Leveraging Employee Expertise through Skilled Volunteerism

Regions hospital in Minnesota.

H.B. Fuller employees are passionate about supporting their communities, and we want to facilitate highly impactful connections with local nonprofits. 

Skills-based volunteerism leverages the specialized skills of volunteers to build infrastructure and capacity for nonprofits. One example of skills-based volunteerism is service on the board of directors of a nonprofit. Serving on a nonprofit board gives employees an opportunity to use the skills they have built in their professional lives to support organizations and causes they are passionate about. Several H.B. Fuller leaders serve on the boards of nonprofits in our headquarters community in Minnesota.

Tim KeenanTim Keenan, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, has served on the board of directors of Regions Hospital Foundation for six years, and is currently serving as chair of the board. Tim is inspired by Regions Hospital’s focus on providing excellent specialty care, as well as serving as one of the largest providers of charity care for those in need in Minnesota. During his time on the board, Tim has seen Regions take on critical and often underserved health needs in the community – including mental health and the opioid epidemic.

Regions Hospital Foundation has benefitted from Tim’s willingness to share his professional experience in corporate governance and assist with strategic planning. Tim has enjoyed being able to find commonalities between corporate and nonprofit approaches to addressing complex issues and developing action plans. Through his service, Tim has also benefited, both professionally and personally. The lessons he has learned from taking on a leadership role on the board of directors have transferred to his role at H.B. Fuller.

Jeff Smith, H.B. FullerJeff Smith, Director, Americas Research and Development, serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) at the University of Minnesota. CSP works to transform how plastics are made and unmade through research, education, and partnerships – ultimately aiming to develop new chemistries, polymers, processes, and technologies that embrace sustainability. Jeff’s career experience and professional interests made him a natural fit for the CSP board. He brings a background in sustainable polymers, as well as a wealth of knowledge about the chemical industry. Jeff is also passionate about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, and enjoys seeing the practical applications of science research.

Jeff was excited to join the CSP board because he saw clear connections between CSP’s mission and issues he addresses in his work every day. In particular, Jeff is hoping to support efforts to introduce and leverage CSP’s research into industry. For example, CSP is working to convert readily available traditional polymers into more sustainable polymers – an initiative that results in benefits for both the environment as well as business. From H.B. Fuller’s perspective, connecting with the University of Minnesota is an important way to participate in cutting-edge research, as well as to build relationships with the next generation of scientists and engineers.

H.B. Fuller recognizes the commitment and dedication of Tim, Jeff, and many other employee volunteers by awarding grants to nonprofits with an H.B. Fuller employee serving on their board of directors. We are proud to offer this opportunity for employees to leverage their expertise to make a real difference in their communities. 

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