Taproot Foundation

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Taproot Foundation
501(c)(3) non-profit organization
FounderAaron Hurst
Number of locations
New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles
Area served
United States nonprofits
Number of employees

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


Taproot Foundation's mission is to "drive social change by leading, mobilizing, and engaging professionals in pro bono service."[4] Its work focuses around building a pro bono marketplace that, like philanthropy, is large, transparent, professional and accessible.[5] The organization was founded in 2001 by Aaron Hurst.[6] The current President and CEO is Liz Hamburg.[7]

Through Taproot's Service Grant program, thousands of business professionals have assisted nonprofits with capacity-building projects since 2001.[5] Taproot also provides training to nonprofits on how to take advantage of pro bono services.[5] Its Advisory Services Practice assists Fortune 500 companies in building high-impact pro bono programs.[8] In 2014, Taproot launched an online marketplace—taprootplus.org—that directly matches skilled volunteers with nonprofits for shorter-term engagements.[9]

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, the Taproot Foundation has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.[10] Taproot Foundation is rated four stars (out of four) by Charity Navigator.[11]


  1. ^ Community Outreach Archived 2010-12-08 at the Wayback Machine "Chicago American Marketing Association", Accessed March 18, 2010
  2. ^ "Taproot Foundation Announces Pro Bono Marketplace - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times". Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  3. ^ Social Capitalist Awards-Taproot Foundation, Fast Company, December, 2005
  4. ^ "New York Nonprofit Media: Branding on a Budget". nynmedia.com. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  5. ^ a b c Scott, Ryan. "Professionalizing Pro Bono Volunteering". Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  6. ^ Roberts, Lee (2006-11-13). "Younger Generations Lend a Hand in Their Own Way". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  7. ^ "Taproot foundation hires angel investor Liz Hamburg as CEO - San Francisco Business Times". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  8. ^ Scott, Ryan. "A Skills-Based Revolutionary: Taproot's Aaron Hurst". Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  9. ^ "Taproot Foundation Starts Online Matchmaker for Charities Seeking Pro Bono Help". Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  10. ^ Tugend, Alina (2009-03-14). "Even Pro Bono Work Requires Doing Your Homework First". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  11. ^ Taproot Foundation, Charity Navigator, Accessed August 16, 2012.

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