DC Innovators Host Inaugural MLK Pro Bono Dream Lab

Jan 20, 2014 9:00 AM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C., Janaury 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ – On January 20, 2014, during the annual MLK Day of Service, the MLK Pro Bono Dream Lab will convene nonprofit organizations and community members in Washington, DC to continue advancing Dr. King's dream.  Organized by DC Social Innovation Project, IMPACT, and Taproot Foundation DC, the MLK Pro Bono Dream Lab will bring together skilled volunteers, community members, and local organizations for a day of impact through pro bono service.

After collaborating to present Pro Bono Week 2013, which generated over $100,000 in Pro Bono consulting for D.C. area non-profits, Taproot Foundation and IMPACT are collaborating with DC Social Innovation Project to empower the positive dreams of individuals and organizations in the D.C. area.

The MLK Pro Bono Dream lab draws inspiration from the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 meeting in which he encouraged the private legal community to assist with the work of Dr. King and others on a pro bono basis.

Skilled volunteers matched with selected organizations to assist with a pre-defined pro bono project in the areas of design and marketing, human resources, IT, and strategy. Community members interested in launching or growing a community program will meet experts in the non-profit sector, who will provide advice and guidance. Organizations signed up for a specific need will work with a skilled volunteer during the event and during the days following the event.

Date:    January 20, 2013
Venue: Meridian House - 1630 Crescent Place, N.W., Washington, DC
Time:   10:00AM – 3:00PM

Individuals and organizations may sign-up here:  http://tinyurl.com/DreamLabReg

For more information, visit:  http://taprootdc.tumblr.com/post/71368486001/mlk-pro-bono-dream-lab

2013 MLK Pro Bono Dream Lab partners:
IMPACT (@teamIMPACT) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage and build a network of young professionals of color to foster civic engagement, increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes, and enhance economic empowerment opportunities. For additional information about IMPACT, visit www.IMPACT-dc.com.   

DC Social Innovation Project (@DCSocialInnov) DC Social Innovation Project identifies and invests in creative, new ideas that tackle pressing social issues in Washington, DC. Each year, DCSIP supports the launch and development of four new promising programs. DCSIP supports creative and innovative new programs from small or early-stage non-profits; these may be programs in the idea, pilot or expansion phase.

Taproot Foundation (@taprootfound) Since 2001, Taproot Foundation has proven that pro bono service is a viable and reliable tool for strengthening nonprofit organizations. Today, Taproot continues to lead the global movement and seeks to build a pro bono marketplace that, like philanthropy, is large, accessible, professional and transparent. By taking lessons learned from our award-winning Service Grant Program and applying them to our innovative new program areas, we work to stimulate the supply of pro bono resources through our corporate Advisory Services practice, as well as demand for these services by giving nonprofits the tools and training that sets them up for successful pro bono engagements. Our work has evolved to include thought leadership and international field-building, convening global leaders in the social sector to guide the design and direction of the pro bono movement while focusing on infusing a pro bono ethic into business professions, professional schools, companies and nonprofits in communities across the country and around the world. Visit www.taprootfoundation.org to learn more.