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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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Jan
03
2017

How Corporate Foundations Are Innovating for Social Impact

By Cathy Moscardini

In times of tumultuous change with so many political uncertainties and big global challenges, companies are questioning what role they want to play in their local and global communities. Some corporations answer this question by setting up a corporate foundation. Our new research suggests that some foundations are fast-becoming the leaders in social innovation. We call them the “Game Changers.”

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Dec
27
2016

Strengthening Nonprofit Boards by Engaging All Members

By Alice Korngold

“I want to serve on a board where I can add value.” That is the foremost aspiration of the hundreds of business people that I’ve trained and placed on nonprofit boards. Board candidates seek a mission that is personally compelling. Yet most people have numerous interests and are open to a journey to explore a variety of organizations. Success for the candidate is finding a board where they are passionate about the mission and come to an understanding with the organization’s leadership about how they can be useful.

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Dec
19
2016

Employees Send Hope in Times of Disaster and Tragedy

By Jeff Hoffman

When disaster strikes—particularly close to home—often the first people we hear from are our employees wanting to know what they can do to help as they seek the shared experience of grieving. Often, it is a challenge to provide the right tools and resources in the workplace. “Stars of HOPE” is one solution. The program provides an outlet for people—including employees—to provide support through the painting of inspirational words, messages, and designs on one-foot wooden stars for the victims. This helps to heal the deep emotional wounds of survivors while strengthening communities around the world recovering from tragedy through art, compassion, and connectivity.

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Dec
13
2016

Preparing for New Requirements Under the Chinese Law on the Activities of Foreign NGOs

By Anita Whitehead

In April 2016, the government of the People’s Republic of China passed new legislation that will regulate the activities of foreign NGOs operating in the country. The Chinese Ministry of Public Security held a briefing meeting with the embassies of several countries in Shanghai on November 9 to introduce the law and to explain the new requirements for NGOs. Below we provide a summary of the key highlights and deadlines covered in that meeting.

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Dec
07
2016

How Business People Can Help Nonprofit Boards Meet Pressing Challenges

By Alice Korngold

Our families and communities, in the U.S. and worldwide, depend on vital services provided by nonprofit institutions: education, healthcare, youth development, affordable housing, employment, environmental protection, and human rights, just to name a few. Yet these very organizations face increasingly challenging financial threats. Fortunately, companies are recognizing the value of supporting their employees who seek to serve on nonprofit boards of directors. Through effective service, business people can help boards to find solutions to strategic and financial challenges, while developing themselves as leaders. By supporting their employees who serve, companies will also benefit by improving communities where their employees live and work.

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