Aaron Hurst

Aaron Hurst (@Aaron_Hurst) is the founder and president of the Taproot Foundation, a nonprofit organization building a national pro bono marketplace and leading the global service movement through its award-winning Service Grant program. Widely known for his thought-leadership in civic engagement, nonprofit management and corporate social responsibility, Aaron is an Ashoka and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation fellow and has been formally recognized as a social innovator by the Aspen Institute, Social Venture Network, Fast Company, Commonwealth Club, the Manhattan Institute, the State of California, and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Aaron currently sits on the International Advisory Board of Directors of CiYuan, a three-year initiative to increase social investment in China, and serves on the boards of Reimagining Service and BoardSource. He co-authored the children’s book Mommy and Daddy Do It Pro Bono and is a featured blogger for The Huffington Post.

A Better IRS Code

Jun. 7, 2013 9

One simple change to the IRS code would ensure that nonprofits assemble diverse boards that truly represent the organizations’ owners: the community.

Is Business the New Charity?

Jun. 26, 2012 9

Investing in small business and new ventures is a good thing and vital to our communities, but we must not confuse it with charity or strategic long-term social investment.

Net Promoter Mania

Jun. 13, 2012 4

Introducing a corporate measurement strategy to the social sector presents a variety of potential uses and associated practices.

Five Investments You Can Skip

Oct. 19, 2011 11

The nonprofit sector wastes an insane amount of time implementing best practices that have painfully low return on investment.

“Oops, I Failed Again”

Oct. 4, 2011 7

Face-to-face conversations among CEOs reminds and reassures them that that failure is, in fact, the norm and does not preclude success.