Taproot Foundation celebrated our 2021 U.S. Pro Bono Summit Virtual Series exploring how to bring the ecosystem of pro bono together in support of social good organizations and small businesses.
Transforming Impact Through Meaningful Capacity Building
Thursday, September 30, 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 11 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. PT
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All too often, “capacity building” is used as an umbrella term referring to generic support to enable organizational effectiveness and sustainability, leading to confusion over what high-quality capacity building entails. However, when done with intention and thoughtful design, practitioners and funders are providing capacity-building opportunities that reflect their grantees’ organizational challenges and meaningfully support the advancement of their work and the communities in which they operate. In this session, participants will hear from Nonprofit Finance Fund, Prudential Foundation, and Taproot Foundation on the key considerations and insights connected to meaningful capacity building.
Pro Bono + Nonprofit Boards
Wednesday, October 13, 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 11 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. PT
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It’s hard to overstate just how important a strong board of directors is for the long-term success of a nonprofit. In addition to guiding the organization through change and building strong systems to withstand future challenges, if your board of directors is representative of the community that you’re serving, it can also act as a vital sounding board when making programmatic or leadership changes. Despite this, board recruitment and development is one of the most under-utilized areas of business pro bono support. We’re out to change that in this Summit session digging into the how a fully functioning, resource-raising nonprofit board operates and best practices for using pro bono to build and develop your board.
2021 U.S. Pro Bono Summit Corporate Series
The Who’s Who of Pro Bono: Networking
Tuesday, October 19: 1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 10am PT
This session gives you the opportunity to meet your fellow practitioners to get to know each other, talk shop, and identify shared challenges and opportunities. This interactive session will build community and facilitate authentic connections.
Design by Intention: Company Showcase
Wednesday, October 27: 1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 10am PT
Hear from a select group of practitioners who have built pro bono programs that are designed intentionally to meet their company’s strategic business and social impact goals. Then engage in a discussion about building pro bono programs that take into account focus areas such as scaling, reaching new communities, integrating DEI objectives, and more. You’ll leave this session with new ideas and actionable steps to increase impact within your new or existing pro bono programming.
Keeping DEI Front and Center in Your Pro Bono Programming
Thursday, October 21: 2pm ET/ 1pm CT/ 11am PT
As part of Taproot’s continued investment in DEI, this session will explore how corporate institutions can use the principles of “transformational capacity building” to combat the varied and nuanced ways in which corporate practices and culture may hinder or undermine pro bono efforts with nonprofits serving and/or led by those who hold marginalized and minoritized identities. Led by Kevin Nigarura, a DEI Strategist at Justice Informed, this workshop will allow participants to locate their efforts within these dynamics and identify key opportunities to combat or challenge these damaging approaches and cultural norms.
Interested in next year’s summit or our corporate services? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.