Do you ever feel overwhelmed at your nonprofit with the amount of work to be done and the limited financial resources and manpower you have to make it happen? You’re not alone – as a whole, nonprofits are understaffed, under-resourced, and need support.
As a nonprofit ourselves, Taproot gets it – and we think that we have the solution. Pro bono.
In this year’s State of Pro Bono Service Survey report, we focused on the challenges nonprofits experience each day and identified some of the barriers to getting the support they need. In our new blog series, we’ll present solutions to those challenges and give you a few ideas of how you can boost your organization’s effectiveness with pro bono support.
Have you ever thought: “I don’t have enough financial resources to solve my organization’s challenges.”
68% of nonprofit professionals shared that they don’t have enough financial resources to do the work they do. This crunch was felt across all nonprofits, regardless of budget or staff size. So how can your organization build out key infrastructure on a shoestring budget? With pro bono.
75% of nonprofit professionals responded that the work they’ve accomplished through pro bono met or exceeded their goals for the project, and in 2016’s report 95% said that pro bono service improved their organization’s effectiveness.
Wondering where to leverage pro bono support at your organization to bridge those budget shortfalls? Here are some ideas:
- Think about those projects you might hire a contractor for, like graphic or website design. Take Coins for Change for example;
“We are a small foundation and completely consist of volunteer staff. Most of us were born in the days before Google. We required major assistance in updating our website and updating our social media presence. Through Taproot Plus we found a talented volunteer that was able to develop a professional website for us.”
- Are you currently delivering on grants but finding additional support activities or projects to be outside the scope of your budget? Follow Child Steps International’s lead, and use skilled volunteers for projects that help you accomplish your grant’s goal.
- Find even more inspiration by exploring the types of projects that are made possible through skilled volunteers in our Common Projects Catalog.