Digging Deeper Into Transforming Technology Pro Bono

New Resource for Nonprofits Engaging Pro Bono Tech Experts
Jun 11, 2018 11:15 AM ET

Find the new supplement to Transforming Technology pro Bono

SAN FRANCISCO, June 11, 2018  /3BL Media/ -- Pro bono service has the potential to shift technology adoption and implementation in the social sector. The Taproot Foundation, in collaboration with VMware Foundation, released a new supplement to Transforming Technology Pro Bono that will ensure nonprofits can maximize the impact technology pro bono can have on their organizations.

“Technology underscores everything at a nonprofit – from basic operations to innovative services,” says co-author and Taproot consultant Ava Kuhlen. “Successful technology pro bono projects require seeing the nonprofit as the customer. This means investing in discovering what the nonprofit needs and then designing a sustainable solution together that the nonprofit needs, uses and maintains.”

“VMware takes a customer-centric approach to accelerate its customers’ digital journeys,” says Jessamine Chin, VMware Foundation Director. “We see the growing gap in nonprofit digital transformation. To meet this need, our people can contribute their professional talents to co-create innovative solutions with nonprofit staff – driving positive social change.”

According to NTEN’s 10th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investment report, the average technology budget of nonprofits is 5.7% of each organization’s total operating budget. With over 40% of organizations reporting a regular use of paid technology consultants and only 28% often or regularly using technology volunteers, there is an opportunity for pro bono service to help fill the gap.

Transforming Technology Pro Bono was designed to address technology challenges by introducing concepts that break down some of the common barriers to successful technology pro bono projects. This additional supplement focuses on the initial phases of the Solution Development Framework, which is inspired by the Systems Development Life Cycle methodology commonly used in the technology sector to improve the quality of software.

Key highlights include:

  • A deeper dive into the Discover and Design phases of the Solution Development Framework, which are critical, yet commonly skipped, practices.
  • A Discover guide for defining an end state and uncovering organizational challenges and opportunities.
  • A Design guide to analyze and prioritize projects and gather requirements.

By investing in how pro bono volunteers and nonprofit staff can effectively undertake the Discover and Design phases of a technology pro bono project, Taproot and VMware aim to maximize the impact of tech pro bono and develop sustainable solutions to meet the needs of nonprofits around the globe.

Download the new supplement to Transforming Technology Pro Bono.

Transforming Technology Pro Bono is offered as part of Taproot’s initiative to support nonprofits in solving critical social issues by more strategically using technology pro bono. Find out more about Taproot’s initiatives here.

About the Taproot Foundation
Taproot Foundation, a national nonprofit, connects nonprofits and social change organizations with skilled volunteers who provide 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 6,000 social change organizations providing 1.6 million hours of work worth over $180 million in value. Taproot is located in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and is leading a network of global pro bono providers in over 30 countries around the world. www.taprootfoundation.org

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