February, 2015  

Berlin, Germany: 


The Global Pro Bono Summit is an annual invitation-only convening of pro bono and CSR leaders worldwide who come together to share insights and develop strategies to further drive and shape the global pro bono movement. Stay tuned for updates from the Global Summit and visit the Pro Bono Summit webpage for more information.


June, 2015 
Chicago, IL: 

The US Summit is an invitation-only gathering that brings together leaders in the pro bono movement to align around best practices and priorities for the field. Topics include innovation highlights (who's doing what in the field); working sessions on key advances; sector leaders speaking on best practices; and shared case studies. Invitations go out late-February. To learn more, click here.
Please note the location change of the US Summit.
You're invited to participate in the 2015 Giving in Numbers survey. Join the collective effort this year, and ensure your company receives recognition as a leader in the field. CECP provides benchmarking on pro bono, as well as other areas of philanthropy, volunteerism, and more - make sure your programs are represented! Now in its 14th year, this annual survey is the leading hub of information on corporate community engagement. 

Learn more and take the survey by March.



Where can you get creative in refining your pro bono approach? In this issue we highlight some recent examples of innovative approaches to pro bono and a resource for thinking through how to make your pro bono program unique to your company.


Check out a new Taproot corporate case study: Hillshire Brands and Feeding America. This unique program seeks to make impact in an issue that is directly aligned with Hillshire's business: Food security. Read about how Hillshire unlocked the talent of its people to strengthen local food banks, with the help of a strategic partner: Feeding America.



U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker underscored the importance of pro bono service.

The Project Management Institute (PMI), Taproot Foundation and A Billion + Change joined together on Monday, January 19 during MLK Day of Service for the largest pro bono ScopeAthon ever. Over 400 project managers participated to identify one organizational challenge for nearly 100 nonprofits, brainstormed solutions, and developed a scope of work for projects that will address their needs.  


Learn more about this event and how the ScopeAthon successfully leveraged the unique skill sets of project managers.


Pro bono has traditionally been associated with Fortune 500 corporations but companies, regardless of size, have a vested interest in being good corporate citizens. In October 2014, Taproot Foundation's Advisory Services team led a workshop with entrepreneurs at an incubator in San Francisco to brainstorm how their new enterprises could drive change in the community - starting now. This is a topic gaining momentum and Taproot is taking this curriculum to other co-working spaces in the Bay Area, such as WeWork on mid- February.


Read on to learn how pro bono can be applied to companies from the ground up. 

Are you a small business looking to add more purpose and meaning to your work? Want to retain and hire effective employees? 

Download the new eBook,
Small Business, Big Purpose: A guide to skills-based volunteerism
created by A Billion + Change, Blackbaud and Riggs Partners. 

This January, Taproot and ACCP held Not Your Grandfather's Pro Bono: Companies' Innovative Approaches to Pro Bono


Missed out on the fun? Click here  for a recording of the example-filled webinar. It's intended to satisfy your curiosity about other companies' creative approaches to pro bono and leave you feeling inspired and equipped to make your pro bono program truly unique to your company.


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