Giving Thoughts

Mar
17
2015

Moving to Mobile: How Nielsen and WFP Are Revolutionizing Hunger Relief

By Crystal Barnes, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Nielsen

For humanitarian and nonprofit organizations around the world, knowing which families and communities lack access to enough nutritious food throughout the year is no easy task—particularly in remote or dangerous areas, such as those currently under threat from Ebola in West Africa. But understanding the nature of food insecurity—the state of lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food—is essential to the everyday work of global organizations like the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency focused on hunger relief in the developing world.

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Mar
12
2015

Impact Measurement: Fad or Fact of Life?

By Dr. James Magowan, Coordinating Director, Donors and Foundations Network in Europe

Impact measurement has been a hardy perennial on the agenda of philanthropic conferences and events for a while. Recently, more attention has been focused on the role associations play in supporting foundation impact practice and how they think about their own impact as infrastructure organizations. Thus, it was no surprise that a session was devoted to this topic at the meeting of the Donors and Foundations Network in Europe (DAFNE) in Warsaw in January.

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Mar
10
2015

Q&A with Ilir Zherka: Building a Culture of National Service

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board, and Ilir Zherka, Executive Director, National Conference on Citizenship

Evidence is mounting to show young people want to donate their time to communities through service. For example, according to the 2014 Millennial Impact Report, “Millennials are building a culture that knows how it feels to contribute to a cause and attempt to solve social issues.”

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Mar
05
2015

Giving Thoughts Series: Best Practices in Corporate Community Engagement

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

The latest version of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “The Civic 50: Best Practices in Corporate Community Engagement,” is now available to download for free. Authored by Yvonne Siu Turner, Senior Manager, Corporate Resources and Programs at Points of Light, the piece uses case studies to look at the practices that earn companies a spot on The Civic 50.

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Mar
03
2015

Updated Understanding of the India Companies Act

By Anita Whitehead, Managing Director, KPMG LLP

On April 1, 2014, the India Companies Act went into effect, including requirements for corporate social responsibility (CSR) contributions in the country. For a while, several questions regarding what constituted a CSR activity remained, but clarifications have been released. Here, we consider developments since the initiation of the act and look at how some of India’s biggest companies are fulfilling their obligations.

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Feb
27
2015

American Companies Reticent to Disclose Charitable Contributions Data

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

North American companies are least likely to disclose charitable contributions information, despite median contributions being higher than companies in any other region. This is one of many findings from The Conference Board’s Sustainability Practices Dashboard 2015, a comprehensive database and online benchmarking tool that captures the most recent disclosure of environmental and social practices by the S&P Global 1200 and segments them by market index, geography, sector, and revenue group.

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Feb
25
2015

Highlights from Day Two of the Business Community-Impact Symposium

By Jeff Hoffman, Program Director, The Conference Board Business-Community Impact Symposium and Global Social Investing Council

Last week, I shared highlights from day one of The Conference Board’s Business-Community Impact Symposium, held in New York City over a day and a half on 10-11 February. We simply learned too much to fit into one blog, so in this post I take a look at some of the key content that was presented during the second half of the conference.

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Feb
19
2015

Highlights from Day One of the Business-Community Impact Symposium

By Jeff Hoffman, Program Director, The Conference Board Business-Community Impact Symposium and Global Social Investing Council

When I was asked to lead The Conference Board’s Business-Community Impact Symposium, I was honored, but also aware that I wanted to do something different from the many other corporate social responsibility (CSR) and philanthropy conferences on offer. I wanted to create an intimate, collaborative space that fostered dialog between peers. So, over a day and a half in the surrounds of Celsius Bryant Park, an unusual all-glass structure in Bryant Park, New York City, we convened 36 impactful speakers for an agenda that took on different forms—TED-style talks, fast-paced panels and “Impact Moments,” during which we heard from leading examples of social impact creation. I’m happy to share some of the highlights from day one of the event here. Keep an eye out for more in future posts.

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Feb
10
2015

A Bad Product Name Doesn’t Bode Well for Impact

By Gary Wexler, Founder, Seize the Conversation Transformational Seminars, and Adjunct Lecturer in Nonprofit Marketing, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

From my years as an advertising copywriter and creative director, working on clients ranging from Apple to Coca-Cola, I know how important a brand name is when struggling for sales impact. “Nonprofit” is a brand name, a really bad one. The sector needs to be rebranded to help organizations pursuing a social endeavor deliver on their promises of impact.

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Feb
05
2015

Connect on Key Corporate Philanthropy Issues

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

On February 10-11, The Conference Board’s Business-Community Impact Symposium in New York City will bring together social impact executives to discover how leading companies are making measurable positive impacts. Then, on Thursday, February 12, companies interested in taking part in this year’s Giving in Numbers survey can tune into a live webcast with representatives from CECP and me to find out more about the survey and learn helpful tips for completing it.

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