In February 2013, the Taproot Foundation hosted the first ever Global Pro Bono Summit in New York City, an annual gathering of leaders with a shared vision to make the talents and skills of the business community accessible to organizations working for our collective good. Since then, organizations from this group have formed the Global Pro Bono Network and have been committed to partner and spread the pro bono movement around the world. Their first contribution to the sector has been to develop the website probonoweek.org.
Pro Bono Week is a global celebration that takes place during the last week of October. It celebrates the pro bono ethic across the professions that use their talents to make a positive difference in local communities around the world. Every year, thousands of people volunteer their professional expertise in marketing, legal services, HR, strategy and IT to support nonprofits. In 2015, more than 50 events hosted in 19 countries have been organized during Pro Bono Week.
Pro bono is derived from pro bono publico, which is Latin, “for the public good” and refers to professional services that are delivered without any expectation of a fee to organizations that serve the social good. Pro bono services provide support for community organizations and are becoming a core part of the ethic of professionals who believe in making high-quality professional services accessible to organizations serving the public good.
To learn more about all the various events and activities that are happening around the world during Pro Bono Week, visit our events page. During Pro Bono Week, partners around the world will be hosting a variety of events and activities, including pro bono service events, public recognition of pro bono consultants and nonprofit organizations that leverage pro bono services, social media campaigns, and crowdfunding to build the pro bono marketplace.
Pro Bono Week will provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the outstanding work of business professionals who volunteer their professional expertise throughout the year, and to inspire more local communities to provide valuable pro bono services to local organizations serving the public good.