As part of its Pro Bono Week 2013 campaign, Taproot Foundation will partner Winston & Strawn LLP to provide pro bono trainings to nonprofits across the nation. Taproot and Winston & Strawn will invite nonprofits from both their grantee networks for joint trainings that cover both business and legal Pro Bono 101. Trainings will held in each of Taproot’s five flagship cities: New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco from October 20-26th.
Business and legal pro bono support are essential resources for nonprofits who are struggling to make ends meet, especially in this challenging economic climate. While pro bono has existed in legal sector for decades, pro bono in the business world has only come to be seen as a viable and reliable tool for nonprofits to strengthen their organizational capacity recently. As a result, many nonprofits do not realize that pro bono resources are available nor do they know how to access them. The goal of this training series is to begin to close that gap by educating more nonprofits pro bono resources, and cross pollinating the legal and business networks.
Taproot and Winston & Strawn are leaders in the business and legal pro bono sector respectively. Winston & Strawn was one of the first large law firms in the US to adopt a written pro bono policy, and more than 70% of its attorneys have committed to doing at least 35 hours pro bono a year. Winston & Strawn’s rich tradition of pro bono legal service complement Taproot’s 12 years of experience in the business pro bono sector. Taproot re-established the business pro bono sector in 2001 ans since has led development and growth. Taproot’s relationship with Winston & Strawn helps drive the pro bono marketplace forward by combining legal and business pro bono expertise, nonprofits are better equipped to gain infrastructural challenges across the board.
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