Giving Thoughts

Sep
21
2016

Q&A with Jean Case: How Inclusive Entrepreneurship is Good for Business and Good for the World

By Alice Korngold, Co-Editor, Giving Thoughts, and author, A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems…Where Governments Cannot, and Jean Case, CEO, the Case Foundation

Created in 1997 by digital pioneers Jean and Steve Case, the Case Foundation invests in people and ideas that can change the world. The Foundation is particularly focused on promoting entrepreneurship as a means to tackle global challenges, transform communities, create jobs, spur economic growth and close the opportunity gap. In this Q&A, Jean Case discusses the Foundation’s deep commitment to inclusive entrepreneurship as a way to level the playing field for all entrepreneurs, particularly women and people of color.

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Sep
14
2016

Are Civil Society Organizations at Risk?

By Anita Whitehead, Managing Director, and Tim Stiles, Partner, KPMG LLP

Restrictions on civil society and foundations have become increasingly widespread. In the last year alone, civil society organizations (CSOs) in over 100 countries experienced serious threats to one or more civic freedoms. A variety of complex factors have driven this trend, impacting how CSOs operate in longstanding democracies and autocracies alike.

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Sep
09
2016

Choosing Your Nonprofit Partner: Mitigating Risk, Leveraging the Opportunity

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

Company executives who are responsible for CSR, foundations, and branding, must often choose among various nonprofits to serve as partners. In some cases, they will even be recommending a role for the company CEO to play in the corporate-nonprofit relationship, potentially as an honoree or board member. Identifying the right partner is essential for the company to mitigate risk and optimize the opportunity to meet the goals of the business and the nonprofit, and to achieve some greater good for the community.

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Sep
01
2016

The Corporate Response to the Orlando Shooting

By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher, Corporate Philanthropy, The Conference Board

Companies are being called on regularly by employees, customers and other stakeholders to provide relief support for communities affected by recent tragedies. It’s not always clear what the best way to contribute to relief efforts is, so benchmarking among peers is important. In a July survey of members of The Conference Board Contributions Councils I and II, and the Global Social Investing Council, we asked whether members would support the Orlando community following the June 12 shooting at Pulse nightclub, and what form that support would take. A summary of the findings from 24 respondents is discussed in this post.

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Aug
25
2016

Facing Race in America: The Role of Corporate Philanthropy

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

Given the extreme distress facing our communities due to racial injustice, and calls for “truth and reconciliation” to address our nation’s history of slavery and its legacy, companies and their foundations face this question: Are these matters for corporate philanthropy?

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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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