Taproot Foundation's Awards to Local Nonprofits Tops $600,000

Friday, November 30, 2007 General News
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SEATTLE, Nov. 29 Taproot Foundation has awarded anadditional five service grants to King County nonprofits. Recipients includeChinese Information and Service Center, Climate Solutions, ECOSS(Environmental Coalition of South Seattle), Kids Co., and Senior Services.

Since Taproot Foundation's initial grant round in Seattle in March 2007,approximately $600,000 worth of pro bono services has been awarded to fifteenSeattle area nonprofit organizations. By the end of 2009, Taproot Foundationexpects to have awarded 100 grants with a total value of $4 million inprofessional services. The organization's official kick-off took place inearly November at a launch party for current volunteers, nonprofit grantees,and local funders.

Propelling Taproot Foundation forward is a recent gift of $200,000 fromthe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -- the third largest gift in Taproot'shistory.

"This grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is an incredible voteof confidence for the Taproot Foundation," said Matthew O'Grady, VicePresident, National Expansion, Taproot Foundation. "With it, we'll be able tohelp 20 Puget Sound nonprofits to more effectively pursue their missions --and in turn, these nonprofits will strengthen the Puget Sound community."

Awarded over three years (2008 - 2010) the grant includes $100,000 tosponsor 20 Service Grants, which will be awarded to Puget Sound nonprofits inthe fields of social services and education. This initial investment of$100,000 from the Gates Foundation will in turn provide an estimated $800,000in capacity-building services for the nonprofit recipients. The grant alsoincludes $100,000 in general operating support for the Taproot Foundation.

"Nonprofits have the greatest potential for addressing our society's mostchallenging social and environmental problems, but often lack the operationalresources to be effective," said O'Grady. "The Taproot Foundation exists toclose this gap and ensure all nonprofits have the infrastructure they need tothrive."

Every year, hundreds of nonprofit organizations rely on the TaprootFoundation's award winning Service Grant program to provide millions ofdollars worth of pro bono marketing, HR and IT consulting services that betterequip them to tackle our society's toughest challenges. Taproot partners withcorporations, universities, and trade associations to infuse the pro bonoethic into every business profession -- increasing the resources available tothe nonprofit sector. By 2020, Taproot strives to have all businessprofessionals consider pro bono work an integrated and esteemed part of theircareers.

About Taproot Foundation

Taproot Foundation was started in 2001 by Aaron Hurst and strengthensnonprofits by engaging business professionals in service. Service Grants areawarded to nonprofits in the areas of marketing, IT, and human resources andprofessionals in these for-profit sectors donate about 100 hours of time overthe course of a 5-6 month project. Taproot serves organizations in theenvironment, health, social services, and education sectors. In addition tothe Seattle office, the Foundation is also serving nonprofits in Boston,Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.

Taproot Foundation is actively recruiting business professionals in theSeattle area. If you're interested in volunteering your time to a localnonprofit, please visit http://www.taprootfoundation.org or call(206) 790-7668 for more information.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & MelindaGates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. Indeveloping countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving themthe chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In theUnited States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with t

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