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PMI:  Why Social Impact Matters


As part of PMI’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2019, PMI partnered with the United Nations to identify Sustainable Development Goals.  From the PMI website, “The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice." The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030. 

A list of 17 goals were identified and you can see the full list below.  Additional details are provided here:   Take Action for the Sustainable Development Goals – United Nations Sustainable Development.


As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration, chapters and individuals pledged hours to work on projects that would achive these sustainable development goals.  Initially, PMI hoped that 50,000 hours would be pledged but this initiative was so popular that ultimately, 151,874 hours were pledged!

Fast forward two years, and PMI wants to continue to keep a focus on meeting these sustainable development goals and are emphasizing how you as Project Managers can help to make a difference.  This focus is higlighted in an article titled “Why Social Impact Matters – Deliverying Meaningful Change Through Projects”.  As stated in the article,

“Projects have the power to make a better world – to create new jobs; advance diversity, equality and inclusion; provide essential infrastructure; enhance education; improve public health and safety.  Every day, projects help the world take one more step toard achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).    But such change doesn’t happen by chance.  To truly make a difference, organizations must examine the social impact of their projects from the start.  Only then, with meticulous planning and tracking, can companies deliver projects that generate benefits across the enterprise – and the world at large.” 

The article goes on to talk about how Social Impact is Measured, Turning Intent into Action, Leading the Pack on Social Impact, The Power of Positive Impact, Doing the Right /Smart Thing (1. Discover a Competitive Edge, 2. Make It a Strategic Priority, and 3. Measure the Influence), Social Impact in the Project Economy, and the article concludes with 10 Positive Forces (The top 10 Social Good Initiatives on PMI’s 2020 list of Most Influential Projects).  You can read the full article here:  Why Social Impact Matters | PMI

If you are working on a project that meets one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals click here to pledge your hours.  If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Samantha Cowan, the FWPMI Chapter’s PMI Youth & Social Impact Coordinator, at pmief@fwpmi.org.

New PMI Education Foundation (PMIEF) Chapter Liaison


Hi Fort Worth! I am Samantha Cowan and I’m your new PMIEF Chapter Liaison! I’m truly excited about this role as I get to liaise with PMI Global about the great work we do in the community and then communicate to our Chapter what Global PMI is doing so we can partner with them in Social Good efforts and activities! As a volunteer also in our Fort Worth PMI Academic Outreach team, this role compliments nicely! PMIEF is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and  is celebrating its 30th year. PMIEF is  partnering with youth-serving nonprofits that instill the importance of learning and help youth build life skills through project management. These partnerships help prepare young people to better pursue their academic and professional goals by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary for 21st century success. The 2020 partnerships are with the following Nonprofits:


Special Olympics International (SOI) encourages inclusion with the aim of eradicating discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities.


F1 in SchoolsTM (F1iS), the official Formula 1® education initiative.


Junior Achievement partners with corporations and individuals to fund the programs that are delivered to our local students.

We need your help

We have already started planning several activities with the Special Olympics and are working towards offering some exciting volunteer opportunities. We will keep you updated as these opportunities come available. If you know anyone involved with the Fort Worth Chapter of Junior Achievement or F1 in Schools, can you please put us in touch with them? We would love an introduction which would help greatly in establishing a relationship.  Please email me at pmief@fwpmi.org.


I am honored to be volunteering as the PMIEF liaison and look forward to collaborating with you all for Social Good!