Pro Bono Program

Our Pro Bono program matches qualified beginning indexers with non-profit organizations that need small indexes. Experienced indexers serve as reviewers so that all indexes are of professional quality.

  • Are you a new indexer who needs a jump start in the field? See program guidelines for indexers.
  • Are you an experienced indexer who enjoys helping new indexers launch their careers? See information for mentors below.
  • Does your non-profit organization need an index for a cookbook, employee/volunteer handbook, newsletter, or other publication? See information for organizations below
  • Would you like to know about some pro bono projects that have already been successfully completed and ones that are currently in the works? See past projects.

PNW/ASI’s Pro Bono Program, created by past chapter president Sherry Smith, matches new indexers with non-profit organizations that need books, manuals, or other publications indexed with new indexers. The indexers work with the non-profits to write the indexes under the wing of mentors (seasoned professionals) who provide advice and feedback along the way. It’s truly a win-win situation – the non-profits receive a top-notch index that would not be affordable otherwise, and the new indexers have polished samples for their portfolios. The mentors also feel great, because they did a super job of nurturing fledglings in the field.

Information for organizations: To receive pro bono indexing services, an organization is required to be non-profit with no funding available for the indexing portion of the publishing project. To request an application form, contact Sherry Smith, PNW/ASI Pro Bono Committee Coordinator.

Information for Mentors: The experienced indexer has two roles: “mentor” and reviewer. As a mentor, she or he answers questions and offers suggestions to the beginning indexer during the project. As a reviewer, the experienced indexer checks the final version of the index and approves it before it is submitted to the client. These tasks should involve a small amount of time because the beginning indexers are screened thoroughly before they are assigned projects. To sign up, send your name, contact information, and preferred subject areas to Sherry Smith, PNW/ASI Pro Bono Committee Coordinator.

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