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 type of Taproot project is the best fit for me?
Taproot provides various opportunities for you to get involved. You can work virtually on short-term projects and one-hour consultations or in person on long-term projects and at full and half-day pro bono events. Find out all the ways you can get involved.
Taproot+: Work virtually or in person with a nonprofit on short-term projects lasting 4 – 6 weeks on average.
Virtual Office Hours: Provide quick consultations to nonprofits in one-hour, one-on-one virtual sessions.
Taproot Team Projects: Work in person with a team of 2 – 6 volunteers on projects that typically last 12 – 15 weeks. In person meetings will take place throughout the project. (Available in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Bay Area)
Workshops and Events: Team up with a group of consultants in person to help a nonprofit address a challenge. (Available in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, and other select cities)
How do I get involved with Taproot?
Create an account on Taproot+ (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 opportunities. Once you find a project or activity that sparks your interest, simply apply to get involved.
How do I know what opportunities are open to me?
Sign up for an account on Taproot+ and login to see which projects and events are available in your area.
When can I work on a Taproot project?
You can start on a short-term project or consultation call as early as tomorrow. New Team Projects are staffed every other month. We hold workshops and events approximately once per quarter. Find our events calendar here or login to Taproot+ 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+ to work virtually on short-term projects or provide consultations through Virtual Office Hours.
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 15 years. Our model has proven successful in engaging thousands of business professionals every year and supporting more than 6,000 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 consultations 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 consultants to nonprofits, we generally hope you’re open to working with new and varied organizations depending on attendance.
If I join a Team Project, who will be on my team? Can I select my teammates?
Each of our projects is scoped to address a specific nonprofit need, and teams are designed to include all the necessary skills and expertise to accomplish project goals. If you are chosen to lead a project, you’ll work with our recruiters to staff your team. If you’re looking to join a team and are recommended, you’ll be able to speak with the Project Lead to mutually determine fit. At the same time, meeting new people and building your network is a benefit of our projects.
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+ 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.