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Giving Thoughts

Apr
25
2017

Q&A with Lisa Green Hall: Expanding Economic Prosperity by Leveraging the Influence of Women and People of Color in Impact Investing

By Alice Korngold and Lisa Green Hall

Lisa Green Hall co-manages and led the launch of a global initiative known as Skopos Impact Fund, focused on delivering social, environmental and financial returns. As the former CEO of Calvert Foundation, a global leader in impact investing, and a board member of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Lisa Green Hall has a rich perspective on what works. In this Q&A, Lisa Green Hall shares how impact investing is an opportunity to expand economic prosperity globally and leverage the influence of women and people of color in business and finance.

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Apr
18
2017

Q&A with Sarina Prabasi: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals through Partnerships

By Alice Korngold and Sarina Prabasi

Businesses have a vested interest in breaking the barriers that prevent millions of women and girls from achieving their full potential. One of the greatest challenges facing girls is basic access to clean water and toilets. WaterAid’s powerful new campaign, Girl Strong, provides a way for businesses and foundations to join in driving real, transformative change. In this Q&A, Water Aid chief executive Sarina Prabasi discusses ways in which companies can engage with Girl Strong to help girls improve their lives, while advancing numerous SDGs, and driving economic development.

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Apr
11
2017

Q&A with Gabriela Burian: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals through Partnerships

By Alice Korngold and Gabriela Burian

Gabriela Burian recently joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), while continuing in her executive position at Monsanto. WBCSD works with leading companies to create a set of business solutions that are good for business and will deliver the organization’s vision when set at scale. WBCSD focuses its work across four economic systems: energy, food and land-use, cities and mobility, and redefining value. In this Q&A, Gabriela Burian discusses her new joint role and how she is positioned to help advance SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

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Apr
05
2017

Donor Advised Funds: Democratizing Philanthropy to Change the World

By Alex Parkinson

The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “Donor Advised Funds: Democratizing Philanthropy to Change the World,” is now available to download free. Authored by Scott Jackson and Ann Wheatley Canela, this piece looks at how donor advised funds could create more informed and engaged donors.

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Mar
28
2017

How Business Can Turnaround the Supply Chain with Liberal Arts

By Michael Maibach and Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill, Ph.D.

While the business community focuses on the talent pipeline for “hard skills,” the notion that the liberal arts are no longer valuable in today’s economy has too often become conventional wisdom. But the broad, intellectual skill-set of the liberal arts graduate is also becoming a scarce commodity—and that’s not good for business.

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Mar
23
2017

Q&A with Abby Falik: How Global Citizen Year Prepares the Next Generation of Employees and Leaders

By Alice Korngold

Classroom experience alone is not sufficient to prepare new employees for today’s workforce. Companies seek job candidates who have had international experiences to develop self-awareness, grit, empathy, curiosity, resourcefulness, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Global Citizen Year provides unique opportunities for students to travel, work, and study in new and challenging environments between high school and college. In this Q&A, Global Citizen Year founder and CEO Abby Falik explains how Global Citizen Year’s graduates grow personally and professionally, showing the greatest promise to become valuable employees and future leaders.

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Mar
21
2017

Time Is Running Out to Complete Your Giving in Numbers Survey

By Alex Parkinson

The Giving in Numbers 2017 survey, conducted by CECP in association with The Conference Board, is open until March 31, 2017. Remember to get your submissions in ASAP.  The annual survey is the industry-leading tool for corporate societal engagement professionals. To get started, please contact Alex Parkinson at Alex.Parkinson@conferenceboard.org.

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Mar
14
2017

To Move Women Forward, Use Your Purchasing Power, Voice, and Leadership

By Sarah Middleton

In February, in recognition of Valentine’s Day, Americans spent more than $18 billion on jewelry, flowers, cards, a night out for their sweetheart, and more. And this past December, Americans spent more than $1 trillion on holiday gifts. We were generous gift givers: the average holiday shopper bought 14 gifts during the holiday season.

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Mar
08
2017

Putting Girls in Ethiopia on a Path to Better Futures

By Alice Korngold

Girls in Ethiopia face child marriage, trafficking, child labor, and the lack of access to education. Studio Samuel Foundation (SSF), a nonprofit that has received funding from Google, the GO Campaign, and The White Feather Foundation (Julian Lennon), creates pathways and empowers at-risk girls to become self-reliant. SSF’s two-year program, Training for Tomorrow, provides healthcare, life skills training, and computer programming training to prepare girls for gainful employment and careers. This is transformational, since women are key drivers of economic growth.

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Feb
28
2017

ED Certificate a License to Give?

By Ted Hart

Due to the complex nature of making charitable donations to organizations outside of the U.S., it can be challenging for people and institutions to ensure that they’re adhering to all requisite laws imposed by the U.S. federal government in addition to local country regulations.

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