Nonprofits report that pro bono service—donated professional services for social good—improved their organization’s effectiveness in cost or resource savings, efficiency, and quality of operations or services.
NEW YORK, October 24, 2016 /3BL Media/ – In celebration of Pro Bono Week, Taproot Foundation is releasing key findings from the 2016 State of Pro Bono Service Survey. Results show that 95% of surveyed nonprofit professionals report that pro bono service improved their organization’s effectiveness. In addition, almost 90% of respondents say they will use pro bono service in the coming year. Services most sought after were in marketing, design, technology, and strategy.
“So many nonprofits fill critical resource gaps by engaging business professionals in the community to volunteer their skills in pro bono service. Unlike legal pro bono, the impact of business pro bono is not always as easy to measure. This survey is a first step toward annually identifying pro bono’s value to the nonprofit community as well as areas for improvement of our services,” said Liz Hamburg, President & CEO of Taproot Foundation.
Most social change organizations don’t have access to all the resources they need to move their missions forward. Skilled volunteers who donate their time and talent pro bono help build capacity for these organizations by lending their expertise in marketing, finance, strategy, IT, and HR. To that end, this survey measured effectiveness in one or more of the following four areas: improving quality of operations or services, becoming more efficient, reaching more beneficiaries, and saving on monetary cost or resources. Of those four aspects, respondents most frequently cited that pro bono service resulted in improvements in cost or resource savings and quality of operations.
The State of Pro Bono Service Survey was conducted by Taproot Foundation to evaluate the use and efficacy of pro bono services provided by the business community to nonprofits. Survey results will be used to continue to measure and improve the effectiveness, use, availability, and trustworthiness of pro bono service among nonprofits and other social change organizations (See Taproot Foundation’s Theory of Change). This survey is part of an ongoing effort to evaluate the impact of pro bono service towards furthering Taproot’s vision that mission-driven organizations have access to high impact pro bono where and when they need it.
About the State of Pro Bono Service Survey
Survey respondents were contacted with the support of Common Impact, LinkedIn, VolunteerMatch, Catchafire, Points of Light HandsOn Network, GivingTuesday, The Foundation Center, Be Social Change, Center for Nonprofit Management (LA), NYC Service, DataKind, YNPN, and NPower. Responses were collected from over 1,000 nonprofit professionals across the country representing organizations tackling a wide range of issue areas including education, youth development, health, social services, veterans’ services, human rights, and community development with budget sizes ranging from less than $50K to greater than $20M.