Taproot Foundation Announces That Services Donated by Business Professionals are Valued at $150 Per Hour — a 25% Increase Over 2009 Rates

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Taproot Foundation Announces That Services Donated by Business Professionals are Valued at $150 Per Hour — a 25% Increase Over 2009 Rates

Taproot Foundation announces a new monetary valuation of pro bono service as part of Pro Bono Week, October 25-31, 2015.

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Monday, October 26, 2015 - 11:30am

CAMPAIGN: Pro Bono Week 2015

CONTENT: Press Release

October 26, 2015 /3BL Media/ – In celebration of Pro Bono Week, Taproot Foundation announces that the 2015 standard for the value of pro bono service has increased 25% to $150 per hour. The $150 valuation defines the average, per hour value of time donated by business professionals to nonprofit organizations through pro bono services including expertise in marketing, strategic planning, HR, and IT. This study was developed in partnership with CECP, a coalition of 150 CEOs of the world’s largest companies focused on societal engagement, and is based on an analysis of data included in the 2015 Salary Guides produced annually by professional staffing firm Robert Half.

“Pro bono professional services have a huge impact on a nonprofits’ bottom lines,” says Liz Hamburg, President and CEO, Taproot Foundation. “It’s one thing for a nonprofit Executive Director to report to her board that she received outstanding marketing or IT support pro bono but the benefit to the organization is amplified and becomes tangible when she can add that the value of the service was $10,000, $30,000 or upwards of $75,000. The same is true for companies or professionals interested in tracking and reporting their pro bono service.”

This $150 per hour value of pro bono service compares to $23.07 for more traditional volunteering which is the estimated value of volunteer time, as per the 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics data, indexed by Independent Sector. Both forms of volunteering are critical to providing nonprofits with resources.

Giving in Numbers: 2015 Edition shows that pro bono is on the rise,” stated Daryl Brewster, CEO, CECP. “The percentage of companies offering it increased from 40% in 2012 to more than half (51%) last year, making it the fastest-growing employee-volunteering program, typically comprising 15% of a company’s overall non-cash giving. When employees use their core job skills in pro bono service to a non-profit partner, they are investing in that organization, adding needed capacity and enhancing their own skill base.”

Hamburg noted that Taproot Foundation’s online marketplace, Taproot+, which connects pro bono professionals with nonprofit organizations, has delivered $2 million in donated professional services in its first year alone. Going forward, nonprofit organizations will be able use this $150/hour to report that completing a project with pro bono consultants from Taproot+ provides nearly $7K in value, per project. Projects meet a wide variety of needs, for example, developing a social media strategy, migrating accounting records from Excel to Quickbooks, or developing brand messaging. 

More about the pro bono monetary valuation standards can be found on the Taproot Foundation website: Pro Bono Valuation.

This study was done in conjunction with Pro Bono Week, October 25-31, 2015, a global campaign that celebrates and activates pro bono service. Taproot Foundation, with 14 years’ experience in designing and delivering pro bono service programs, is a key leader and architect of the pro bono movement, and works with partners across the USA and around the world to join together to build awareness for the movement during this year’s week-long effort. Pro Bono Week is made possible through the generous contributions of Deloitte as well as ConAgra Foods Foundation, Prudential, Walmart, and JPMorgan Chase.   

About Taproot Foundation: Taproot Foundation, a national nonprofit, connects nonprofits and social change organizations with skilled volunteers through pro bono service. Taproot is creating a world where organizations dedicated to social change have full access—through pro bono service—to the marketing, strategy, HR, and IT resources they need to be most effective. Since 2001, Taproot’s skilled volunteers have served 3,700 social change organizations providing 1.5 million hours of work worth over $147 million in value. Taproot is located in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. and is leading a network of global pro bono providers in over 23 countries around the world. www.taprootfoundation.org

About CECP: CECP is a coalition of CEOs united in the belief that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. Founded in 1999, CECP has grown to a movement of more than 150 CEOs of the world’s largest companies across all industries. Revenues of engaged companies sum to $7 trillion annually. A nonprofit organization, CECP offers participating companies one-on-one consultation, networking events, exclusive data, media support, and case studies on corporate engagement. http://cecp.co

About Pro Bono Week: Pro Bono Week (#PBW15) is a global campaign that celebrates and activates pro bono service across all professions that use their talents to make a difference. Inspired by the American Bar Association's National Celebration of Pro Bono, Taproot works with partners around the globe to focus attention on the pro bono movement each year in October. This year, Pro Bono Week is October 25-31.


Suzanne Craig
+1 (212) 257-7643
Taproot Foundation
Keywords: Reports | Business & Trade | CECP | Corporate Social Responsibility | Philanthropy | Social Change | Taproot Foundation | Volunteerism | Volunteerism & Community Engagement | pro bono | skills-based volunteering

CAMPAIGN: Pro Bono Week 2015

CONTENT: Press Release