New Findings: 68% of Nonprofit Professionals Report Not Having Enough Financial Resources to Do the Work They Do

Taproot Foundation Makes the Case for More Pro Bono With the 2017 State of Pro Bono Service Survey Report
Oct 19, 2017 11:45 AM ET

Find the complete State of Pro Bono Service report here

The Taproot Foundation recognizes that most organizations tackling social problems don’t have access to the marketing, design, technology, strategy, or planning resources they need to succeed. Nonprofits are understaffed, under-resourced, and need support.

In the 2017 State of Pro Bono Service Survey, Taproot focused in on the challenges nonprofits experience each day, and in this report, identified how pro bono can be a high-impact resource in overcoming these common barriers.

Challenges identified:

  • 68% of nonprofit professionals report not having enough financial resources to do the work they do.
  • 25% of nonprofit professionals report being responsible for more than one role at their organization.
  • 61% of nonprofit professionals report that their organization does not have a full-time staff member dedicated to HR.

How pro bono can make an impact:

  • Pro bono connects nonprofits with skilled volunteers for projects their organization might struggle to find funding for (or more likely forgo all together).
  • Pro bono builds organizational capacity for projects in areas outside of the nonprofit’s expertise.
  • Pro bono connects nonprofits with industry experts who rate high in professionalism and competence.

Taproot envisions that one day all organizations with promising solutions will be equipped to successfully take on urgent social challenges. We’re making certain this happens by ensuring that pro bono is readily available, effective, trusted, and commonly used as organizations work towards achieving their mission.


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 4,600 social change organizations providing 1.5 million hours of work worth over $160 million in value. Taproot is a national organization with offices in New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Chicago and is leading a network of global pro bono providers in over 30 countries around the world. @taprootfound