Taproot Foundation celebrated its annual U.S. Pro Bono Summit, exploring how the power of pro bono service can transform nonprofits and social change organizations.
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Taproot’s 2021 Pro Bono Summit provided innovative tips and facilitated open discussions between corporate pro bono practitioners to share best practices and challenges in developing skills-based volunteering opportunities.
Key takeaways from the five webinars touched on critical aspects of capacity-building, board development, DEI in pro bono support, and more.
Building trust while building capacity
In the first session, “Transforming Impact Through Meaningful Capacity Building,” panelists from Taproot Foundation, The Prudential Foundation, Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPPCD) shared their experiences designing an innovative program called The Newark Nonprofit Capacity Accelerator.
They worked together to confront challenges that can undermine the potential of capacity-building programs. One technique on counter-balancing power dynamics: encourage the nonprofit to invest how they see fit, not restricting funds based on a grantmaker’s assumptions.
How to create a strong nonprofit board
The “Pro Bono + Nonprofit Boards” webinar examined the elements of a strong nonprofit board of directors. Tips included:
Diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in pro bono programming
In “Keeping DEI Front and Center in Your Pro Bono Programming,” Kevin Nigarura, DEI Strategist from Justice Informed, spoke on why corporate programming should be linked with DEI principles and how to strengthen accessibility and inclusivity.
He reinforced that pro bono, like all capacity building, can either perpetuate or combat systemic inequities, but acknowledging these inequities is the first step to increase inclusivity.
The 2021 U.S. Pro Bono Summit session was presented free of cost thanks to our Leadership Sponsors, PwC and RBC, and our Series Sponsors, Johnson & Johnson, 3M, and MetLife.
The Taproot Foundation is the provider of pro bono services to the nonprofit sector. It works to engage the country's millions of business professionals in pro bono service, building the infrastructure of organizations we rely on to strengthen and support our communities. Their pro bono model leverages the best practices of leading professional services companies to deliver reliable and quality marketing, human resources and technology services using corporate employees. Since 2002, the Taproot Foundation has recruited over 3,500 business professionals to awarded over $12 million in pro bono services to nonprofits in New York, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area.
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