Taproot and Quarterback Announce new Collaboration

Taproot and Quarterback Announce new Collaboration

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Monday, October 28, 2013 - 12:30pm

CAMPAIGN: Pro Bono Week

CONTENT: Press Release

CHICAGO, IL - Quarterback announces a new collaboration with Taproot Foundation that will empower the future leaders of the global economy to provide pro bono support to leading nonprofits across the country.

In celebration with global Pro Bono Week 2013, the two organizations have formalized a partnership that creates a pathway for the alumni of Quarterback’s innovative MBA-focused social impact program to pursue pro bono service through Taproot Foundation’s national network of over 10,000 pro bono consultants.

“Taproot Foundation is pleased to champion Quaterback’s pro bono efforts as we recognize that these types of partnerships are vital to the development of the pro bono ethic across all professions.“ said Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald, Executive Director, Taproot Foundation, Chicago. “Quarterback’s vision to tackle good via the future business leaders currently pursuing their MBA’s is aligned with our vision to do, enable and inspire within the pro bono movement. “   

By providing educational opportunities for Quarterback alumni utilizing Taproot’s pro bono best practices, together we can empower in-transition professionals to become pro bono advocates with their future employers.  In addition, alumni of Quarterback’s programs will be encouraged to apply to Taproot’s national network of pro bono consultants.

“We’re honored to work with the pioneer of the pro bono movement,” said Brian Gloede, Quarterback’s Founder and CEO, referencing Taproot’s 10-year history of expanding the pro bono movement beyond the legal sector. “Quarterback is excited to strengthen and fuel the movement with its prestigious alumni, each of which have first-hand experience driving sustainable change in the impact sector.”

The partnership will launch  with pro bono educational sessions for the the initial seven alumni of Quarterback’s summer 2013 pilot program and will grow alongside Quaterback  as it works to build the leadership of the impact economy by making pro bono a personal priority and a professional imperative.

About Quarterback

Quarterback is a social enterprise startup building the leadership of the impact economy.  The organization empowers MBAs and nonprofit organizations to work together and tackle good. Designed to fit into pre-, mid-, and post-MBA summers, the Quarterback program is a career-friendly, cohort-based experience focused on building professional capabilities through the completion of social impact projects for the benefit of innovative nonprofit organizations. For more information on Quarterback, visit: http://www.qtrback.org.

About the Taproot Foundation

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 their award-winning Service Grant Program and applying them to their innovative new program areas, Taproot works to stimulate the supply of pro bono resources through their 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. Their 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. For more information, visit: www.taprootfoundation.org.

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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