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Small Businesses Need Pro Bono Too

By Catherine Ward, Taproot Foundation

Small businesses are the leading driver of job creation in the U.S. While this is an impressive fact, many entrepreneurs with plans to grow their businesses struggle to access the resources they need to expand and add new jobs to their payroll. What if businesses like these had access to pro bono services?  

Stone Soup Films for Pro Bono Week 2013

By Liz Norton

In honor of Pro bono Week 2013 everyone at Stone Soup Films rallied and in short order did what we do best: harness the power of our awesome skilled volunteers to produce and donate a film to a worthy organization.  In this case, though, we made a pro bono film about Pro bono Week highlighting the range of pro bono services that benefit local nonprofits. How meta is that.

The Kresge Foundation Awards Taproot Foundation a $100,000 Challenge Grant Toward the Development of the Online Pro Bono Marketplace

Press Release

October 31, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Taproot Foundation announces that The Kresge Foundation has approved a challenge grant of $100,000 continue  support  of Taproot in the development of pro bono resources within the nonprofit sector. The Kresge Foundation, which boasts 85 years of experience building the nation’s nonprofit infrastructure, is a strategic thought leader and grant maker.  By awarding Taproot a challenge grant towards the expansion of its digital resources, Kresge has signified its view that Taproot plays a critical role in building the nonprofit sector.

Verizon Hosting App Challenge for Students


NAMPA — The Verizon Foundation, with the Technology Student Association, will launch the second annual Innovative App Challenge, a release stated.

The mobile app design competition aims to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Verizon hopes students will create concepts that solve real world issues in their communities and schools.

Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge becoming national day (and night and morning-after) of pro bono community service benefiting nonprofits

Press Release

Minneapolis, October 31, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge will occur simultaneously in the three cities – Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis – in March 2014, to perform pro bono service for nonprofit organizations in those communities. The Nerdery has committed to doing its 24-hour hackathon in communities where its Nerds (Nerdery staff) live and work.

Perdue Farms Contributes $50,000 to Marylanders Grow Oysters Program

Innovative partnership with EcoMedia helps Maryland agricultural business connect with stewardship program
Press Release

Annapolis, Md., October 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ ─ Today, Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue presented $50,000 to the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill and Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance accepted the contribution which will help fund citizen stewardship oyster projects throughout the State. Perdue was able to make this donation through an innovative partnership with CBS EcoMedia.

Source Intelligence Introduces LiveChat

Do you have supply chain compliance questions that need answers fast?

To help companies with burring questions about any number of supply chain compliance issues, Source Intelligence has implemented LiveChat on their website. The chat can be enabled at any time on and offers real-time transmission of messages from an expert for free.  The chat creates a one-on-one feel similar to a spoken conversation, which separates it from forums and emails.

Education and The Internet of Everything

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Cisco on YouTube

Imagine a future where education has become embedded into daily life and is no longer associated with only schools, colleges and universities; a time where people can access learning as and when they need to increase their knowledge or skills.

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Pro Bono Day NYC Top Five

Guest Post by Miriam Young, NPower Community Corps

We had a great time on Wednesday celebrating Pro Bono Day NYC, hosted at the Social Centre for Innovation as part of Pro Bono Week 2013Taproot Foundation and desigNYC organized the event with sponsorship from Citi Foundation


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