Giving Thoughts

May
20
2015

Contributions Council II Round-Up: Innovative Grantmaking

By Tony Tapia, Program Director, Contributions Council II, and Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

The spring meeting of The Conference Board Contributions Council II, a peer networking group of corporate philanthropy executives from some of the best-known and best-run companies in the United States and around the world, took place over a day and a half in mid-April in San Francisco, CA. The theme of the meeting, “Innovative Grantmaking,” brought speakers from futurists, social media companies and social entrepreneurs and helped members gain a better understanding of venture philanthropy. Here, we summarize some of the content that resonated with members.

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May
20
2015

Are Donations in Other Countries Tax-Deductible?

By Ann Canela, Vice President, Partner Solutions, Global Impact

Although tax deductions for charitable contributions are permitted for both individuals and corporations in most countries, there are some in which this benefit does not exist. Most countries require charitable contributions to be made to local entities, but often, funds may be used by local charities for global philanthropy projects. These findings come from a new study from Global Impact that sought to identify the registration, fiduciary, and legal requirements and availability of tax deductions for charitable contributions in more than 40 countries, entitled “Donations in Other Countries—Are They Tax-Deductible?

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May
20
2015

Giving Thoughts Series: Flagship Programs—Focusing Corporate Social Investments for Impact

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “Flagship Programs: Focusing Corporate Social Investments for Impact,” is now available to download for free. Authored by Esther Toth, Senior Consultant, and Nick Jackson, Senior Researcher, Corporate Citizenship, this piece takes a closer look at why companies are trending towards flagship community programs to help community investments go further in terms of impact.

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May
14
2015

Impact Moment: Ford Motor Company Fund Creates Process Efficiencies to Manage International Grants

By Cori Cunningham, Program Director, The Conference Board

Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) is the philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company and directs its funding into four priority areas: sustainability, community needs, education, and driving safety. To facilitate the management and measurement of its international grants, Ford Fund has partnered with a third-party vendor—Global Giving—to supplement its internal resources.

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May
12
2015

Project 8 Seeks to Anticipate the Needs of 8 Billion People and Beyond

By Nic Covey, Executive Director, Project 8

Preparing for our civilization’s future is more challenging than ever given accelerating demands on the planet’s resources. Consider that between now and 2030 we expect that worldwide population will increase from 7 billion to over 8 billion people, life expectancies will continue to rise, over 500 million people will move into cities and over 1.5 billion people will join the middle class. What will it take to sustain a global population of 8 billion people?

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May
07
2015

Impact Moment: Procter & Gamble’s Customized Data Collection Solution

By Cori Cunningham, Program Director, The Conference Board

Data has been discussed at length recently through various Giving Thoughts blogs and articles, including in the recent series publication by Daniel Shapiro and Scott Cody of Mathematica Policy Research entitled “Data Quality to Further Philanthropy’s Mission.” It’s always interesting to hear from companies about how they’re putting the theory into action, and we had the advantage of doing that during last year’s research working group on “Measuring the Impact of Corporate Social Investments.” Here, I present a case study from member group Procter & Gamble (P&G).

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May
05
2015

Creativity and Impact: Can the Arts and Corporate Philanthropy Coexist?

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

Some people are numbers focused, others are creatives. In business, it is often the metrics and the people behind them that pull the strings and the corporate philanthropy field is following the same path. Social impact is increasingly measured by data and used by corporate funders as the basis for grant-making decisions. This trend has not necessarily been kind to the arts sector, as corporate giving budgets have reshuffled to target organizations and initiatives that can quantify their impact.

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Apr
30
2015

Impact Moment: How Strategy Impacts Measurement Approaches in the Utility Sector

By Cori Cunningham, Program Director, The Conference Board

Operating in a regulated sector, utilities companies face unique challenges with regard to their giving strategy and measurement methodology. Duke Energy, Entergy, and PSE&G shared their perspectives on this during The Conference Board’s research working group, Measuring the Impact of Corporate Social Investments. You can download the full report from these sessions here.

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Apr
28
2015

Social Innovation in Business

By Phil Mirvis, Research Fellow, Global Network on Corporate Citizenship, and Bradley Googins, Senior Fellow, E4Impact Africa

Try doing a quick word association with corporate social responsibility (CSR).  What comes immediately to mind?  Philanthropy, volunteering, accountability, reporting, sustainability, and maybe the triple bottom line—these are the usual suspects.  Shared value?  The term is new but in practice it is a repackaging of “win-win” business models. If you’re looking for something more up-to-date, try googling the term “social innovation” under the “news” button. The results are interesting.

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Apr
23
2015

Impact Moment: Walmart Foundation Identifies Outcomes for a Signature Giving Area

By Cori Cunningham, Program Director, The Conference Board

During the past few years, the Walmart Foundation has immersed itself in the issues surrounding hunger relief and nutrition to develop both a funding strategy and measurement methodology for creating long-term impact. In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made a $2 billion commitment to hunger relief and nutrition and funded a broad variety of programs. Measurement during this initial phase focused primarily on outputs, such as pounds of food donated and amount of funding granted to an organization.

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