The Taproot Foundation is a nonprofit consulting organization that mobilizes and engages business professionals in pro bono service. The foundation has supported Taproot’s Service Grant program, which provides nonprofit organizations with access to capacity-building tools and services.
In 2016, the foundation supported Taproot to build out a proprietary platform for launching a Virtual Office Hours (VOH) program. The pilot phase includes building the platform and pilot testing the program in New York City with youth-serving nonprofits. Through VOH, a nonprofit staff member or leader will be able to connect to a functional area expert for a one-on-one consultation about a specific challenge or idea. One or two consulting sessions can quickly help an organization create solutions to a challenge and identify next steps, including a longer engagement of pro bono services or the establishment of internal project management systems in consultation with a Certified Project Manager in the corporate sector.
In its pilot year, Taproot will target 100 youth-serving organizations in New York City. Each will receive a tailored needs assessment, training about VOH, and pro bono service. Taproot will also train skilled pro bono partners and deliver at least two VOH consulting sessions to at least 50 youth-serving organizations over the next year.