International Corporate Philanthropy Day (ICPD) is an advocacy day led by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) for the business community to celebrate and be recognized for your achievements in corporate philanthropy.
It’s also a day to build awareness of the benefits of corporate community investment, and to inspire other companies around the world to engage further in engagement initiatives. Today is a day for you to share your message about what you’re doing for your community and for the world.
When it comes to having an impact with corporate philanthropy, at VolunteerMatch we jump right in head first. Our VolunteerMatch Solutions business doesn’t just help companies manage volunteer engagement needs – we also help you maximize your social impact.
CECP has emphasized that partnering with other community organizations is a critical element for any company to be able to truly make a difference. Due to the unique nature of the VolunteerMatch network, when you do business with us, you are also connected to the entire nonprofit sector, helping to support the good work of more than 80,000 organizations across the country while your employees work one-on-one with the nonprofits that are the best fit for your program.
We are very proud of the impact being made by the companies we work with. Here are some examples of what just a few of our clients are up to all over the world:
In addition to the many and varied volunteer activities undertaken by their employees within their local communities, Safeway is a long-time sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and also recently partnered with Rebuilding Together to renovate homes and community centers. During 2011, the company tracked over one million volunteer hours contributed by its employees, and is aiming to exceed this number in 2012.
With its first “Care Deeply Volunteer Day” in 2011, more than 1,000 BioGen Idec employees volunteered about 3,500 hours in communities where the company has a presence: Zug, Switzerland; Maidenhead, England; Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; and Greater Boston, Massachusetts.
In a new and exciting partnership model for VolunteerMatch Solutions, MetLife Foundation provided funding for Junior Achievement to become a Preferred Partner, allowing the nonprofit to recruit volunteers for its 126 local area offices via VolunteerMatch, and making it easier for the national organization to promote mentorship and economic empowerment of youth.
Want to get your company involved and have a bigger impact? Here are some resources to get you started:
- How to Build an Effective Corporate/Nonprofit Partnership
- VolunteerMatch Insights: How to Build a Sustainable Employee Volunteer Program
- Best Practice Network webinar series recordings
What is your company doing to leverage corporate philanthropy for social good?