Giving Thoughts

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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Sep
12
2014

Strategic Focus Should Advance Evaluation Practices

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

“Focus” appears to be the theme of the week in the philanthropy sector. On Wednesday, we republished a piece from Exponent Philanthropy, which showcased an example of the success one foundation had in targeting its funding on one particular cause. Also released this week was The Corporate Signature Program: A Custom Approach to Philanthropy, a report by Global Impact that examines the growing trend of companies to direct charitable contributions to “signature programs” that target a specific cause issue, or theme.

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Sep
10
2014

What’s Different with a Focus?

By Johanna Edens Anderson, Executive Director, The Belk Foundation

Five years ago, The Belk Foundation looked very different than it does today. When I was asked to come on as the foundation’s first full-time director, the objective from the board was clear: help us connect this 80-plus-year-old foundation more fully into the community, so that we may better understand the impact of our grantmaking.

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Sep
04
2014

What Do Impending Labor Shortages Mean for Corporate Philanthropy?

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

This week, The Conference Board released From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers, a new report that finds serious labor shortages in the world’s most advanced economies will create unprecedented challenges for business leaders and policymakers over the next 15 years and beyond. It’s interesting to consider how the findings from this new report could impact corporate philanthropy.

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Sep
03
2014

Part 2: Q&A with Alexandra van der Ploeg, SAP

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board, and Alexandra van der Ploeg, Global CSR Program Lead, SAP

Last month, we posted Part 1 of a Q&A with Alexandra van der Ploeg from SAP, looking at the company’s approach to pro-bono. In Part 2 of the piece, Alexandra discusses some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into developing SAP’s Social Sabbatical program.

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Aug
28
2014

Director Notes: Corporate Social Responsibility in India

By Melissa Aguilar, Researcher, The Conference Board

In a July Giving Thoughts post, KPMG’s Anita Whitehead highlighted some of the finer details of the revisions to the India Companies Act and what they mean for corporate social responsibility (CSR) in India. There is little coverage of the benefits and drawbacks of mandatory CSR requirements such as those introduced in India. But the latest edition of Giving Thoughts’ sister publication, Director Notes, attempts to change that. The publication is available as a free PDF download.

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Aug
26
2014

Q&A with David Callahan: Speak Truth to Money

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board, and David Callahan, Founder and Editor, Inside Philanthropy

The donor-recipient power dynamic is often one sided, with rich organizations wielding the influence over their nonprofit partners. In one of my first posts on Giving Thoughts late last year, I posed the question of whether nonprofits ever have “reverse influence” over their corporate donors: could a nonprofit decline funding until its backer upped its game in a certain area? It might be a stretch to think that a nonprofit would ever have enough clout to turn its back on funding, but it’s also wrong to suggest that nonprofits should always have to pander to donors. Wouldn’t the donor-grantee relationship be more effective if scrutiny were a two-way street? Enter Inside Philanthropy, a new website that allows grantees to anonymously rate and review their funders.

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