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Giving Thoughts

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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Jan
24
2017

The New Business of Business: Innovating for a Better World

By Alex Parkinson

The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “The New Business of Business: Innovating for a Better World,” is now available to download for free. Authored by Philip Mirvis and Bradley Googins, this piece analyzes how companies are turning to corporate social innovation to solve business challenges.

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Jan
17
2017

Joining a Nonprofit Board: Finding the Right Fit

By Alice Korngold

In a recent post, I addressed the issue of how nonprofit boards can become more effective. This post focuses on the board candidate’s journey to find the right fit. Best practices suggest that you choose a nonprofit board based on the mission and your passion. Yet, most people have a variety of interests for which they can develop a passion. And most people could never imagine the vast variety of nonprofits, the people they serve, and the benefits they achieve. Ultimately, though, the determining factor for candidates in choosing a nonprofit board is where they “can be useful.” Therefore, the journey to find the right board is as important as the final choice.

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Jan
12
2017

Corporate Social Responsibility Trends in 2017

By Tim McClimon

For the past six years, I’ve been predicting what trends will impact Corporate Social Responsibility in the coming year. Sometimes, I’m right; sometimes I’m less right.

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Jan
10
2017

Six Insights the Sharing Economy Tells Us About the Future of Fundraising

By Rob Wu

The internet and 24/7 connectivity to the world around us have changed our relationships with people, businesses, and nonprofits in ways we couldn’t have imagined just a few years ago. Today, the ways in which we eat, drink, shop, and travel are shaped by companies like eBay, etsy, Airbnb, Craigslist, Uber, Lyft, and Yelp (to name just a few). In fact, it has now become normal for us to “outsource” tasks, sell, and share goods and services all within our own social circles.

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