Meet Angela Parker, 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit Speaker

In December 2015, CSR professionals, employee engagement enthusiasts, VolunteerMatch clients, and national nonprofits will come together at the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit (#VMSummit15). In this series of blog posts, I’ll introduce you to the numerous experts who will make an appearance as Summit speakers.

Angela Parker, 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit SpeakerName: Angela Parker

Title: Co-founder and Senior Partner

Organization: Realized Worth

What is your session about?

Basically, it’s about how corporations and nonprofits can work better together. There are some simple understandings and practices that quickly increase the capacity of employee volunteering and giving programs while simultaneously increasing the competencies of the employees who are involved.

Companies and nonprofits are becoming savvier partners as corporate social responsibility becomes an expected element of business operations, but we’re still too far away from the results we should be seeing. Companies, communities, and employees should be experiencing measurable benefits from corporate volunteering and giving programs. The information and suggestions in this session will get attendees one step (or hopefully several steps!) closer to realizing those benefits.

There are some simple understandings and practices that quickly increase the capacity of employee volunteering and giving programs while simultaneously increasing the competencies of the employees who are involved.

Why should attendees care about this topic?

Truthfully, I’m not a huge fan of the word “should.” People don’t care about things just because they should. If that were the case, we would all be fit and thin and never drink too much and watch less TV. Instead, we care about the things that trigger certain rewards. We eat cookies because sugar releases a chemical concoction in our brains that makes us feel good. We watch movies because they connect us to a sense of story and a greater purpose. One thing’s for sure: We don’t care about things we’ve never experienced. If you have never personally experienced the transformative power of volunteering, you probably don’t care about this topic.

So, let’s back up. Here are some reasons you might care about this topic already – even if you don’t know you do:

Have you ever wondered why companies volunteer at all? Or how many companies have volunteering giving programs now? Or how volunteering can influence employee engagement? We’ll get into all of these topics in the session.

Curious about the latest volunteering and giving trends across nonprofits and corporations? Definitely something we’ll cover.

How about this: Do you want to laugh a little, get a little smarter, and hear some great stories? The best part of this session might simply be that you’ll enjoy yourself. And when we talk about the difference between transactional and transformative volunteering, you might even find yourself inspired.

Hope to see you there!

What is a professional achievement you are particularly proud of?

I suppose I can’t claim this as my own achievement, but I’m proud of my team’s commitment to Realized Worth. There was a time that it felt like “my” company, but now it feels like “ours.” Everyone carries the mission of the company as their own – they believe on a very personal level in the power of corporate volunteering. Each team member contributes significantly to making the work more effective and the company more efficient. Like I said, it’s not really my accomplishment, but I’m proud. Believing in something together is so much easier than believing alone.

To learn more about Angela, check out her biography on our Summit speakers’ page. And if you haven’t yet, register today for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit!

Meet Darcy Brown-Martin and Ebony Frelix, 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit Speakers

In December 2015, CSR professionals, employee engagement enthusiasts, VolunteerMatch clients, and national nonprofits will come together at the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit (#VMSummit15). In this series of blog posts, I’ll introduce you to the numerous experts who will make an appearance as Summit speakers.

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Darcy Brown-Martin
National Director of Corporate Relations, Playworks

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Ebony Frelix
Vice President of Programs, Salesforce Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



What is your session about?

CSR leaders and nonprofit staff alike are wrestling with the movement in corporate philanthropy to “go beyond the check.” CSR staff grapple with the need to create authentic impact through volunteerism without disrupting workplace priorities, while nonprofits that don’t rely directly on volunteers to fulfill their mission battle for funding in a corporate arena leaning hard on employee engagement. Learn how Salesforce and Playworks arrived at a replicable solution to this set of dilemmas, built on mission alignment on both sides.

Why should attendees care about this topic?

Darcy: Whether you’re on the for-profit or nonprofit side of the CSR equation, finding practical ways to repeatedly engage volunteers is key in building successful corporate partnerships in the current market. After this session, participants will be able to look at their organizational assets with fresh eyes. Respectively, they will be able to plan fiscally to support a robust corporate volunteer program or deploy existing program assets to secure corporate funding by helping corporations realize community impact through one‐off volunteer-group engagements.

