Taproot Foundation, a national nonprofit that connects organizations with volunteers sharing their professional expertise pro bono, will host a week of virtual events in late October celebrating Pro Bono Week 2020 in partnership with sponsor American Express.
An annual global campaign, Pro Bono Week recognizes pro bono service across all professions that use their talents to make a difference and activates social change organizations to harness that talent to move their missions forward. Inspired by the American Bar Association’s National Celebration of Pro Bono, Taproot Foundation works with partners around the globe to focus attention on the pro bono movement each year in October. Since its founding in 2001, Taproot has worked to inspire pro bono service in professions beyond law. Its cohort of skilled volunteers have served over 7,500 social change organizations providing more than 1.7 million hours of work worth over $204 million in value.
From October 25 through October 31, Taproot will connect volunteers and nonprofits, spotlight stories of impact, and host webinars that carve a new path forward for communities rebuilding from the ongoing pandemic. Rebuilding Communities Together will explore the role of pro bono service in recovery during a global economic crisis. During Pro Bono Week 2020 (#PBW20), Taproot Foundation, along with leaders around the world, will shine a light on the vital role that pro bono service can play during this critical time.
"The communities where we live and work are hurting,” said Lindsay Firestone Gruber, Taproot Foundation’s President and CEO. “And we know that in order for our communities to remain strong in times of crises, our nonprofit and small business sectors must be resilient. Now is the time for us to come together, bring our collective strengths across sectors to the table, and be the fuel that helps drive recovery."
Taproot Foundation’s virtual Pro Bono Week 2020 events include:
Inequities in the Funding Gap, a webinar exploring how pro bono service can be used to help counterbalance the systemic inequities of traditional grantmaking, with guest panelists from American Express and Greater Washington Community Foundation.
Tuesday, October 27, 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT / 12 p.m. PT
Webinars for volunteers and nonprofits looking to give and receive pro bono support through Taproot Plus, Taproot’s online pro bono matchmaking platform.
A Nonprofit’s Guide to Great Virtual Pro Bono
Tuesday, October 27, 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Use Your Professional Experience to Make a Difference… Virtually!
Wednesday, October 28, 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Building Resiliency through Pro Bono, a webinar for nonprofit professionals on how pro bono support can be a tool for building more resilient and sustainable organizations—both in times of crises and in recovery. Sponsored by American Express.
Thursday, October 29, 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT / 12 p.m. PT
Taproot’s celebration of Pro Bono Week 2020 is sponsored by American Express.