A whopping 68% of nonprofit professionals feel like they don’t have enough financial resources to do the work they do.* Now more than ever, you’re asked to go above and beyond with less and less. If this sounds familiar, we might have a solution for you – pro bono.
Pro bono? We can hear you saying “but I don’t need a lawyer…” Maybe you don’t. But you might be able to use the help of industry experts in marketing, HR, technology, finance, or strategy—all volunteering their skills and time to help you achieve your mission. That’s pro bono, too.
So what can your nonprofit organization do with the help of pro bono in 2018? Here are a few ideas from the Taproot Foundation, an organization dedicated to connecting nonprofits with skilled volunteers.
Think About the Types of Projects You Typically Hire a Contractor For.
Does your organization’s website need a refresher? Maybe you’re looking for a compelling brochure to share your nonprofit’s mission. Those projects are tough to complete if you’re operating on a shoestring budget. But with the help of a skilled website or graphic design volunteer, you can make it happen.
Tip: Check out the Ad Council’s CreateForChange campaign, a partnership with the Taproot Foundation and Taproot+ to connect your nonprofit with professionals from the advertising industry who are looking to volunteer their time and talents.
Are There Empty Seats at Your Organization?
Is your new nonprofit getting off the ground with a skeleton staff? Or maybe your organization simply doesn’t have the budget to hire a staff person dedicated to HR or marketing. Projects like developing an HR policy manual or creating a brand strategy require a level of expertise that’s hard to learn from a blog or article. If you don’t have the right expertise on staff, you can tackle these projects with the help of skilled volunteers.
Tip: Contemplating a project outside of your area of expertise, or want to brainstorm or troubleshoot a challenge? A conversation may be all it takes to get your juices flowing. Connect with an industry professional for a one-hour consultation call on everything from performance evaluations to digital strategy as part of Taproot+’s Virtual Office Hours.
A Company Generously Donated <insert the latest software or new technology>, but No One Knows What to Do With It…
So you’ve got a new customer relationship management system or piece of technology, but you don’t have the staff bandwidth or knowledge to learn how to use and implement the system organization wide. Volunteer IT experts can help you customize your <insert new techy thing> and set up the necessary processes for implementation. It’s a whole lot less painful with the help of people who know what they’re doing. We promise
Tip: There are over 30,000 professionals in technology, marketing, HR, finance, strategy, and more, signed up to help your organization on Taproot+. Take a look at what’s possible with this catalog of common projects.
With the help of professionals volunteering their time and talent, 2018 could be the year your organization takes its infrastructure to the next level. Dive into pro bono today!