The 1st Latin American Regional Gathering aimed to strengthen and catalyze the Latin American Chapter of the Global Pro Bono Network, a select group of pro bono intermediaries from Latin America driving the movement in their countries. The main objectives were to align pro bono efforts and examine best practices in working with corporations.

This year’s gathering put a special emphasis on capacity building of participants and pro bono marketplace creation. Joel Bashevkin, Head of Global Pro Bono at Taproot Foundation, led the training in a step-by-step approach, focusing on how to demonstrate the business value of pro bono and the development and management of pro bono projects with corporations.

The 1st Latin American Regional Gathering was divided into two components: First, a corporate event in conjunction with the Colabora America conference which took place on November 18th to bring Brazilian corporations together to discuss pro bono potential and development.

As this was the first meeting of Latin American pro bono intermediaries taking place outside of the Global Pro Bono Summit, the second portion benchmarked attendees’ level of pro bono knowledge and terminology in order to lay a solid foundation from which to discuss building a corporate partnership and program. Benchmarking offered a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of key pro bono intermediaries and their work in the Latin American pro bono space. Once the foundation has been set, the experience of the attendees and facilitator was applied to develop best practices for engaging with corporations.