Giving Thoughts

Aug
04
2015

Q&A with George Khalaf: In the Middle East, Social Entrepreneurs Fill Voids Left by Public Sector

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board, and George Khalaf, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa, The Synergos Institute

Social enterprises are becoming a popular driver of social impact. This is true in the developed world, where organizations such as Lava Mae and Feeding Forward—both of which presented to The Conference Board Contributions Council II in San Francisco earlier this year—are creating exciting new models of service delivery. But more significantly, it’s also true in the developing world, where these organizations can deliver both social impact, as well as much-needed economic stimulation.

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Jul
31
2015

The Corporate Giving Puzzlement

By W. Keith Curtis, Chair, Giving USA Foundation

Giving USA 2015: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2014 was released on June 16, and the 60th consecutive edition of this seminal report contains good news for anyone interested in the nonprofit world. For one thing, America’s individuals, corporations and foundations donated a record $358.38 billion to charity last year, the most ever, whether measured by inflation-adjusted or current dollars. So what happened with corporate giving in 2014? This post provides more perspective.

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Jul
28
2015

Medtronic: Using Gamification as a Campaign Focal Point

By Vicki Wray, Author, Communicating Social Impact

Good citizenship was—and still is—important to the founder of Medtronic, and it is ingrained in the company’s mission statement. While the company had long been focused on doing good, it realized it could do more, especially when it came to promoting the philanthropic work of its partners. The company paused to refocus its strategy around access to health care and created an integral role for communications in driving that strategy.

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Jul
21
2015

Ten Lessons on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

By John Heller, Senior Director, The Synergos Institute

“Partnership” is among the most over-used and least well-defined words in the English language. To get anything done these days, we are all supposed to be working in partnership. What does it all mean and what’s the use of all this partnering? And if we are going to be working in partnership, how can we ensure that partnerships are an efficient tool? This post presents lessons about multi-stakeholder partnerships drawn from the work of the Synergos Institute, a global non-profit organization working to reduce poverty and advance social justice.

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Jul
16
2015

The Hershey Company: Building a Platform to Communicate the Pairing of CSR and Business Processes

By Vicki Wray, Author, Communicating Social Impact

In 2014, The Hershey Company, on the heels of important strategic realignments, recognized it was the right time to restructure its corporate social responsibility model. Known for deep social commitments dating to its founder, Milton S. Hershey, and, more recently, growing leadership in areas of sustainable operations, such as ethical sourcing practices, the company has been working to better integrate its CSR and business processes. It also needed a means to communicate more clearly why their pairing matters to the company and its stakeholders.

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Jul
14
2015

Contributions Council I Meeting Highlights Power of Collaboration for Social Impact

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, were the host cities of the June meeting of The Conference Board Contributions Council I. Attendees heard speakers discuss local issues that companies based in the Twin Cities are working on with their nonprofit partners and local government departments, as well as how collaboration among those companies can create amplified impact.

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Jul
10
2015

Highlights from the Global Social Investing Council: Mexico

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

Last week, I reported on some of the discussions regarding investment opportunities in Africa from the Global Social Investing Council’s May meeting. The meeting also hosted a session addressing corporate philanthropy in Mexico. In this post, I summarize some of the main issues that were discussed.

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Jul
09
2015

General Mills: From a “House of Brands” to a “Branded House”

By Vicki Wray, Author, Communicating Social Impact

Since 1954, The General Mills Foundation has fueled more than half a billion dollars in support to nonprofit organizations in global communities, with much of it through brand philanthropy and corporate contributions. Yet when it came to communications, until recently, the company had been acting as a “house of brands” rather than a “branded house”—with each brand delivering its own CSR messaging rather than a holistic approach to the company’s social impact story.

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