Giving Thoughts

Dec
18
2014

Giving Thoughts Series: Global Pro Bono on the Rise

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

The latest version of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “The State of Global Pro Bono,” is now available to download for free. Authored by Amanda MacArthur, Vice President, Global Pro Bono and Engagement at PYXERA Global (click here to read our recent Q&A with Amanda), the piece looks more closely at the growing practice of global pro bono, in particular analyzing how companies typically structure programs, recruit and prepare employees, and assess the effectiveness of assignments.

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Dec
16
2014

Data in the Driver’s Seat for More Effective Global Giving Strategies

By Carmen Perez, Manager, Measurement and Standards, CECP

What happens when your company merges with another firm, growing your international employee base from 20 percent to 50 percent overnight? What corporate societal investment programs can you launch to most effectively support your company’s growth plans into East Asia? These answers and more can be found in Giving Around the Globe, a report from CECP released on November 18 that provides trends and analysis to inform international corporate giving strategies and navigate differences across regions.

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Dec
08
2014

The Civic 50: It’s Not Just the Early Adopters Anymore

By Jenny Lawson, VP of Corporate Strategy, Points of Light

The dawn of the 21st century found most companies approaching corporate civic engagement on an ad-hoc basis with a “nice-to-do” attitude focused on charitable giving and traditional episodic volunteering. Today, corporate civic engagement is mainstream.

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Dec
02
2014

#GivingTuesday Encouraging Early-Stage Corporate Philanthropy

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

Whereas vast numbers of individuals and organizations will use Giving Tuesday to donate directly, for some companies it’s also about influencing others and making philanthropy easier and more ubiquitous in the corporate world. This is the goal of the Pledge 1% project, a new campaign that aims to promote early-stage philanthropy. The campaign was founded by the Salesforce Foundation, the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, and the Atlassian Foundation.

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Dec
02
2014

Home Depot: #GivingTuesday a Chance to Shine Spotlight on Partners

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving that will enter its third annual campaign on December 2, is not only an opportunity for individuals to give back, but also a chance for companies to generate buzz around certain campaigns. We’ve been speaking with some of those companies to find out their plans for 2014.

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Nov
25
2014

The Conference Board Releases Framing Social Impact Measurement

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

As part of The Conference Board’s series on key business issues, this week we have released Framing Social Impact Measurement, a compendium to help companies begin and expand their evaluation practices. A Strategic Overview of the report sheds light on how measuring true social impact—not simply counting donations and the number of people reached—can solidify your company’s brand, helping you expand into new markets, build a pipeline for future talent, and shore up employee engagement in an increasingly competitive labor market.

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Nov
21
2014

Approaching Social Impact Measurement

By Cori Cunningham, Program Director, The Conference Board

On Tuesday, November 25, The Conference Board will release Framing Social Impact Measurement, a key business issue report that will give companies an understanding of current thinking surrounding the practice. This is an area that has long been on The Conference Board’s research agenda, and in October this year we released Measuring the Impact of Corporate Social Investments, the report of a 14-company research working group that examined challenges related to impact measurement.

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Nov
12
2014

Q&A with Suzanne DiBianca: “Our Technology Is Our Greatest Driver of Impact”

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board, and Suzanne DiBianca, President and Co-Founder, Salesforce Foundation

Earlier this year, the Salesforce Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the global customer relationship management (CRM) company, began offering its Salesforce1 Platform to nonprofit partners as part of a giving model that leverages 1 percent of the company’s product, equity and time to improve communities around the world. Salesforce calls it the 1-1-1 philanthropy model. The technology helps nonprofits develop new solutions built on the Salesforce1 Platform to transform the way nonprofits manage programs, engagement, communications and fundraising.

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Nov
06
2014

International Charitable Giving: The Benefits of Intermediary Organizations

By Juliana Deans, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

In my post last week, I detailed considerations that corporate grantmakers seeking to donate internationally need to be aware of. This week, I focus on working with intermediary organizations, which can help to reduce the burden of international giving.

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