The week before Hurricane Sandy turned the East Coast upside down, American Express and other companies joined the Taproot Foundation in celebrating Pro Bono Week.
We participated by hosting a Scope-a-thon, an effort to engage our employees in helping to scope projects from nonprofits in order to prepare them to more fully benefit from pro bono consulting in the future.
We had 35 American Express employees in our New York office assist 11 nonprofits in a three-hour marathon Scope-a-thon. The nonprofits included:
- Brooklyn Public Library
- City Parks Foundation
- Creative Alternatives of New York
- God’s Love We Deliver
- Historic House Trust
- Japan Society
- Neighborhood Housing Services of NYC
- New York Blood Center
- Reel Works Teen Filmmaking
- Studio Museum in Harlem
The Taproot Foundation did a terrific job of structuring the conversation around these four questions:
1. First, what hurts?
2. Next, what are some ways to fix it?
3. So, what’s the specific prescription?
4. And finally, what’s the treatment plan?
The response from both employees and nonprofits was extremely positive. 100 percent of employees said that they would participate again and refer the program to a colleague. One employee went so far as to say that it was her “best day” at American Express. Read the rest of this entry »