Giving Thoughts

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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Jun
30
2015

Supporting Your Own: A Look Inside McKesson’s Employee Relief Program

By Laura Meyer Wellman, President and Chief Executive Officer, E4E Relief

In my most recent post, I described how a growing number of companies are working to support their employees in times of disaster or unexpected hardship. This week, let’s take a deeper dive into McKesson’s employee relief program.

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Jun
25
2015

Communicating Social Impact Stresses the Need to Publicize CSR Programs

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

At a time when so many organizations are demonstrating a commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), simply operating with a sense of purpose is no longer enough. If CSR is really going to make an impact on the business, as well as on society, a company’s social policies and impacts must be effectively communicated. This is the premise of Communicating Social Impact, a new report authored by Vicki Wray that presents the findings of a 12-company research working group convened by The Conference Board.

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Jun
24
2015

Proposed NGO Regulations in China and India

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

International grants, domestic funding and impact investments are vital for the strengthening of civil society. Yet, an increasing number of countries are drafting legislation that imposes greater scrutiny on non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This update focuses on two of those countries, China, and India.

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Jun
18
2015

Impact Moment: Verizon Foundation Builds Grantee Capacity and Data Collection through a Coordinating Partner

By Cori Cunningham, Program Director, The Conference Board

Verizon Foundation has built a successful partnership with the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) to help with the development and execution of its teacher training program, the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS). Through VILS, Verizon partners with schools to provide comprehensive, ongoing teacher training on effectively integrating mobile technology into classroom instruction to increase student interest and performance in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

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