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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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Feb
21
2017

“Flash Philanthropy” Exposes Diverse Nonprofits to Wells Fargo Employees

By Alex Parkinson

The question of how to better engage employees in community efforts is something I hear often from members. So, it’s always a pleasure to come across new techniques that do just that. I recently spoke with Kristi Thomas, community affairs officer, Greater Charlotte Area, Wells Fargo, about the company’s annual “Flash Philanthropy” event, which gives employees the chance to hear pitches from local nonprofits and vote on their favorite during Wells Fargo’s employee giving campaign.

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Feb
14
2017

Companies & Cities: Partners in Civic Renewal

By Myung J. Lee and Peter Levine

Communities suffer when wide gaps exist between government and civil society—and between government officials and citizens (the term “citizen” is used here to define a person who is an inhabitant of a city without regard to his/her legal status). By engaging citizen volunteers as partners in defining and solving local problems—while also engaging local businesses—community leaders can narrow those gaps and advance the cause of civic renewal.

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Feb
10
2017

Surges in Volunteering in Times of Distress: How Companies Can Address the Interests of Employees

By Alice Korngold

Volunteer matching organizations and nonprofits report a surge in volunteering since the November election. New York Cares indicates that they haven’t seen the level of interest since 9/11 and Super Storm Sandy. Nonprofit donations are also at peak levels. In one weekend following the controversial executive order halting the entry of people from seven Muslim countries, the American Civil Liberties Union received $24 million in online donations, more than six times the organization’s entire annual budget. Companies can foster goodwill among their employees and communities by helping employees find organizations that address the most pressing issues, locally and internationally.

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Feb
07
2017

Is There Business Value in the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

By Terry F. Yosie

Leading global companies are looking for synergies between their goal setting and reporting, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework.  What have they learned?  What work remains to be done?

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Jan
31
2017

Leveraging #GivingTuesday for Sustainable Year-Round Giving

By Mari Kuraishi and Kevin Conroy

The unofficial holiday known as #GivingTuesday—a one-day campaign for charitable giving celebrated after Black Friday and Cyber Monday—is now officially one of the biggest giving days of the year, and it’s only been around since 2012.

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Jan
27
2017

Giving in Numbers 2017 Survey Now Open

By Alex Parkinson

We are pleased to announce that the Giving in Numbers 2017 survey, conducted by CECP in association with The Conference Board, is now open.  The annual survey is the industry-leading tool for corporate societal engagement professionals. The survey closes on March 31, 2017. To get started, please contact Alex Parkinson at Alex.Parkinson@conferenceboard.org.

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