Giving Thoughts

Jul
08
2014

Q&A with Amanda MacArthur: Leadership Development with Social Impact

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board, and Amanda MacArthur, Vice President of Global Pro Bono, PYXERA Global

Corporations operate employee volunteering programs all over the world, but often they are sporadic, limited initiatives. PYXERA Global helps companies send employees on skills-based assignments with nonprofit and government partners, small- to medium-sized businesses, universities, associations, and other institutions in developing countries, giving both the employee valuable experience and the partner organization expertise for critical business issues.

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Jul
03
2014

Foundations Must Rethink Their Ideas of Strategic Giving and Accountability

By Chris Gates, Executive Director, Philanthropy for Active Civil Engagement, and Brad Rourke, Program Officer, Charles F. Kettering Foundation

People used to defer to experts who knew things that “we” didn’t. But now, with the swipe of a finger or a keystroke, anybody can become instantly informed about nearly any topic. Citizens everywhere have demanded more voice, more inclusion, and more information in every aspect of their lives, and in many cases they have received it.

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Jul
01
2014

New Giving Thoughts Series Article: Defining Impact

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts series, entitled “Defining Impact,” is now available for download. Click here to access the free PDF. The piece continues with the theme of social impact measurement, addressing the importance of establishing a clear definition of impact. The Conference Board has identified social impact measurement as a key business issue for members, and we will continue to address the topic through Giving Thoughts blogs and series articles.

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Jun
27
2014

Second Chance to Watch the Corporate Philanthropy and Social Impact Bonds Webcast

By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board

Our special KnowlEdge Series webcast on corporate philanthropy and social impact bonds (SIBs) is now available on demand for members of The Conference Board. Watch a highlight below, or view the full webcast here. For more on SIBs, watch for my upcoming report, due out later this summer.

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Jun
24
2014

Which U.S. Companies Are The Most Community Minded?

By Jackie Norris, Executive Director, The Corporate Institute, Points of Light

The third annual Civic 50 survey is now open for submissions. The Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light, in partnership with Bloomberg LP, honors the 50 most community-minded companies in America each year. It also helps participating companies benchmark and share community engagement best practices, providing a roadmap for them to best use their time, skills, and other resources to benefit the communities in which they do business. The Civic 50 aims to help translate good intentions into sound business practices for years to come.

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Jun
17
2014

Charity and Philanthropy in Brazil, Russia, India and China

By Joan Spero, Senior Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Wealthy individuals and families in developing countries have a long tradition of making contributions to alleviate social problems, including poverty, hunger, and disease. In recent decades, the number of wealthy individuals and families in the emerging BRIC economies— Brazil, Russia, India, and China—have grown exponentially as these countries have developed rapidly, liberalized, privatized, and globalized. Some newly wealthy entrepreneurs, families, and their companies are “giving back” to their societies through foundations or other mechanisms.

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Jun
12
2014

Can Innovators be Data-Driven?: Response to “Could the Incessant Demand for Data Kill Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector?”

By Sacha Litman, Founder and Managing Director, Measuring Success

How can data and innovation coexist? In his recent blog post, “Could the Incessant Demand for Data Kill Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector?” nonprofit communications professional and USC Professor Gary Wexler argues that maybe they shouldn’t. Data “may be killing some very good ideas that are badly needed in this changing world,” argues Wexler. But, does a non-profit that wants to be both data-driven and innovative, have to choose one or the other? Must we throw out the data baby with the innovation bathwater? Of course not.

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Jun
10
2014

Are You Recruiting Board Directors with a 21st-Century Approach?

By Eugene Fram, Professor Emeritus, Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology

The traditional nonprofit board skills grid can still be helpful in the twenty-first century. However, it needs to incorporate lifestyle and behavioral information for each board candidate, and a consulting board needs to be considered for many with work-family challenges. Considering directors’ lifestyle and behavioral characteristics as well as their skills can open new approaches to seeking director candidates.

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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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A Beginner's Guide to Measuring Social Value

Defining Impact

A Standard for Social Impact Reporting

Data Collection and Analysis in Philanthropy

Classifying Social Impact Measurement Frameworks

Deconstructing Impact Investing
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