Build your capacity with pro bono services

Pro bono--short for pro bono publico, "for the public good"--means professional services donated at low or no cost to social change organizations.

Each year, professionals donate over $15 billion in pro bono services, from marketing and legal help to strategic planning support. That's four times the amount donated by corporate foundations every year. It's a resource that every nonprofit needs to tap if it wants to realize its full potential.  

GET PRO BONO FROM TAPROOT

Taproot offers a spectrum of programming through which nonprofit organizations can access high quality pro bono services that meet their unique needs. Leveraging our 14 years of pro bono management experience, Taproot helps these organizations achieve extraordinary results because they have the infrastructure they need to succeed. Pro bono makes it possible for every nonprofit to access the talent they need to build and sustain these capabilities. 

TAPROOT+

Taproot+ is our new marketplace for short-term, high-impact pro bono consulting projects. To browse existing projects and create your own, please visit taprootplus.org.

Taproot+ is a great resource for us to supplement our back
office needs, allowing us to quickly build capacity with committed volunteers.

-- Carolyn Nopar, Director of Development
Family Focus, Chicago, IL

Key Benefits:

  • Direct matching to professional consultants
  • Taproot support in scoping and staffing projects
  • No geographic limitations

Time Required: 4-6 weeks

ONLINE COACHING

Taproot offers online coaching through Helpouts by Google, where nonprofits can connect with an expert over live video at no cost. Our current online coaching offerings include copyediting, web analytics, and brand strategy support.

This session was incredibly helpful for our organization.
I would highly recommend this Helpout to any nonprofit looking
to get a sense of the pro bono landscape. 

--Johanna Peet, Program Director
The Bootstrap Project, NYC

Key Benefits

  • On-demand coaching over live video
  • Connect with an expert in the field
  • No geographic limitations

Time Required: 1 hour

SERVICE GRANT PROGRAM

Taproot's flagship Service Grant Program makes grants of professional consulting services, called Service Grants, delivered pro bono by a team of business professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help nonprofits in the Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC metro areas.

The Taproot team saved HMI TWO YEARS of data analysis!

--Thomas Krever, CEO
Hetrick Martin Institute, New York

Key Benefits:

  • Deep-dive approach to tackle your most complex problems
  • Team model allows for full discovery process to ensure highest quality deliverable
  • Taproot's longest-running program and tried & true service model

Time Required: 6-9 months

WEB TOOLS FOR DIY PRO BONO

Taproot's Powered by Pro Bono guidebook brings the best practices of 10 years and over 1,500 pro bono projects to any nonprofit. And the interactive web tools accompanying it bring this content to life. The online project finder tool helps organizations diagnose problems and understand potential pro bono solutions, and our provider finder offers an encyclopedia of potential pro bono providers. And our Pro Bono and Boards hub helps you explore ways to activate your board for pro bono. It's a great way to build engagement generally, and to open up channels for more, varied resources.

Powered by Pro Bono is a critical resource for any
nonprofit board serious about resource generation.

--Linda Crompton, CEO
BoardSource 

Key Benefits:

  • Learn about DIY pro bono from the experts
  • Online interactive tools help you get started in scoping projects and securing talent
  • World's most extensive library of knowledge on managing projects and scaling your pro bono strategy

Time Required: 15 minutes+

OTHER RESOURCES FOR PRO BONO

Taproot partners with other corporate and nonprofit pro bono providers to identify the highest quality pro bono available. Here are a few examples:

A Billion + ChangeDatakind
Catchafirecommon impact
american express serve2gether consultingvolunteermatch pro bono weeknpower