Giving Thoughts

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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Oct
15
2014

Q&A with Anastasia Dellaccio: #GivingTuesday Grows with Corporate Support

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board, and Anastasia Dellaccio, Special Initiatives, Outreach and Communications, United Nations Foundation

Giving Tuesday, an annual global day dedicated to charitable giving, celebrates its third year on December 2, 2014. In that time, the campaign has garnered the support of some 350 corporate partners, which celebrate through a range of activities such as employee matching-gift programs, corporate volunteer days and social media grant-making campaigns, among many others. In the lead up to the December 2 event, we will be looking more closely at some of these plans.

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Oct
09
2014

New Research Working Group Report Addresses Social Impact Measurement

By Cori Cunningham, Program Director, The Conference Board

The Conference Board this month published Measuring the Impact of Corporate Social Investments, the report of a 14-company research working group that examined challenges related to impact measurement. Authored by Cori Cunningham, the complete report is available free, and can be downloaded here.

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Oct
02
2014

Nonprofit Skills for a Complex World

By Gina Anderson, Philanthropy Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales, and Advisory Board Member, The Conference Board Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy

Look at your smart phone, your tablet. Hold it in your hand. This is the most powerful tool we have to provide affordable basic healthcare to the bottom 5 billion people in the world, to alleviate global poverty, to help people in crises or disasters. It is also causing profound changes to the way our societies operate, not least by bringing more stakeholders to the decision-making table. Business leaders could learn from nonprofit CEOs how to build consensus in this complex world.

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Sep
30
2014

Insights from the International Association of Volunteer Effort Conference

By Jeff Hoffman, President, Jeff Hoffman and Associates, and Program Director, The Conference Board Global Social Investing Council

IAVE, the International Association of Volunteer Effort, held its 23rd World Conference this month on the Gold Coast of Australia. Reflections on how volunteers were central to much of the work of the Millennium Development Goals, and how voluntary organizations are preparing to be an integral part of all global, national and local plans supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, were threads that ran throughout the conference. I was fortunate to be able to present to this conference, as well as at a side meeting of the Global Corporate Volunteer Council (GCVC).

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Sep
26
2014

China Center Researchers to Present at China Philanthropy Summit

By Anke Schrader, Researcher, The Conference Board China Center

For the past year, I have been involved in a research project led by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy that has been looking closely at philanthropy in China. On October 31 and November 1, I’ll be presenting initial findings from our work at the China Philanthropy Summit in Indianapolis, IN. The conference is the part of a three-year “Initiative on Philanthropy in China” project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and jointly carried out by the Indiana University Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB) and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (see more about the initiative here).

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Sep
24
2014

Giving in Numbers Webcast: New Trends in Corporate Giving

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition, the leading annual benchmark of corporate giving published by CECP in association with The Conference Board, will be released in October. Join members from CECP and me for an exclusive webcast on Wednesday, November 5 at 3:00pm (EST) as we discuss this year’s findings. The webcast is complimentary.

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Sep
17
2014

We Don’t Really Know What CSR Means to Millennials

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

We recently published a piece about impending labor shortages and how companies will need to use corporate social responsibility (CSR) to attract and retain top talent. If you aren’t already convinced of the argument, “How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America,” an article in the Governance Studies journal from the Brookings Institution, might persuade you. But more important than reiterating the argument is understanding the issue in more detail.

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