Leading the Movement with Pro Bono Week 2013

Leading the Movement with Pro Bono Week 2013

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Friday, October 25, 2013 - 2:45pm

CAMPAIGN: Pro Bono Week


Pro Bono Week 2013 turned out to be a bit of a surprise for everyone at Taproot. Sure, we’re all over it.   It’s who we are, it’s what we live and breathe, highlighting the impact of the work that we do here and inspiring others to follow suit.

But like most organizations that have been leading a movement throughout their existence, we predicted that we’d need to work hard to pull others into this. We assumed we’d have to carefully craft a pitch to our friends and partners about the value-add of their participation. But what we saw has been much different – other organizations not only agreeing to participate, but thanking us for convening this opportunity to highlight what they’re doing. Many have even sought us out and pitched us on the value of their participation.

Before Taproot was launched in 2001, nonprofits didn’t view pro bono work as a reliable way to strengthen their infrastructure. Over and over again, we’d hear the same mantras: “You get what you pay for,” or, my favorite, “the gift that keeps on taking.”

Today, strong and strategic nonprofits are using pro bono to move their missions forward both in the US and abroad.  Today, pro bono intermediary organizations have come together from over 10 different countries to learn from each other and co-design the global pro bono marketplace. And, they’ve raised the bar for the Pro Bono Week campaign. Probonoweek.org, launched by the nonprofit Pro Bono Lab in France and supported by Taproot Foundation and Endeavour Volunteer (Canada), is the first international forum for leaders in the pro bono marketplace.

At Taproot, we’ve owned the pro bono movement for over a decade – and we continue to lead that charge. As we speak, there’s a Pro Bono Week branded VW van cruising Chicago, and across the country we are delivering workshops, labs, and presentations to hundreds of people that will join in and help lay the groundwork for the pro bono marketplace. But it’s not just our movement anymore. The Pro Bono Week campaign was so successful thanks to the tireless work done by our partners across the US. Meanwhile, this week concluded the first ever Kreativmarathon in Munich, while Endeavour Volunteer is launching the first ever Pro Bono Marathon in Canada and our international friends have taken true leadership roles in driving the pro bono ethic globally.

We no longer have to convince the right players that pro bono service is critical to the future of the nonprofit sector. Global leaders across sector lines have embraced pro bono as a means for unprecedented collaboration – and now the movement belongs to them.  


About Taproot

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 nationally by acting locally, 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.

About Pro Bono Service

Pro bono--short for pro bono publico, "for the public good"—refers to professional services delivered without expectation of a fee to organizations serving the social good. It is both a form of support for community organizations as well as an increasingly core part of the ethic of business professionals from design to HR and technology, who believe that high-quality professional services are too important to only be available to those who can afford them.


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