Taproot Foundation to Host Inaugural Pro Bono Awards Gala during Pro Bono Week 2013

Taproot Foundation to Host Inaugural Pro Bono Awards Gala during Pro Bono Week 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 9:15am

CAMPAIGN: Pro Bono Week

CONTENT: Press Release

October 16, 2013 /3BL Media/ - On Thursday, October 24, 2013, Taproot Foundation will host its inaugural Pro Bono Awards Gala at the Mars Gallery (1139 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL). This event will bring together leaders, advocates and practitioners in Chicago’s pro bono arena and will celebrate the accomplishments of two pro bono heroes: local nonprofit The Cara Program and Taproot pro bono consultant Anna Miller.

Aimed at celebrating innovative approaches in securing and providing pro bono support, the event will host guests that represent corporate, nonprofit and philanthropic institutions in Chicago and will provide an opportunity for various stakeholders in volunteerism and pro bono service to acknowledge its impact. The event will be held during Pro Bono Week, a global platform that celebrates and activates pro bono service by highlighting nonprofits and individuals like The Cara Program and Anna Miller.

Focused on education and workforce development, The Cara Program helps motivate impoverished individuals in transforming their lives and achieve real, lasting success. The Cara Program has sourced loaned executives from Fortune 500 companies, worked with project-based consultants to explore technology solutions and even secured HR support for coaching for their staff -- all with no financial cost.

Anna Miller, who has been a Taproot pro bono consultant since 2006, has donated more than 700 hours in pro bono consulting to Chicago-based nonprofits. She works as a Senior Manager for the Global Demand Center at Motorola Solutions.

The event is sponsored with a beverage donation by Revolution Brewing. Buy your tickets for the Pro Bono Awards Gala here: probonoawardsgala.eventbrite.com. Taproot’s national Pro Bono Week efforts are generously supported by Deloitte and Capital One.



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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.



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.