Hopefully this impromptu post can help a couple of folks! If you’re a struggling marketing, creative or sales type don’t sit around waiting for your next gig think bigger, now’s the time to start your own project, build your own client list and broaden or hone your experience! Don’t over look any possibilities – take back your career track! So here’s our first guest article with many thanks to Cynopsis.com for letting us republish…
Started in 2001, The Taproot Foundation is an organization that uses the pro bono work of marketing and design professionals to help non-profits on a local, state, national and even on a global basis.
Offices are located in NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington DC. Unfortunately, since teams are expected to meet once a month, those who live outside these areas are not viable candidates for Taproot.
The core mission is “to lead, mobilize and engage professionals in pro bono service that drives social change.”
Why is this important to you? Taproot and organizations like it not only provide an invaluable service to non-profits, but also for the media professionals who are currently unemployed.
There is an application that is fairly extensive, so they can place you most appropriately. Taproot is looking for professionals with at least 3-5 years of experience and requires each member to dedicate a minimum of 3-5 hours per week.
Members are placed on a specific project, each project usually lasts 6-8 months but this can vary depending on the pace of the project.
While much of the work can be done at home, members are expected to meet face to face about once a month and everyone must attend an orientation process to become an active pro bono consultant.
Volunteers, (pro bono consultants) should not consider this venture an opportunity to learn new skills, but rather to help the non-profit organization they are assigned. However, there will be many opportunities to network with other professionals within the organization, through both the orientation process and once you become a member, through the Taproot Foundation intranet.
Taproot will consider but cannot promise a particular non-profit nor does it reimburse any cost incurred during the project including gas and mileage for monthly meetings.
The Taproot Foundation offers non-profits the services of sales and marketers that they normally could not afford. The Taproot Foundation receives the benefit of your work, knowledge and experience, and you get to do something useful for your community, fill in gaps in your resume, and enable you to network with other professionals.
All around, it seems like a win win for everyone. To contact The Taproot Foundation please visit www.taprootfoundation.org/.
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Richard Bouchez is a certified Inbound Marketing professional specializing in Social Media Marketing & New Media content development. Richard’s web, audio & video work has been honored with Emmy, Promax & CBA awards.
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