The Taproot Foundation is a 501 nonprofit organization that engages design, marketing, IT, strategic management, and human resources professionals in pro bono service projects to build the infrastructure of other nonprofit organizations. Taproot Foundation's mission is to "drive social change by leading, mobilizing, and engaging professionals in pro bono service." Its work focuses around building a pro bono marketplace that, like philanthropy, is large, transparent, professional and accessible. The organization was founded in 2001 by Aaron Hurst. The current President and CEO is Lindsay Firestone Gruber.
According to the organization's website, "Taproot Foundation, a national nonprofit, connects nonprofits and social change organizations with passionate, business professionals who share their expertise pro bono. 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 network of skilled volunteers has served over 7,600 social change organizations providing more than 1.7 million hours of work worth over $204 million in value. Taproot co-founded a network of global pro bono providers in over 30 countries around the world".
Through Taproot's programs, thousands of business professionals have assisted nonprofits with capacity-building projects since 2001. Taproot also provides training to nonprofits on how to take advantage of pro bono services. Its Advisory Services Practice helps Fortune 500 companies in building high-impact pro bono programs. In 2014, Taproot launched www.taprootplus.org, an online matchmaking platform that directly matches skilled volunteers with nonprofits for shorter-term engagements.