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Powered by Pro Bono: The Nonprofit?s Step-by-Step Guide to Scoping, Securing, Managing, and Scaling Pro Bono Resources 1st Edition

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Generate Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Pro Bono Services

More than $15 billion in pro bono services is donated to nonprofits every year—four times as much as all corporate grantmaking. These services go beyond legal services, to marketing, strategic planning, technology, and more. Powered by Pro Bono, a hands-on guide from the leader in the field, provides step-by-step directions for how your nonprofit can secure and manage these valuable resources to get the results you need.

"Taproot was remarkably able to transform pro bono service from an unreliable solution into one that hundreds of nonprofits count on every year. This book finally lets the rest of us in on the secrets behind how they have made it work."

—Jeanne Bell, CEO, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services; chair, Alliance for Nonprofit Management

"This book is a critical resource for any nonprofit board serious about resource generation."

—Linda Crompton, CEO, BoardSource

"Powered by Pro Bono discusses effective approaches to attract and manage pro bono services."

—Evan Hochberg, national director, Community Involvement, Deloitte Services LP

"This book will unlock the vault of talent and skills that companies can bring to the nonprofit sector, and ultimately help build stronger communities."

—Ken Sternad, president, The UPS Foundation

"Powered by Pro Bono is required reading for anyone committed to making long-term, positive impact in their communities."

—Caroline Barlerin, director, Global Community Engagement, Hewlett Packard's Office of Sustainability and Social Innovation

"Companies are increasingly developing pro bono programs as a key tool to increase their positive community impact. This book is an essential guide for nonprofits to prepare for this fast-growing trend."

—Margaret M. Coady, director, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy

About the Author

Aaron Hurst is the president of Taproot Foundation. He is one of the nation's most recognized social entrepreneurs, and a leading advocate of pro bono service. He is also the author of the inspirational Mommy and Daddy Do It Pro Bono.

Taproot Foundation, founded in 2001, leads the rapidly expanding pro bono marketplace. Taproot has served more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations through its award-winning Service Grant Program, designed pro bono programs for dozens of leading companies, and sparked key national pro bono initiatives such as Billion + Change.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (September 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118140958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118140956
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This latest release from Taproot Foundation offer their collective decades of experience in a simple, easy to use, follow, understand and practical guide.

Some of the best features that makes Powered By Pro Bono far above the rest:

1) It is actually usable.
There are so many books out there that either recount successes of project management, or theory OR they're all workbook and no context. This is neither one - Powered by Pro Bono gives a reader enough strategy and insight to clue in to the process, but enough tools to make it applicable to what you're doing

2) It's a great tool for everyone
No matter if you're upper management of a non-profit, a professional consultant thinking about doing pro bono work, a seasoned pro bono professional, or even a regular paid consultant, a junior team member or project leader, this is for you. There are great project management and team leadership skills and tools that are relevant (and wise) for all professions, sectors and experience levels.

3) It's a great tool for anytime
No matter where you are in your project (concept, implementation, review), Powered by Pro Bono will help you figure out where you've been, where you want to go, and what you need to do to get you there

4) It's inspirational
Not only is it a great tool, but it's got a TON of resources and examples for what pro bono work is capable of achieving.

The best part about Powered by Pro Bono is that it leaves success up to you. It's not one of those prescriptive books which requires steps A-Z to be followed exactly - you can use it however you NEED to use it. You can just read chapters to expose yourself or your team to ideas, concepts or processes, or you can go through it line by line, use worksheets and make it a blue print for your project.

Great book. Must have for anyone remotely related to the social sector.
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WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT: "Powered by Pro Bono" is a 250 page, large format guide to getting high value volunteer time to carry out the projects many non-profits need but can't pay cash for. Examples include dealing with certain legal issues, designing a highly effective media campaign, or overhauling a management system.

Taproot(itself a nonprofit) has pioneered a way to make this work through donation of pro bono (for the public good) time of lawyers, engineers, media experts, computer experts, management experts, and a host of skilled professionals. Taproots operates in large cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, and New York and advises throughout the country.

This book is based on over a decade of experience. It is intended to help non-profits elsewhere set up their own Pro Bono connections. The driving assumption is that making this work requires as professional an approach as the non-profits would use for expensive paid experts: not your "help set up chairs and stuff envelopes" volunteers. The authors are, in my view, right on with their ideas and guidance.

WHAT'S INCLUDED: There are five chapters, eight detailed how-to appendices, 28 hard-working & useful figures, 30 tables, 25 exhibits, and 11 worksheets.

The chapters cover how to scope projects, how to secure resources, how to manage projects with high value volunteers, and how to scale projects.

The appendices give examples and templates such as "examples of job postings" and "sample liability waiver." Readers can use the wheels already invented, which is a time-saver and big help in getting things right the first time.
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If, like me, you've run a nonprofit organization, then you know that free services, pro bono consultants, and in-kind gifts are not always as time and cost effective as they initially appear to be. Through clear and easy to follow steps, Powered by Pro Bono brings a thoughtful and strategic approach to this process. It shifts the thinking and practice of being reactive to accepting pro bono support, to proactively planning for and seeking out pro bono when the need, timing, and provider, are right for your organization.
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This book is an impressive collection of the knowledge that Taproot has gained over the last 10 years and serves as a step-by-step guide through each stage of a pro bono engagement. From scoping the need to securing the pro bono resources, managing the project and scaling to a point where critical needs related to organizational infrastructure can be routinely met via pro bono, this book enables nonprofits to maximize its impact.
Many of the insights and practical recommendations are valid not only for nonprofits in the USA but around the world.
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Sign up with Taproot! Become a giver. This book I bought prior to joining the organization to learn more about their processes. It's worth having as a bible for all marketers, project and product managers, and small clubs both for and non-profit organizations and groups.
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