There’s nothing like a game to fire up friendly competition in the name of charity.
It’s an exciting week ahead for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit directors, corporate philanthropy leaders, and anyone playing at the nexus of technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business. At the Social Innovation Summit, all of us are coming together to explore the big ideas on the horizon that will disrupt the way we look at the challenges facing us and help catalyze solutions within our grasp.
Matching gifts are the best kept secrets in corporate philanthropy. And that’s a shame.
Nonprofits are tasked with addressing the most urgent needs facing humanity, and I was initially drawn to the field of philanthropy out of a desire to help these organizations achieve their critical missions. But early on I saw that making personal donations - while important - was just a first step.
Attending SOCAP15, the recent Social Capital Markets conference in San Francisco, was one of the highlights of my year. A world-renowned conference series dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good, SOCAP brings together impact investors, global innovators, foundations, governments, institutions, and social entrepreneurs for a forum on how best to change the world. It’s nearly impossible to leave without feeling inspired and ready to take on any challenge to social progress.
As Thanksgiving looms, company leaders across the world are building thanks to their communities through their year-end giving campaigns. For many businesses, this year’s corporate philanthropy effort will reach its zenith on December 1st, also known as #GivingTuesday.