Giving Thoughts

Aug
16
2016

Q&A with Bob Jones: Old National Bank Foundation Strengthens Board with Nonprofit Representation

By Bob Jones, Chairman and CEO, Old National Bancorp and Alice Korngold, Co-Editor, Giving Thoughts, and author of A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems…Where Governments Cannot

Old National Bank launched its foundation a decade ago with the goal of strengthening communities and positively impacting lives throughout its footprint. Ten years, $10 million and more than 1,500 partnerships later, the Old National Bank Foundation continues to help nonprofits improve communities where its associates and customers live and work: in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan.

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Aug
10
2016

Participate in the National Survey of Business Support for the Arts

By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher, Corporate Philanthropy, The Conference Board, and Emily Peck, Vice President for Private Sector Initiatives, Americans for the Arts

The 2016 National Survey of Business Support for the Arts is now open for submissions. The survey is open to companies of all sizes who participate in corporate philanthropy, employee engagement, volunteer programs, or sponsorship.

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Aug
02
2016

Inspiring the Electorate Through Volunteer and Board Service

By Alice Korngold, Co-Editor, Giving Thoughts Blog, and Author, A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit By Solving Global Problems… Where Governments Cannot

Building successful communities with high employment, quality education and healthcare for all, and vibrant social services and cultural offerings are in the best interest of society and business. This coming November, we have an opportunity and obligation to choose our leaders through the electoral process. Through volunteer service, voters can become better informed about vital community, national, and global issues and motivated to go to the polls. Employers can foster good citizenship and the democratic process by supporting volunteerism.

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Jul
21
2016

What Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Leadership from the CEO Looks Like

By Thomas Singer, Principal Researcher, The Conference Board

Continuing our series of posts from last month’s release of The Seven Pillars of Sustainability Leadership, today we consider what leadership on corporate social responsibility and sustainability from the CEO looks like.

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Jul
14
2016

A Corporate Giving Challenge: Check Your Assumptions, Change Your Approach, Increase Your Odds of Success

By Aggie Sweeney, Chair, Giving USA Foundation

The June 14 release of Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015, brought encouraging news: at an estimated $373.25 billion, charitable donations hit a record for the second year in a row. That amounts to more than $1 billion a day contributed to charitable causes by America’s individuals, corporations and foundations. The impact corporate giving had on that total is explored in this guest post. Readers might be surprised to learn some long-held assumptions aren’t backed up by the report’s data.

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Jul
07
2016

Senior Leadership Engages with Employees on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

By Thomas Singer, Principal Researcher, The Conference Board

Last month, The Conference Board released The Seven Pillars of Sustainability Leadership, a key business issue report that looks at how business leaders prepare and steer their organizations for leadership in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. One way is by connecting senior leaders with employees on these issues.

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Jun
29
2016

Brexit: A Cautionary Tale for Nonprofit Boards

By Alice Korngold, Co-Editor, Giving Thoughts Blog, and Author, A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit By Solving Global Problems… Where Governments Cannot

Three-quarters of the UK’s FTSE 250 companies had not discussed contingency planning for a possible Brexit with the chairman of the board or the chairman of the audit committee. The failure of corporate boards and management to engage on a matter of such significance presents a cautionary tale for nonprofit boards on at least three levels: risk management; board process and agendas; and board composition. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun
23
2016

The Board’s Responsibility to Determine its Role

By Alice Korngold, Co-Editor, Giving Thoughts Blog, and Author, A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit By Solving Global Problems… Where Governments Cannot

This is the first in a series of posts about building highly effective nonprofit boards.

It is essential that each nonprofit board clearly determines what it seeks to achieve in advancing the organization and its role as a board in maximizing the organization’s success. Nonprofit board members want to be useful in helping the organizations they serve. Often, however, it’s unclear precisely what role they should perform in order to add value. As a result, board members tend to default to management activities because that’s familiar. Yet, having board members in management roles is counter-productive for nonprofits that employ a management staff. Each nonprofit board must conduct a process to determine its precise role in taking the organization forward.

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Jun
14
2016

Advancing the Well-Being of Apparel Workers

By Michael Kobori, VP of Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.

At Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.), the safety and well-being of apparel workers has always been a critical part of our business. More than 20 years ago, LS&Co. established itself as the industry standard bearer for responsible supply chain practices with the introduction of its Terms of Engagement—a comprehensive workplace code of conduct for our manufacturing suppliers that outlines requirements by which all of the factories we work with must abide. But we knew we had to go beyond compliance to invest in programs that focused on improving the lives of the workers who make our products—both inside and beyond the factory walls. We knew we could, and should, do more.

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Jun
09
2016

Collaborate or Compete? When it Comes to Corporate Responsibility, How about Both

By Tim Mohin, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Advanced Micro Devices

We would all like to think that companies collaborate on social responsibility—after all, combining the resources of corporations can increase the impact they can have on social issues. And for the most part, they do. But, let’s not sugarcoat this, companies use their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts as a source of competitive advantage. And, as CSR rises in importance, the competition over being responsible is heating up.

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