Giving Thoughts

Jan
29
2015

Who Needs CSR Anyway?

By Tim McClimon, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express, and President of the American Express Foundation

I have written about Michael Porter’s concept of Shared Value Creation (companies creating profitable products and services with a social purpose) in this blog a number of times – most recently when I predicted the growing acceptance of the idea as a part of a company’s social responsibility portfolio in the posting, “CSR Trends to Watch in 2013” [January 14, 2013]. Although I’ve written and spoken about my belief that achieving real shared value is impractical for many companies and exceedingly difficult for others, the trend is definitely toward more acceptance of this idea in executive suites around the world.

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Jan
26
2015

Q&A with Lucy Bernholz: “Digital Data Are the Most Abundant Asset Most Corporations Have”

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board, and Lucy Bernholz, Research Fellow, Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Each year, Lucy Bernholz, a philanthropy blogger and visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, publishes an influential industry forecast that articulates the big ideas that will matter for the next 12 months. This year’s publication, Blueprint: 2015, which was released late last year, continues Lucy’s recent focus on the social economy and digital civil society.

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Jan
22
2015

Sunsetting Group Gives Lessons to Future Volunteers

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

Reimagining Service, a group of service and volunteering leaders backed by Bank of America, Deloitte and Gap, Inc., was established in 2009 as a time-bound campaign to increase social impact through effective volunteer engagement across all sectors. This month, the group concluded that the original purpose of Reimagining Service had been achieved, and that it will therefore sunset its work. Over the past five years, Reimagining Service has sought to “convert good intentions into greater impact” and has inspired new research and practices as well as several initiatives that have changed the way organizations from all sectors are engaging volunteers, including the Civic 50 and the Nonprofit Service Enterprise Initiative.

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Jan
15
2015

Giving in Numbers 2015 Survey Open

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

The data, insights and knowledge collected by the Giving in Numbers survey and disseminated annually through the Giving in Numbers report are unrivaled. Conducted by CECP, in association with The Conference Board, the benchmark’s importance to the sector is widely acknowledged by members of both organizations and other corporations that use the information to create and refine their giving strategies. The 2015 survey is now open for submissions. If your company has more than $2 billion in revenue, we would be delighted for you to be a part of this ongoing research.

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Jan
08
2015

Sustainable Development Goals through the Lens of Corporate Philanthropy

By Jeff Hoffman, Program Director, Global Social Investing Council, and Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

In a previous Giving Thoughts post, Jennifer Kim Field from the United Nations (UN) Foundation outlined the role that the private sector could play in implementing the post-2015 development agenda. Jennifer was a speaker at the November, 2014, meeting of the Global Social Investing Council, the theme of which was “Sustainable Development Goals through the Lens of Corporate Philanthropy.” A significant portion of business’s global work will be touched in some way by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and this meeting attempted to give members a better understanding of the goals and the UN more generally.

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Jan
06
2015

The Role of the Private Sector in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

By Jennifer Kim Field, Vice President, Global Partnerships, UN Foundation

This year will mark the milestone conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)—a global framework for development since 2000 that has improved the lives of millions. From cutting global poverty in half to more children in school than ever before, the MDGs showed us how rallying around a common set of goals can make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities across the world.

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Dec
23
2014

Giving Thoughts’ Top Five from 2014

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

It’s been a year since we launched Giving Thoughts, our complimentary blog and online publication series. Throughout 2014, a range of contributors have tackled some pressing philanthropy topics, and this week—before we sign off for 2014—we revisit some of our most popular posts.

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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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2015 Giving in Numbers Survey

Take part in the 2015 Giving in Numbers survey, conducted by CECP in association with The Conference Board. Giving in Numbers is the leading benchmark on corporate philanthropy. Each year, around 250 companies participate in our research. If your company has more than $2 billion in revenue, please help us grow our survey by participating this year.

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