Giving Thoughts

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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Jun
16
2015

Supporting Your Own: Disaster and Hardship Relief for Your Employees

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

Corporate philanthropy often focuses on social issues in local and global communities, but companies’ employee communities are also in need. Despite working harder than ever, more American families are struggling to make ends meet than in any other time in recent history. Nearly half of all American families currently live paycheck to paycheck. Census Bureau data reveal that the median income of all working-age households in the U.S. has decreased by about 9 percent since the Great Recession. The good news for some of these workers and their families is that many of the companies they work for will support them through disaster and hardship.

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Jun
12
2015

Q&A with Jean Case: Providing Opportunity for All

By Jeff Hoffman, Program Director, The Conference Board Global Social Investing Council

Jean Case is co-founder and CEO of the Case Foundation, an organization that creates programs and invests in people and organizations that harness the best impulses of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and collaboration to drive exponential impact. The foundation is doing a lot to advance the field of impact investing. It supports the impact investing ecosystem and provides opportunities to educate and activate investors, including publishing A Short Guide to Impact Investing: A Primer on How Business Can Drive Social Change. I had the opportunity to sit down with Jean at the University of Southern California Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy’s Distinguished Speakers Series Luncheon last month.

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Jun
10
2015

Early Giving in Numbers Findings Show Corporate Giving Becoming More Embedded at Companies

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

Growth in key giving indicators from the 2015 Giving in Numbers survey, conducted by CECP in association with The Conference Board, illustrate the expanding application of corporate skills and resources to solving societal challenges. In initial findings from the most complete survey of corporate societal engagement at 271 companies, respondents reported stable giving rates and a strengthening business case for community investments.

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May
20
2015

Contributions Council II Round-Up: Innovative Grantmaking

By Tony Tapia, Program Director, Contributions Council II, and Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

The spring meeting of The Conference Board Contributions Council II, a peer networking group of corporate philanthropy executives from some of the best-known and best-run companies in the United States and around the world, took place over a day and a half in mid-April in San Francisco, CA. The theme of the meeting, “Innovative Grantmaking,” brought speakers from futurists, social media companies and social entrepreneurs and helped members gain a better understanding of venture philanthropy. Here, we summarize some of the content that resonated with members.

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May
20
2015

Are Donations in Other Countries Tax-Deductible?

By Ann Canela, Vice President, Partner Solutions, Global Impact

Although tax deductions for charitable contributions are permitted for both individuals and corporations in most countries, there are some in which this benefit does not exist. Most countries require charitable contributions to be made to local entities, but often, funds may be used by local charities for global philanthropy projects. These findings come from a new study from Global Impact that sought to identify the registration, fiduciary, and legal requirements and availability of tax deductions for charitable contributions in more than 40 countries, entitled “Donations in Other Countries—Are They Tax-Deductible?

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May
20
2015

Giving Thoughts Series: Flagship Programs—Focusing Corporate Social Investments for Impact

By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board

The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “Flagship Programs: Focusing Corporate Social Investments for Impact,” is now available to download for free. Authored by Esther Toth, Senior Consultant, and Nick Jackson, Senior Researcher, Corporate Citizenship, this piece takes a closer look at why companies are trending towards flagship community programs to help community investments go further in terms of impact.

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