I’ve never worked with a nonprofit before. Is that okay?
Yes! As long as you have the right professional expertise for the specific project at hand, you don’t need to have prior experience working for a nonprofit. In fact, you are not alone – many of our pro bono consultants haven’t worked outside the corporate sector.
What types of opportunities are the best fit for me?
Taproot provides various opportunities for you to get involved. Find our programs here.
Taproot Plus: Work virtually or in person with a nonprofit on projects or provide quick consultations through sessions.
Workshops and Events: Team up with a group of consultants in person to help a nonprofit address a challenge.
How do I volunteer with Taproot?
Create an account on Taproot Plus (as easy as signing in with your LinkedIn account!), tell us about the fields and skills in which you have at least 3 – 5 years of professional experience, then start browsing for in-person and virtual opportunities. Once you find a project, session, or event that sparks your interest, simply apply to volunteer.
How do I know what opportunities are open to me?
Sign up for an account on Taproot Plus and login to see which projects, consultation sessions, or in-person workshops and events are available to you.
When can I work on a Taproot project?
You can volunteer for projects or consultation sessions as early as tomorrow by registering on Taproot Plus. And we hold workshops and events throughout the year in cities across the country. Find available projects and opportunities on Taproot Plus to see how you can get involved today.
I don’t live in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, or the San Francisco Bay Area. Can I still volunteer with Taproot?
Of course! Sign up for an account on Taproot Plus to volunteer virtually for projects or consultation sessions.
Can I use a Taproot Foundation project to build new skills?
While learning is part of every process, the goal of Taproot’s programs is to provide the highest quality support for nonprofits. Volunteers are expected to have at least 3 – 5 years of professional experience in a given area and should volunteer for opportunities that align with their expertise.
Why volunteer with Taproot Foundation?
Taproot has been leading the pro bono movement for more than 20 years. Our model has proven successful in engaging thousands of business professionals every year and supporting more than 8,000 nonprofits since 2001.
Where does Taproot Foundation get its funding?
We are a 501(c)3 organization with two key funding streams: grants from private and corporate foundations and revenue from consulting projects with companies and other organizations that want to learn about, support, or do pro bono service. Some companies and foundations sponsor pro bono services for their existing grantees. Other funders provide general operating support. We are also supported by associations, individuals, and our own volunteers.
Can I select the nonprofit I want to work with?
Absolutely! You can apply directly to projects and consultation sessions for nonprofits that align with your area of interest. A broad range of nonprofits attend our workshops and events, so while we do our best to appropriately match volunteers to nonprofits, we generally hope you’re open to working with new and varied organizations depending on attendance.
Will I be reimbursed for my travel or parking expense to attend in-person meetings? Is my volunteer time tax deductible?
Taproot cannot reimburse you for gas mileage, parking, or other related travel expenses for trainings and meetings. In certain cases, however, you may be able to deduct some of your out-of-pocket expenses related to your work with the Taproot Foundation. See IRS Publication 526 on Charitable Contributions for details. Please note that the tax code is complex and constantly changing, so you should always check with the IRS or an accountant to ensure you are taking the correct deductions. For example, the mileage rate for volunteer expenses is lower than the mileage rate for a Schedule C expense deduction.
Do people ever stay on to work with a nonprofit after a project is complete?
Yes! Many volunteers build such a strong connection with their nonprofit client that they continue working with them well beyond the completion of the project. We’ve also seen volunteers join their nonprofit client’s board of directors, staff, or longer-term volunteer teams.
Can I use the completed project in my professional portfolio?
Definitely! Many marketing and design volunteers include completed projects in their creative portfolio. We also encourage you to submit your finished projects for design awards. Other skilled volunteers also find that pro bono project descriptions help round out their resumes. Please be aware that ALL work executed on the project for the nonprofit client belongs to the client and that the client is not required to recognize the photographer, designer, etc. in the final product.
I’m already in Taproot’s network, but I haven’t volunteered in a while. What can I do to be active again?
Activate your profile on Taproot Plus using your existing credentials, and update your skills, your LinkedIn profile, and your portfolio sites.
I lost my sign-in information. What do I do?
Are there full-time employment opportunities with Taproot Foundation?
Taproot Foundation is often looking for talented individuals to join our team of dedicated employees. Check out our current openings.
What are the benefits of sharing my skills pro bono?
When business professionals like you volunteer expertise to nonprofits, you are not only helping them accomplish a specific project, you are helping build their capacity to do good. Pro bono is a great way to flex your skills in new and exciting ways, learn from nonprofits about important issues affecting our communities, and even develop lasting friendships.
How can I get my friends and colleagues involved in pro bono?
When it comes to volunteering your professional skills in support of nonprofits – the more the merrier! Reach out to us for information and resources on becoming an ambassador for pro bono service.
Can I list my experience as a Taproot skilled volunteer on my resumé or LinkedIn profile?
Yes, we encourage it! Adding your experience as a Taproot volunteer to your resumé or LinkedIn profile can be a great way to showcase your professional skills and passion for social change. We just ask that if you list your pro bono experience as a reference for a role you’re applying for, you use the specific nonprofit you volunteered with as the recommendation source.