Giving Thoughts

Feb
16
2016

The Conference Board’s Integration with SNCR Brings an Exciting Focus on New Business Models

By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, The Conference Board

The Conference Board has been brimming with excitement since we entered 2016. Not only is it the year of our centenary—The Conference Board was founded in 1916 as the National Industrial Conference Board—but we’re also welcoming a groundbreaking organization to the fold: the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR). I’m really honored to be serving as Associate Director of the merged organization and I’m looking forward to working with the many experienced thought leaders SNCR has assembled through its fellowship program.

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Feb
11
2016

Corporate Philanthropy Is Evident in Strategies to Meet CEOs’ Challenges

By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, The Conference Board

Each year, The Conference Board releases the CEO Challenge, a report that asks CEOs, presidents, and chairmen across the globe to identify the most critical challenges and the strategies they intend to use to meet them. For the past few years, issues of societal impact—including sustainability, community building or diversity inclusion—have begun to feature more prominently in the lists of top challenges. The 2016 edition continues that trend.

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Feb
03
2016

KeyBank: Diversity and Inclusion as a Core Value in Grant Making

By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, The Conference Board

In the second part of our series of case studies from our new report, Better Together: Why a United Front Can Propel Diversity and Inclusion and Corporate Philanthropy in the United States, we look at KeyBank’s grant-making process, and how diversity and inclusion impacts its decisions.

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Jan
26
2016

FedEx: Including Communities in its Diversity Mission

By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, The Conference Board

The way in which companies approach diversity and inclusion and corporate responsibility has come to define the corporate sector in the twenty-first century, as stakeholders demand an increasingly responsible approach to business by the world’s largest companies. Today, a responsible company is one that nurtures diversity and inclusion, creates social impact as well as business value, and minimizes its environmental footprint. These elements cannot—and increasingly do not—exist in silos. In this Council Perspective from The Conference Board, we take a closer look at how and why companies are increasingly integrating the diversity and inclusion, and corporate philanthropy functions. Today’s case study comes from FedEx.

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Jan
20
2016

Participate in the 2016 Giving in Numbers Survey

By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, The Conference Board

Conducted by CECP, in association with The Conference Board, the 2016 Giving in Numbers survey collects data that helps companies make the business case for their investment in societal engagement. The survey is open online until to March 31, 2016 to companies with revenue of US $2 billion or more, including companies not yet affiliated with CECP or The Conference Board. Click here for more information on how to participate.

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Jan
12
2016

Q&A with Anne Sherman and Antoinette La Belle: Large-Scale Impact Requires a New Type of Social Sector Marketplace

By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, The Conference Board, Anne Sherman, Vice President for Nonprofit Strategy and Antoinette La Belle, Managing Director of Network Partnerships at the Social Impact Exchange, an initiative of the Growth Philanthropy Network

In 2012, the Social Impact Exchange (SIE) launched the S&I 100, an index of nonprofit organizations that are developing high-impact solutions to pressing social issues in the United States. With a heavy focus on evidence-based initiatives and evaluation, the S&I 100 categorizes nonprofits by education, health, poverty and youth issues. In this Giving Thoughts Q&A, SIE’s vice president for nonprofit strategy, Anne Sherman, and the managing director of network partnerships, Toni La Belle, explain the S&I 100.

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Jan
05
2016

Ameriprise Financial, Inc: Tapping Multiple Channels to Find and Tell Stories

By Vicki Wray, Author, Communicating Social Impact

“Once you start celebrating your stories,” says Jennifer Jones, senior director, community relations, “you will find that everyone has a story to tell and wants to tell it. The trick is to provide a way for them feel comfortable telling it and doing so in their own voice.” Each year, Ameriprise recognizes one employee, one advisor, one employee team, and one advisor team for life-changing community work through its Community Impact Award. Nominations come from the employees themselves, as well as from leaders and nonprofits, providing a wealth of stories that are used in a number of ways.

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Dec
22
2015

Giving Thoughts’ Top Five From 2015

By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, The Conference Board

It has been a busy year for the philanthropy industry in 2015. Giving Thoughts has been tracking some of the most pressing issues with contributions from third-party thought leaders, as well as our own experts. As we wind up for the year, we take a look at five of our most popular posts from the past 12 months.

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Dec
14
2015

Philanthropy, Interrupted: Why the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Has Us Questioning Philanthropic Intent

By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, The Conference Board

The philanthropy world has stirred with the recent announcement from Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan that they will donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares in their lifetime to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. At current valuation, that equates to about $45 billion. On the surface, this is just another example of a tech billionaire directing his excess wealth to charitable causes, but dig a little deeper and the water gets murky, so much so that many question the philanthropic intent of the move altogether. In this piece, I summarize the arguments from both sides and consider whether corporations will follow the lead.

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Dec
08
2015

Pledge 1% Grooms Corporate Philanthropists From the Start

By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, The Conference Board

Last year on Giving Tuesday, Salesforce.org, the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, and Atlassian launched Pledge 1%, a movement encouraging start-up founders to commit 1 percent of personal and company equity, product, and employee time to the community. The first anniversary of Pledge 1% has seen the campaign surpass its initial goal of 500 pledges, creating a network of young entrepreneurs and growth companies that have philanthropy at their core.

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