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Taproot Foundation

A Pro Bono Week Reaffirmation

Max Skolnik | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Max Skolnik

A few years ago, I observed my first ScopeAthon event. On a dreary fall day, in a cramped room deep within the headquarters of a Fortune 500 company, I sat down with dozens of overwhelmed nonprofits and eager corporate employees.

Celebrating an Important Wedding Anniversary

Liz Hamburg | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Liz Hamburg

We give our "Roots" as our employees are called, the day off to celebrate and more importantly, to remember and acknowledge a major milestone in the civil rights movement in this country -- the legalization of gay marriage in the largest state in the land.

The Power of Pro Bono

Max Skolnik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Max Skolnik

As we approach Pro Bono Week, it is critical that we address the big social sector questions. How do we build capacity? How do we ensure quality and impact? How do we become sustainable?

A Reason for Optimism in D.C.

Aaron Hurst | Posted 06.18.2013 | Business
Aaron Hurst

We hope that our nation's capital sees this success as an inspiration for what is possible in helping people in the region but also see it as a model for better collaboration and partnership in addressing our national priorities.

The Business Case for Pro Bono: Psychoanalyzing Capital One's Core Engagement Strategy

Aaron Hurst | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Would-be psychotherapist Carolyn Berkowitz helps drive the CSR field from the helm of Capital One Foundation. I met with her recently and had the chance to discuss her own career path and how the business value of pro bono service has made it a core strategy.

Upwardly Global Is Powered by Pro Bono

Aaron Hurst | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Expanding capacity through donated professional services not only helps organizations thrive, but strengthens partnership with the private sector, translating into long-term relationships and even greater incentive for financial investment in the future.

Juma Ventures Is Powered by Pro Bono

Aaron Hurst | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Juma Ventures is an innovative youth development program that helps under-resourced youth achieve their dreams of a college education through a mixture of youth employment, financial asset building, and educational support services.

Benevolent Is Powered by Pro Bono

Aaron Hurst | Posted 01.28.2013 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Benevolent, a Chicago-based nonprofit, works to meet community needs by creating a platform for individuals to give directly to other individuals. Individuals are able to donate directly to other individuals in need, and track progress toward meeting those needs.

The Great Tech Hope

Aaron Hurst | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

It is important to understand the current state of technology in the sector and where investments should be directed in order to yield the greatest social impact.

MLT Is Powered by Pro Bono

Aaron Hurst | Posted 01.06.2013 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is the number one source of minority students at the top ten U.S. business schools. Founded and led by John R...

Year Up is Powered by Pro Bono

Aaron Hurst | Posted 12.17.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Inspired by his experience as a Big Brother in New York City, Gerald Chertavian founded Year Up in 2000. Today, Year Up is one of the most successful nonprofits in the U.S.

New York State Takes Pro Bono to the Next Level

Aaron Hurst | Posted 11.26.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

By starting their careers doing public service, new lawyers will begin their journey with a humble reminder that while they may be paid by an employer, they have a greater responsibility to the community.

Citi Pioneers the Skills Marathon

Aaron Hurst | Posted 09.29.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Too short to be a stewardess, Pam Flaherty has become a giant in corporate philanthropy at Citi, where she has spent most of her career.

The Changing Landscape of Philanthropy: Skills-Based Volunteering

Women & Co | Posted 08.12.2012 | Impact
Women & Co

By Lauren Coulston, Integration Manager, Women & Co. In today's economic climate, corporations are leveraging limited resources while nonprofits are...

Painting Community Center Leaves Brewer Dissatisfied

Aaron Hurst | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business
Aaron Hurst

Jim Koch, brewer and founder of Samuel Adams at the Boston Beer Company, found himself painting a community center in South Boston in 2007 and vowed to find a smarter way to add value.

Hope Is Universal: A Conversation With Chevron's Head of Social Investment

Aaron Hurst | Posted 07.25.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Matt Lonner took his first job in high school selling shoes to business men in the financial district. Today he oversees the global philanthropy program of the third largest company in America and works to impact the lives of people around the world.

Going Face-to-Face With Day Laborers

Aaron Hurst | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Pablo Alvarado came to the United States from El Salvador in the 1990s and worked for five years as an undocumented laborer. Today he works for the National Day Laborer Organization Network (NDLON) and helps to fight for the rights and dignity of day laborers.

Recycling Employee Skills

Aaron Hurst | Posted 06.23.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Like me, Paula Davis didn't last long in her first job out of college. But, she ended up working at some of the leading brands in the world -- even for Michael Jordan at one point.

Working for a Good Company vs. Doing Good Work

Aaron Hurst | Posted 06.03.2012 | Business
Aaron Hurst

Based in London, Jenny Davis-Peccoud serves as the global leader of Bain & Company's Social Impact Practice. Having spent most of her career at Bain, Jenny has been able to watch the evolution of the firm's investment in social impact.

5 Tips For Young Professionals Who Want To Make A Difference

Monisha Kapila | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Monisha Kapila

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges facing children and families in our communities and worldwide. In the U.S. alone, more than 15 percent...

IBM: Tapping Top Talent, For Good

Aaron Hurst | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business
Aaron Hurst

Stanley Litow serves as IBM's Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM's Foundation, with a career spanning th...

Share Your User Manual

Aaron Hurst | Posted 03.05.2012 | Business
Aaron Hurst

As we kick off the New Year, sharing your user manual is a great way to both self-reflect and create a valuable tool to help you and your team start out on the right foot.

Why It's Harder To Run A Nonprofit Than A Big Company

Aaron Hurst | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Prior to starting the Taproot Foundation, I worked in two technology start ups in the Bay Area. As anyone who has worked at a start up knows, it's a ...

'Pro Bono In A Box' Program Helps Nonprofits Find Needed Resources

Aaron Hurst | Posted 05.10.2011 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

The "train-the-trainer" approach is an increasingly common part of social entrepreneurial strategy. It is perhaps the fastest and most cost effective way to scale impact.