22NTC Session Proposal

A Nonprofit Case Study in the Agile Methodology

Submitted by: Kimberly Swartz đźź  | Taproot Foundation


At the end of 2014, Taproot Foundation launched a tech platform with the goal of making high-quality business pro bono accessible to social change organizations regardless of location, budget, or staff size. Over the past 6 years, Taproot’s lean nonprofit team has utilized the agile methodology to keep costs low while scaling the impact of an innovative tech platform. During this session, participants will hear lessons learned from our tech platform’s creator and current Product Director and best practices for nonprofit use of agile for program development and growth. They will also share insights from how their lean team has pivoted in order to meet rising user needs virtually without breaking the budget.

Learning Outcomes

  • A case study on nonprofit use of agile methodology
  • How to stay lean while building and growing an innovative tech-based social impact program
  • Lessons in pivoting to meet increased virtual program demand during COVID-19

Session Type

60 minute session

Target Audience

Those interested in hearing about how the agile methodology allowed a fellow nonprofit to scale impact with a lean team.