Giving Thoughts

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.

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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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Oct
30
2014

Upcoming Philanthropy Webcasts Address China and New Trends in Corporate Giving

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

Two upcoming webcasts from The Conference Board will focus on findings from Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition, and the state of the philanthropy sector in China. Join representatives from CECP and me on Wednesday, November 5, for the complimentary webcast “New Trends in Corporate Giving.” Then on Thursday, November 6, I will share the panel with The Conference Board China Center experts Anke Schrader and Ethan Cramer-Flood for “Sharing Lessons to Advance Corporate Philanthropy in China,” which is an exclusive webcast for members of The Conference Board.

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Oct
28
2014

International Charitable Giving: Do You Know the Rules?

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

International giving is important for today’s global corporate citizen. Supporting employee interests, helping communities in need and helping to tackle global challenges are all important reasons for why corporations undertake the complexities of international giving. However, it is critical to understand the potential risks and technical expertise needed to remain compliant with relevant laws and regulations before an international donation is made. In this two-part blog series, we look more closely at these issues.

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Oct
23
2014

Q&A with Ellie Buteau: Foundations and Nonprofits Disconnected on Key Issues

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board, and Ellie Buteau, Vice President of Research, Center for Effective Philanthropy

“In order for nonprofits and foundations to work most effectively together, they must understand each other’s perspectives.” This is a key point that opens a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, entitled Transparency, Performance Assessment, and Awareness of Nonprofits’ Challenges: Are Foundations and Nonprofits Seeing Eye to Eye? The problem is these two groups misunderstand each other on some crucial issues.

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Oct
21
2014

CECP and The Conference Board Release Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

CECP, in association with The Conference Board, this week released Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition, the leading annual analysis of corporate giving and employee engagement. A record 261 companies took part in this year’s Giving in Numbers survey, which found that giving increased for 64 percent of companies between 2010 and 2013. The report is available to download for free.

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Oct
17
2014

Does Corporate Philanthropy Add Value to Your Company?

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “Corporate Philanthropy and Company Value,” is now available to download for free. In this edition, we break from our series on social impact measurement and look at whether corporate philanthropy actually improves company value. Authors Ronald W. Masulis and Syed Walid Reza conducted several  analyses to test the popular belief that corporate philanthropy is good for business. The results might surprise you.

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