thank you messages, make a digital collage, and share it on social media and with PMI.

For further questions please contact [email protected].

Need some inspiration? Watch these TED Talks.

Shalini Unnikrishnan

Volunteer Initiative Shalini Unni

We need to turn our response to crisis inside out

During the peak of the Ebola crisis, the recovery process in Africa was not going according to plan. Failure after sobering failure forced health consultant Shalini Unnikrishnan to recognize that they had approached the crisis from the wrong direction. In this impassioned talk, she urges the response to the next pandemic to be centered on the people it impacts rather than the virus that spreads the disease. She advocates for a new approach that will infuse scientific procedures with the emotion, tradition and belief that are inextricably intertwined when crises are both global and local at once. 

Elizabeth Gilbert

Volunteer Initiative LIz Gilbert

It's OK to feel overwhelmed. Here's what to do next

If you're feeling anxious or fearful during the coronavirus pandemic, you're not alone. Offering hope and understanding, author Elizabeth Gilbert reflects on how to stay present, accept grief when it comes and trust in the strength of the human spirit. "Resilience is our shared genetic inheritance," she says. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and head of curation Helen Walters. Recorded April 2, 2020)