Getting an Employee Volunteer Program Off the Ground: A VolunteerMatch Client Case Study of Exelon Corporation

We are excited to announce a series of new case studies from the VolunteerMatch corporate client community. The first in this new series explores the employee volunteer program at Exelon Corporation, a VolunteerMatch corporate client. The study illustrates how a formal volunteer program can help strengthen employee morale, measure community impact and improve brand identity.

This case study, Getting An Employee Volunteer Program Off The Ground, provides a scalable example of how a company can invest in its corporate employee volunteer program in order to strengthen key areas of employee engagement and company reputation.

Upcoming Best Practice Network Webinar: Giving In Numbers – Emerging Trends in Corporate Philanthropy

Join VolunteerMatch for our July 13th Best Practice Network Webinar installment on emerging trends in corporate philanthropy with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. Through its proprietary Corporate Giving Standard database, now containing over $85 billion in giving data from more than 180 companies, CECP has delivered the industry’s first comprehensive look at emerging trends in corporate philanthropy. We’ll be joined by Alison Rose, CECP’s Manager of Standards and Measurement, who will share the trends in cash and non-cash giving, matching gifts, international giving, Fortune 100 contributions, employee volunteerism, giving motivations, and more.

Through live polling, audience members will join the conversation and contribute their perspectives on the findings. This presentation provides a sneak preview of the 2011 Edition of CECP’s flagship data publication, Giving in Numbers, to be released in October.

Giving In Numbers: Emerging Trends in Corporate Philanthropy with Alison Rose.

Alison Rose

Alison Rose manages the strategic direction of CECP’s proprietary corporate philanthropy benchmarking initiative, the Corporate Giving Standard. She works one-on-one with Committee members and subscribers to collect data using a standardized measurement framework and helps corporate giving officers create compelling presentations for senior management that inform their budget decisions. Previously Rose worked at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her academic background includes a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning and Development, and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Middlebury College as a double major in mathematics and religion.

Sign up for “Emerging Trends in Corporate Philanthropy”

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
10 am PT/1pm ET

(Be sure to register and also follow the webinar conversation on Twitter @VM_Solutions and @CECPtweets with #CECPdata.)

Announcing Our Newest Services for Companies: VolunteerMatch Consulting

This week we’re proud to announce that VolunteerMatch is now offering pure consulting services as part of the VolunteerMatch Solutions portfolio of services and tools. For the first time, we’re able to help companies of all sizes to successfully engage volunteers – regardless of whether they are using our hosted solutions or not.

We thought we’d take a few minutes here to explain why we’re offering this new service and how it fits in with our overall mission as an organization.

Bridging The Gap

We started working with our first corporate partner, Gap, Inc., back in 1999. At the time, the big problem we were trying to solve was how to help Gap’s employees get access to our network of nonprofits and volunteer opportunities using the Internet. It was a technology challenge, but one fully aligned with our mission: Could we work with leading companies to empower employees to take real world actions that benefit the community?

Today VolunteerMatch has made this a reality, with a technology solution used by over 140 companies to connect their employees and consumers with thousands of nonprofits to address unmet social needs. And the social impact these clients are making is huge: In 2010, some 45% of all volunteer referral activity in our network was driven by our hosted system for VolunteerMatch Solutions clients.

2011 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey Finds that Millennials Seek Career Benefits from Volunteerism Efforts

While we were out in New Orleans at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the good folks at Deloitte put out the latest update in their annual Volunteer IMPACT Research Series, and we’re delighted to share some of the findings with you.

Each year Deloitte’s Volunteer IMPACT Research series explores a different facet of the relationship between workplace volunteering and corporate interests. (You can see reports from the entire series here.) The 2011  survey was commissioned to explore the connection between workplace volunteerism activities, employee engagement, and Millennials.

Using indicators such as workplace satisfaction, pride and loyalty, they compared the responses of Millennials who frequently volunteer against those who infrequently or never volunteer. Specifically, the survey targeted employed adults, ages 21 – 35. Further, the survey explored key barriers and drivers to participation in volunteer programs.

Upcoming Best Practice Network Webinar: Building an In-House Pro Bono Program

Our Summer Best Practice Network Webinar Series continues on June 28th with an installment on pro bono programs with Taproot Foundation. Taproot Foundation is thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new tool designed for anyone interested in building (or scaling!) a pro bono program at their company: BUILD: A Blueprint for Pro Bono Program Development leads you through the key questions you should be asking when you develop a new program and provides tools and resources to help you find the answers you need.

Want to Build an In-House Pro Bono Program? Ask these 5 Key Questions Before You Begin with Lindsay Firestone and Diana Fischer.

The webinar will be presented by Lindsay Firestone and Diana Fischer of Taproot Foundation. Lindsay Firestone has built her career with a focus on cross-sector nonprofit capacity building. As the Senior Consultant in the Taproot Foundation’s Advisory Services Practice, Lindsay works with companies to help them develop and scale their own in-house pro bono programs connecting the professional skills of their employees with the needs of nonprofits and other community partners. Since founding Taproot’s consulting practice in 2008, Lindsay has worked with over a dozen Fortune 500 companies across industries to develop customized, impact-oriented pro bono programs that are strategically aligned with their business and philanthropy goals.

Apollo Group Serves the Road to the Gulf at NCVS

Those of us who attended the National Conference on Volunteering and Service earlier this month were pleased to see many familiar faces in New Orleans.  Numerous VolunteerMatch corporate clients, including Target, Apollo Group, Medtronic, and American Red Cross among others, came to the conference to network with nonprofits, share ideas, and strengthen their service programs. The presence of so many companies with employee volunteer programs at the conference demonstrated a unified focus for service and community betterment from the corporate sector.

One such client is Apollo Group, the Phoenix-based company that provides numerous educational programs including the online institute University of Phoenix. Apollo Group made the most of the event by devoting time and volunteers around the conference events to produce service projects for the Road to the Gulf Initiative, a joint service event with the Points of Light Foundation, Rebuilding Together and HandsOn New Orleans.

International Teleconference on Relief and Recovery: What Grantmakers Need to Know about Japan

Our friends at GlobalGiving recently shared with us this announcement for an international teleconference on grant writing in Japan. We thought this would be a useful piece of information for the Foundation Executives and Employee Volunteer Program Managers that read our blog, as it provides insight into the direction of corporate disaster relief funds and how they are being distributed. Often in corporate social responsibility programs, the mission and direction behind employee volunteerism is aligned with the donation of corporate funds, in more ways than one.

Not only do many companies now have global volunteer programs that integrate employee service with the nonprofit benecificiaries of grants, but employee volunteers are able to donate company-awarded dollars directly to the organizations that they serve. Aligning employee volunteerism and financial donations under a unified mission will strengthen overall efforts. Join the teleconference to learn more about the landscape of relief and recovery in Japan.

Southern California Grantmakers have opened registration for tomorrow’s Japan teleconference to non-members – details are below.



Relief and Recovery: What Grantmakers Need to Know about Japan
Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 10:00-11:30 a.m. PST

The program will feature new information on Japan’s recovery efforts and illuminate the nature of Japan’s nascent civil society. Irene Hirano, President of the US-Japan Council, and Mari Kuraishi, President of GlobalGiving Foundation will be our expert speakers. This program is a collaborative effort of Southern California Grantmakers, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Northern California Grantmakers, Philanthropy Northwest and San Diego Grantmakers—our fellow “ring of fire” colleagues.