Taproot Foundation Gathers Movers and Shakers of the Pro Bono Movement in New York City for 2019 Global Pro Bono Summit

Taproot Foundation Gathers Movers and Shakers of the Pro Bono Movement in New York City for 2019 Global Pro Bono Summit

Leaders from over 25 countries to meet May 7 - 9

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 2:25pm

NEW YORK, April 9, 2019 /3BL Media/ — Nonprofits and non-governmental organizations around the world are taking on society’s greatest challenges each and every day. But how can these organizations get the support they need to meet the mounting needs in our communities?

The Taproot Foundation, with support from BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and Impact Sponsor BNY Mellon, will gather leaders of the pro bono movement from 25 countries to explore emerging trends at the 7th annual Global Pro Bono Summit, May 7 – 9, in New York City. The 2019 Summit marks the first time since 2014 that the event returns stateside.

“Pro bono service plays a vital and growing role in strengthening the social sector around the world,” says Lindsay Firestone Gruber, Taproot Foundation’s President and CEO. “The Global Pro Bono Summit is a rare opportunity for us to bring together builders and shakers of the movement, progressive voices of social change, and leaders from across sectors to innovate on ways that we can accelerate change by better supporting the needs of organizations serving our communities.”

“The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt co-founded the Global Pro Bono Network and Summit and has been a partner in this work from the beginning,” says Markus Hipp, board member of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. “We believe that pro bono is a powerful instrument for responsible leadership to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.”

 “BNY Mellon is proud to support the pro bono movement through its role as Impact Sponsor of the Global Pro Bono Summit,” said Daisey Holmes, Global Head of Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility at BNY Mellon. “We have experienced first-hand the profound dual impact of pro bono, both to empower our nonprofit partners and to engage our employees in meaningful, purpose-driven work with the community.”

Attendance at the Global Pro Bono Summit is by invitation only, but a few select spots remain available. If interested in attending, contact Vanessa Waserman, Director of Corporate Relations, at Taproot Foundation.

About the Global Pro Bono Summit
Since 2013, the Global Pro Bono Network, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, and Taproot Foundation have hosted the Global Pro Bono Summit. This exclusive gathering brings together leaders and practitioners of pro bono who share the vision of tackling global challenges by connecting the skills and talents of the business community with non-governmental organizations worldwide. This year’s lineup features two full days of immersive and innovative programming.

Tuesday, May 7
Impact Sponsor BNY Mellon will host a welcome reception at God’s Love We Deliver.

Wednesday, May 8
The Summit kicks off with a keynote from Myung Lee, Executive Director of Cities of Service, speaking on civic engagement in today’s environment. Panelists and presenters from Johnson & Johnson, Vital Voices, VMware, Jobs for the Future, Global Giving, Deloitte, Impact 2030 and more, will explore such topics as a building the pro bono movement, accelerating multi-sector progress around the globe, and pro bono as lever in disaster response, among others.

Thursday, May 9
Pro bono is a crucial piece of any company’s philanthropic strategy. Social responsibility and HR leaders from over 55 leading corporations will come together with panelists from PwC, Barclays, and Tata Consultancy Services, and more to dig into topics ranging from designing and delivering transformative pro bono to creating systemic change within a community and issue area.

Global and U.S. intermediaries will gather to uncover emerging regional trends and challenges in pro bono and identify together a path forward to ensuring quality pro bono is accessible around the world. Following a morning of sessions, attendees will visit one of three progressive NYC nonprofits tapping into the power of pro bono.

Participating regions/countries: Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and more

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Follow along on Twitter:  #GPBS2019

Website: https://globalprobono.org/events/summit/

2019 Global Pro Bono Summit Sponsors
Global Pro Bono Network and Global Pro Bono Summit Supporter: BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt

Impact Sponsor: BNY Mellon

Leadership Sponsors: Deloitte, Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Prudential Financial

Pro Bono Practitioners Lead Sponsor: MetLife Foundation

Supporters: Dell, VMware Foundation

About the Taproot Foundation
Taproot Foundation, a U.S. based nonprofit, connects nonprofits and social change organizations with passionate, skilled volunteers who share their expertise pro bono. Taproot is creating a world where organizations dedicated to social change have full access—through pro bono service—to the marketing, strategy, HR, and IT resources they need to be most effective. Since 2001, Taproot’s skilled volunteers have served 6,500 social change organizations providing 1.6 million hours of work worth over $190 million in value. Taproot is a national organization with offices in New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Chicago and partnered to found network of global pro bono providers in over 30 countries around the world.
www.taprootfoundation.org @taprootfound

About the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt promotes responsible leadership and inspires leaders worldwide to work towards a peaceful, just and sustainable future. Through our activities, we aim to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. We inspire leaders, through our leadership programs and encounters, to take their social and political commitment to the next level – across communities, cultures and countries. We connect leaders through our global BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network, a diverse, collaborative and joyful community that drives positive change through collaborative action. We invest in impactful organizations while encouraging leaders to embrace venture philanthropy and impact investing as effective tools for social change.


Crystal Hendricks-Kretzer
Taproot Foundation