It’s here. After nearly a year in development, the BUILD: Blueprint for Pro Bono Program Development has arrived.
BUILD is an easy-to-understand overview of the key steps you need to take to launch a new pro bono program or refine an existing one, including quick start tips and best practices from Taproot’s Advisory Services team.
We think this will be an incredibly valuable resource for a few reasons, which I’m going to share momentarily. But first, I want to say thank you to the team of people behind the BUILD Blueprint. Tom Scott, of Tom Scott Design, provided his stellar graphic design expertise to us (pro bono, of course!) and brought this tool to life, visually speaking. Jon Mires, our tireless web developer, and the whole Taproot External Affairs team deserve a hearty round of applause. Finally, a special thanks to Abby Frost of Gap Inc. and Matthew Hines of Capital One. They generously donated their time as peer advisors and truly helped shape BUILD into what you see today.
Here’s why BUILD is exciting for us and why you should be excited, too.
BUILD is designed to answer five key questions we know you get hung up on when thinking about how to design and launch a new pro bono program. It offers action-oriented tips and tricks to help you solve the things we know can seem impossible – understanding your employee skill sets, determining specific needs of your nonprofits, and how to roll out a group of pilot projects, to name a few. BUILD is a walking tour of the key steps that go into building a pro bono program and incorporates many of the other tools and resources that Taproot has developed in the past. We’ve linked them directly to the step of program development where the tool will be most relevant. The BUILD Blueprint content lives as a series of pages on our website – which means no long whitepaper to read through! (There’s also a downloadable PDF in case you want to take BUILD to-go). We hope that BUILD helps you take the first steps down the path of pro bono program development. We will be posting blogs related to the BUILD content throughout the coming months, so be sure to stay tuned for additional insights from Taproot’s Advisory Services practice.