Giving Thoughts

Jun
06
2014

Webcast: What Social Impact Bonds Mean for Corporate Philanthropy

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

In anticipation of a new report from The Conference Board on social impact bonds, which will be published this summer, I will be hosting a webcast on Wednesday, June 11, featuring three experts in the field. The webcast is free to members of The Conference Board. Click here to register, or to find out more information.

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Jun
03
2014

Q&A with Alice Korngold: Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships Will Help Solve World’s Toughest Problems

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board, and Alice Korngold, Author, A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems…Where Governments Cannot

In her latest book, A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems…Where Governments Cannot, Alice Korngold shows companies and their executives how to profit from developing solutions to the world’s most daunting challenges—those that governments cannot and have not addressed.

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May
28
2014

If You Can’t Trust The Data, Measurement Is Meaningless

By Daniel Shapiro, Director of Data Analytics and Management, and Scott Cody, Vice President of Human Services Research, Mathematica Policy Research

In its quest to use private dollars for the public interest, the philanthropic sector struggles to find the best ways to measure progress and promote accountability. There are many interesting articles and blog entries, including Gary Wexler’s recent post on this blog, “Could the Incessant Demand for Data Kill Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector?”, Matteo Tonello and Alex Parkinson’s response, “The Incessant Demand for Data Is No Bad Thing,” and Wendy Ramage Hawkins’s piece, “Helping Nonprofits Use Data Effectively Is Fundamental To Our Support of Partners.” Rather than jump into the unfinished debate of what should and shouldn’t be measured in philanthropy, we want to focus on a critical component of measurement that’s too often absent from these discussions: the quality of the data being used.

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May
22
2014

Insight Minute: Social Impact Bonds

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

In the May edition of The Conference Board Insight Minute, I provide a quick overview of social impact bonds, and what to expect from my forthcoming report. Click on the video below to find out more.

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May
20
2014

Corporate Giving and Revenues Rise Together

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

From 2010 to 2013, the majority of companies—64 percent—increased their community investments, driven by improved business performance and underpinned by noncash giving. These are the initial findings from the latest Giving in Numbers survey, carried out by CECP in association with The Conference Board.

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May
16
2014

Q&A with Christine Bader: Who’s Holding You Accountable?

By Matthew Budman, Editor-in-Chief, The Conference Board Review, and Christine Bader, Author, The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil

“I don’t believe that idealism and business acumen are mutually exclusive—in fact, I think quite the opposite.” Christine Bader has spent her career at the intersection of the corporate and nonprofit worlds, aiming to instill responsibility in corporate practice while adding value.

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May
13
2014

Helping Nonprofits Use Data Effectively Is Fundamental to Our Support of Partners

By Wendy Ramage Hawkins, Executive Director, Intel Foundation

Gary Wexler argues against the persistent focus on data from corporate philanthropy in his recent post, “Could the Incessant Demand for Data Kill Innovation in the Non-Profit Sector?”  In their counter-argument, Matteo Tonello and Alex Parkinson argue that the hunger for data is no bad thing.  I believe that the ability to use data wisely and cost-effectively is in fact one of the core offerings that corporate philanthropists can and should bring to challenges we are all trying to address.

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May
09
2014

Ongoing Study May Lead to Better Measurement of Social Impact

By Simon Robinson, Director, LBG Australia & New Zealand

Investing in the community is now business as usual for companies. Stakeholders expect it, and it is an integral part of good corporate citizenship. However, the majority of companies in Australia and New Zealand do not measure the impact of those community investments. But a longitudinal study between LBG Australia & New Zealand and The Centre for Corporate Public Affairs (CCPA) could help to change that, and in doing so drive up the amount companies invest in their communities.

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May
06
2014

What Do the Changes to the Peterborough Social Impact Bond Mean for the Model?

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

The UK Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last week announced that the Peterborough Prison social impact bond (SIB)—the first SIB in existence—will not be carried through to its full term, because the MoJ will be introducing country-wide reforms to probation and rehabilitation services in the United Kingdom at the end of 2014.

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May
01
2014

Q&A with Ron Garan: Collaboration Is Key to Fixing Social Ills

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board, and Ron Garan, NASA Astronaut and Founder, Fragile Oasis Project

NASA astronaut Ron Garan lived on the international space station for six months in 2011. During that expedition, Garan says, he spent his spare time staring out the window pondering this question: “If we have the resources and the technology to solve the challenges we face, why do these challenges persist?”

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