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...

6 Million Business Professionals Offer Their Skills Pro Bono, but Where's the Line of Nonprofit Executives Signing Up?

By Suzanne Craig | Comments (0)

LinkedIn reports that there are 6 million professionals who say they want to use their business skills for social good, but only 50,000 pro bono opportunities have been posted by social change...

Taproot Foundation Convenes Corporate Social Responsibility Leaders and Pro Bono Providers from Across the Nation for 3rd Annual U.S. Pro Bono Summit in Chicago

By Suzanne Craig | Comments (0)

June 2-4: Leaders in the pro bono movement from the private and nonprofit sectors convene to share innovations, best practices, and challenges in delivering high-quality pro bono and skills-based service to thousands of nonprofit organizations nationwide.

The Taproot Foundation brings together over 70 leaders of the pro bono movement this week in Chicago for the 3rd annual U.S. Pro...

Taproot’s Morning at the White House | A Celebration dedicated to Pro Bono Service

By Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald | Comments (0)

Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald, VP External Affairs, Taproot. Photo credit: JPG PhotographyWalking into the White House is momentous, no matter the reason. But this was not a tour, or a class trip with my daughter or something I finagled. I was invited to speak at the White House to celebrate something I’ve been working towards for the past 6+ years. I knew this was a...

The Pledge 1% Movement: Inspiring Early-Stage Corporate Philanthropy and Service

By Dipti Pratt - Director of Pledge 1% | Comments (0)

This guest blog was written by Dipti Pratt, Director of Pledge 1%

Pledge 1% is excited to announce that the Taproot Foundation has joined our movement in acknowledgement of the critical need for time and talent – in addition to dollars – as resources in building the nonprofit sector.

Pledge 1% is a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business....


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