Sample Completed Projects
Here's a list of great projects on Taproot+ completed recently. Read these descriptions to see if your organization identifies with any of these needs
Design for visual identity for Child Care Resource & Referral
We decided to use pro bono service because we had grown beyond our "state" funded core services and were all over the place. CCR&R needed a brand and messaging for our constituency; we required professional advice but, as a nonprofit, did not have the funds to pursue it. Taproot helped bridge that gap by connecting us with highly skilled volunteers who produced professional-level, usable end results.
Our organization received a Taproot Service Grant in 2016 and adopted a full branding and messaging plan with recommendations from our skilled volunteers that we implemented through a separate Taproot+ project. Participation in one pro bono service seems to lead to another! We continue to have plans to reach out for more pro bono. It has become an increasing part of our budget.
Program evaluation strategy for Senior Living Options Inc. DBA Step Up for Better Living
We had a draft logic model for program evaluation, but we needed help revising and implementing it. We turned to Taproot+ and quickly matched with a skilled volunteer. Now that we have a completed logic model, Step Up has improved its capacity to evaluate programs. This valuable tool helps us measure exactly how much our programs help our clients.
Our pro bono experience didn’t stop there. Step Up completed and implemented three additional Taproot+ projects. Each project addressed a specific problem and resulted in clear solutions. Taproot was instrumental in helping us address numerous capacity building needs in technology, data management, and marketing. The support provided by their staff was amazing, and the whole experience was rewarding!
PR strategy and execution plan for College Possible
I was hired in January 2018 when goals to obtain several media hits were already in place. I had ZERO PR experience and was new to the Portland area, so I didn't have any media relationships. I needed help! Thankfully I knew of Taproot from working in the volunteer engagement field and quickly went to them for help. I knew that I would find skilled, talented volunteers through Taproot... and I was right! Less than 24 hours after I posted the pro bono project, I received an email from a Portland local and PR expert.
Taproot had thorough information on what it takes to successfully engage a business professional. They also provided our volunteer with tools for what to expect from the nonprofit. Taproot suggested questions for both of us to ask during the initial meeting to help ensure that we were a good fit. They made the introduction seamless. Plus, we never would have found our awesome volunteer to begin with without Taproot's posting and advertisement of our opportunity!
Website design and development for Double Comfort
Pro bono in one word? Love. The old adage that ‘it takes a village’ is very accurate in the social enterprise world. Taproot pro bono volunteers have helped Double Comfort rebrand, pull our crazy sales spreadsheets together, and build a new website. These projects have helped us in marketing and selling our product to make more revenue for food pantries. The volunteers we have found are amazing individuals, with big professional skill sets and even bigger hearts.
To be able to tap into folks through Taproot, find them where they're at, and match their skills with our needs - it’s invaluable.
Content strategy for #GivingTuesday campaign for The Dignity Institute
This year for #GivingTuesday, we wanted to take our fundraising campaign to the next level. We enlisted several Taproot+ volunteers to help us prepare for the day, tackling challenges such as website updates, coding, creative copywriting, and social media messaging. Each one of our volunteers worked with such dedication and flair. They have been an invaluable source of ideas, deliverables, and inspiration for our organization.
I am eternally grateful for the support, enthusiasm, professionalism, and great ideas that our volunteers provided to my organization. Because of them, we can now attract more funding and the resources needed to help our youth stay in school, graduate, and live a productive life.
Digital content strategy for Unity Parenting and Counseling Inc.
We were in the midst of a Taproot+ digital content strategy project for our art programs when our youth emergency shelter was struck by a serious fire. Our skilled volunteer immediately pivoted focus right along with us and threw himself into developing a GoFundMe campaign to assist our shelter in recuperating from the severe fire damage. Our volunteer’s efforts paid off; this initial social media campaign raised over $20,000 from new donors within two months.
Unity Parenting and Counseling is a stronger, more viable organization today because of Taproot and our skilled volunteer.