Taproot Foundation

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Taproot Foundation
501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Founder Aaron Hurst
Headquarters San Francisco, U.S.
Number of locations
New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles
Area served
United States nonprofits
Number of employees
Website www.taprootfoundation.org

The Taproot Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that engages design, marketing,[1] IT, strategic management, and human resources professionals in pro bono to build the infrastructure of other nonprofit organizations.[2]


Taproot Foundation's mission is to "lead, mobilize and engage professionals in pro bono service that drives social change." It's work focuses around building a pro bono marketplace that, like philanthropy, is large, transparent, professional and accessible. The organization was founded in 2001 by Aaron Hurst and opened the grant service program.

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, the Taproot Foundation has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles[3] and is known for providing pro bono service outside of the legal community.[4] Taproot Foundation's Advisory Services Practice offers consulting services to Fortune 100 companies, providing assistance in building high-impact pro bono programs.[5][6] Taproot Foundation is rated four stars (out of four) by Charity Navigator.[7]


  1. ^ Community Outreach "Chicago American Marketing Association", Accessed March 18, 2010
  2. ^ Social Capitalist Awards-Taproot Foundation, Fast Company, December, 2005
  3. ^ Laid Off? Volunteer! Here's Why and How, "Forbes", Tara Weiss, February 24, 2010
  4. ^ Even Pro Bono Work Requires Doing Your Homework First "New York Times", Alina Tugend, March 13, 2009
  5. ^ Taproot Foundation Impact Profile "Taproot Foundation Website," Accessed March 15, 2010
  6. ^ Pro bono: The new model for corporate giving, The Western Edition, Morgan Davis, January 02, 2010
  7. ^ Taproot Foundation, Charity Navigator, Accessed August 16, 2012.

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