The word philanthropist sounds pretty fancy. Conjures images of Carnegie or Rockefeller, Zuckerberg or Gates. Someone extravagantly wealthy who breathes different air.
In mid-2015, diverse leaders around the world -- from government, nonprofit, the civil sector and private industry -- began to rally around the UN Sustainable Development goals in clear recognition of the reality that the problems our world faces are simply too great to solve alone.
You’re the manager of a corporate volunteer and giving program brainstorming ideas as you map out activities for the year. Or you’re a CEO weighing the budget for your company’s social impact agenda. Or you’re a passionate employee volunteer looking for suggestions to ramp up your company’s program.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” Lincoln warned. And yet here we are. Whatever your position on the outcome of the presidential election, there’s one thing we can all agree on: the country feels divided.
We know that giving back and volunteering together unites people around a common purpose, giving them the opportunity to connect at the deepest levels of human meaning. This is true for us as individuals, and it’s true for us when we come together in community, whether that’s in our lives as private and public citizens, or in our workplace.
There’s no doubt that corporate volunteer and giving programs are now the centerpiece of many CSR programs. According to one survey by CECP, of 184 companies - including 63 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500, 89% of companies had a formal domestic employee volunteer program and 94% of companies offered at least one matching gift program.
The holiday season is fast approaching, and sandwiched between the excitement of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and New Years is one rapidly growing observance that offers a place to infuse communities with the spirit of giving back… #GivingTuesday on November 29th.
Millennials. They’re our youngest generation of employees and a colossal consumer base that dwarfs the size of their predecessors, Gen X. So it’s natural that cultural analysts and trend prognosticators have been trying for years to size up Millennials and make sense of what they want and where they plan to take us when they rule the world.
High employee engagement is a goal shared by most company leaders, as it’s widely viewed as an indicator of a healthy corporate culture that many believe breeds higher levels of productivity, retention and recruitment. Deloitte reports that 87% of executives rate culture and employee engagement as their biggest HR related challenge.