Robert Berger, a strategic planning consultant, is not only a history buff, a semi-serious hiker and an amateur vegetable gardener, he is also a dedicated pro bono consultant with over 800 hours in pro bono service.
Helping nonprofits achieve their mission
My favorite part of doing pro bono is getting a first-hand look at the good work nonprofits do in their communities. I make it a practice, when possible, to attend events and observe the actual work of the agency. I have been to classrooms, schoolyard gardens, senior centers, conferences, and plays. And sometimes, I just walk the halls!
I got into pro bono because I wanted to use my professional skills to help nonprofit organizations achieve their mission. It is extremely rewarding to leverage the skills you’ve built over a lifetime, as an alternative way to donate to causes you support.
When I do pro bono, I bring with me 30+ years of running business teams and supporting experience in strategic planning, marketing, and market research. I also have a long-term interest in public policy, particularly around issues associated with creating opportunities for all Americans to improve their standard of living. Many of the organizations I’ve worked with are involved in creating opportunities and providing services to underserved communities.
Two of the most impactful Taproot projects were program measurement engagements. In those two cases, the nonprofits were struggling with their existing systems and the Taproot Team provided them tools to improve their program measurement activities. One of the benefits of their enhanced program measurement systems was the ability to better position themselves as strong candidates for additional foundation funding.
Pro bono is a big commitment and not to be taken lightly. But, it’s a great opportunity to learn, participate, and provide value, so definitely go for it!