Q&A With a Corporate Pro Bono Consultant

By Bert Guzenski - Program Manager at Blue Shield of CA | Comments (0)

Blue Shield of California recently piloted a pro bono program with the Taproot Foundation. Over the summer, Blue Shield employees engaged in team-based, eight-week projects to address critical capacity challenges with two partner domestic violence agencies. In addition to the positive impact made on the nonprofits, the employee participants took a lot away from the experience. But don’t take our word for it: Below is a case...

A Student View: Growing a Global Pro Bono Movement

By Carolin Graetsch | Comments (0)
A Student View: Growing a Global Pro Bono Movement

Carolin Graetsch, a master’s student in nonprofit management at the Berlin School of Economics and Law who recently completed her thesis on intermediaries in the pro bono sector, spent 3 weeks with the Taproot Foundation in San Francisco. She also works for the BMW Foundation, and is working to make more pro bono happen globally.

In the blog below, Carolin describes how she plans to carry her experience with...

Remembering 9/11 Through Pro Bono Service

By Billy Moran | Comments (0)

September, when warm days and cool nights bring relief to the soupy ends of August weather. The leaves begin to turn and kids go back to school. It is the ending of one thing and the beginning of another. For the last fourteen years it has also been a time of mourning. It is a time when we remember the fateful events that occurred on September 11th. 


Bring Your Challenge—Take Home A Solution

By Rebecca Fleischman - Taproot NYC Development Associate | Comments (0)

“It is truly inspiring to watch all of these organizations, which are so vital to this community, come together in one room and address the challenges they face in a safe, open conversation,” said John Naughton, senior staff member at the Ford Foundation and facilitator of the Good Neighbor Committee.

Last month, Taproot partnered with the Ford Foundation to host a Pro Bono Lab as part of its...

Creating Mutual Benefits Partnerships: Brainstorming a way forward for nonprofit and company relationships in San Francisco

By Ava Kuhlen - Advisory Services Senior Consultant | Comments (0)

Companies have a range of resources to offer the community, including time, space, talent, product and financial contributions. They also have a true desire to build relationships with nonprofits in the community.

Nonprofits often struggle with building long-term relationships with corporate partners and face challenges in identifying the best possible, and effective, pathways to collaborate.

In September 2014, Taproot Foundation convened 9 companies, 10 nonprofits, and representatives from 3...

Small Business ScopeAthon - New Audience, Same Results

By Josh Tvrdy - Taproot Foundation | Comments (0)

In June 2015, Taproot Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust partnered together to deliver a ScopeAthon, a half-day workshop for small business owners in Chicago. Through this pro bono consulting event, Taproot looked to connect business owners to a team of consultants—volunteer experts in HR, marketing, IT and strategy—that would support the business in developing an action plan to tackle a pressing organizational challenge, ideally mitigating this...

Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Author Spotlight: Alethea Hannemann, Taproot Foundation

By Tessa Srebro - VolunteerMatch | Comments (0)
Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Author Spotlight: Alethea Hannemann, Taproot Foundation

This blog has been cross-posted from the VolunteerMatch blog.

VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, features chapters from 35 experts in the field of volunteer engagement. In this series of blog posts, get to know these #35experts and their areas of expertise.

Today’s expert: Alethea Hannemann, Vice President of Product and National Programs,The Taproot Foundation

First of all, what is your...

I Am My Brother’s Keeper

By Max Skolnik - Executive Director of DC & National Program Lead | Comments (0)
I Am My Brother’s Keeper

This blog is reposted from the Huffington Post blog.

I've told this story before but it bears repeating, especially in these trying times. For many years, I ran youth programs in the District of Columbia. I worked with hundreds, maybe thousands, of young people all over the city. Still, I keep coming back to the experiences of two kids. Both were African American. They lived about five miles...

Taproot Marks Celebration of Matt O'Grady Day in 2015

By Kate Effland - National Senior Development Manager | Comments (0)
Taproot Marks Celebration of Matt O'Grady Day in 2015

Today marks the 4th time that I – and many other past and present Roots – will celebrate the anniversary of Matt O’Grady Day. When I pause to think of what Matt O’Grady Day means to me, I think back to when Taproot’s founder, Aaron Hurst, first declared this a company holiday through an Executive Order in 2012. He wrote:

“From this year forward, we will close our...

New Kid on the Block

By Amy Klen - Executive Director of VolunteerConnect | Comments (0)
New Kid on the Block

This guest blog was written by Amy Klein, Executive Director of VolunteerConnect.

I like to joke that my pro bono “aha” moment was when Taproot founder, Aaron Hurst, retweeted one of my tweets. But it truly was when a corporate pro bono volunteer told me what a personal impact her project had and how grateful she was for the experience. She had become “happier at work,” remembered her...