Sysadmins: Do you do pro bono work?

As I learn more about the standards by which other professionals manage their practice, I realize how little that resembles what I do, and it’s eye opening in a lot of ways.

For instance, Model Rule 6.1 of the American Bar Association states:

Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.

The American Institute of Architects also expects their practicing professionals to render pro bono service to community-based not-for-profit and underprivileged organizations.

In addition, studies have found that some medical professionals have been doing more pro bono or volunteer work.

I asked on twitter whether anyone was doing this kind of work:

I was surprised how many people said that they were doing what would be considered pro bono work. So of course, I wanted to find out more.

I’ve created a Google form with some questions that I have. If you’ve done pro bono work, please take a few moments to fill out the questionnaire. I’ve left all of the answers as “paragraph text” because if you want to talk more about the particular answer, I want to read what you have to say.

Thanks in advance!

  • Matt Finnigan

    My company ( a consulting/managed services firm ) does handle some of the clients pro bono, and also dedicates a defined percentage of profits as donation to a local charity. I myself don’t do any pro bono work on my own, unless family & friends count. And I discourage them :-)

  • Ed Greemberg

    I’ve never met anybody who wanted pro-bono system administration. I could spend my entire life doing pro-bono web work, but I refuse, since I’ve found that people only value what they pay for. As an example, a local Rabbi asked me to implement a WordPress site without being willing to sit down and do specifications, since he could always ask me to do it again if he didn’t like it.

    My Uncle Herman, who was a businessman in New York City for over 50 years, had a rule… Never give away the thing you do business in. Make a donation, buy an ad, whatever, but do not donate product or service. It’s never appreciated.