Ebony: Gone are the days when corporate philanthropy was simply writing a check to a charity of choice at the end of the year. Today’s employees–and millennials in particular–expect a robust and integrated corporate citizenship program. Yet at the same time, CSR practitioners compete for attention, time and effort of employees. Hear about both top-down and bottom-up strategies that can drive impactful employee engagement.

What do you love about your work?

Darcy: Stewarding corporate partnerships for a national nonprofit allows me to engage in mission-driven work while continuously learning about the methods and cultures of significant for-profit companies. I love that blend.

Ebony: I love that every day when I go to work, I’m helping make a difference. Sometimes it’s in a big way, like our partnership with the San Francisco Middle Schools and the Mayor’s Office which, through $8+ million in grants and 5,000+ hours of Salesforce employee volunteering, is helping prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Or in small ways, like mentoring last year our amazing YearUp intern–who now, I’m proud to say–is a full time employee of the Salesforce Foundation.

To learn more about Darcy and Ebony, check out their biographies on our Summit speakers’ page. And if you haven’t yet, register today for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit!

How to Turn 9/11 into a Day of Service at Your Company

Turn 9/11 Day into a Day of Service at Your CompanyMore than any other day of the year, 9/11 is a day for giving back.

In fact, 9/11 is the largest day of charitable engagement in the United States. In 2014, over 40 million people volunteered as part of 9/11 Day.

9/11 Day is an official Day of Service recognized under federal law. (The only other recognized Day of Service is MLK Day). According to its founders, “The goal of 9/11 Day is to keep alive the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, providing a positive, helpful way for people to annually remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, and honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks.”

It’s also a great time to bring your employees together for a cause.

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If you haven’t started planning your company’s 9/11 Day activities, start now. First, decide how you want your employees to get involved. You can organize a company-wide volunteer event, challenge your employees to independently do one good deed, or something in between.

Remember: Just because it’s called 9/11 Day doesn’t mean your involvement has to happen on that exact day. You can celebrate a week of service, in which you create friendly competition around which department can log the most volunteer hours. You can also consider a volunteer opportunity on the weekend, to which employees can bring their families and instill a value of service in their children.

Find Your Opportunity

Volunteer on 9-11 DayWhether you’re planning a company-wide event or encouraging individual volunteerism, you need to find your way to get involved. Start by reaching out to your established nonprofit partners to see what needs they have.

You can also check out Taproot, who is facilitating a skills service day. Search skills-based volunteer projects. Or, find opportunities directly on 9/11 Day’s website. Date-specific opportunities from VolutneerMatch.org will populate to this site.

Create a Fulfilling Experience

9/11 is a sober day of remembrance, and it may feel uncomfortable encouraging your employees to have fun. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create an enjoyable, fulfilling experience for your employees. Some ways to do this: Instill a sense of unity and company pride by providing t-shirts. Offer free snacks or even a meal. Organize transportation to and from a volunteer event. Incentivize individual volunteering with prizes or other perks.

Share Your Story

Participating in a Day of Service is going to be a different experience for everyone. Ask your employees to share their individual experiences for the company newsletter or blog. Recognize employees who went above and beyond to give back. Follow up after the event to show employees the impact they had. These types of communications will inspire employees to participate in your next volunteer activity.

How will your company participate in 9/11 Day? Let us know by commenting below, or tweet to us @VM_Solutions.

Meet Danielle Holly, 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit Speaker

In December 2015, CSR professionals, employee engagement enthusiasts, VolunteerMatch clients, and national nonprofits will come together at the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit (#VMSummit15). In this series of blog posts, I’ll introduce you to the numerous experts who will make an appearance as Summit speakers.

Name: Danielle HollyDanielle Holly, 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit Speaker

Title: CEO

Organization: Common Impact

What is your session about?

This session will bring together companies and nonprofits who want to take that second step with their skills-based volunteer programs, through a fun, interactive speed dating session.

Companies will have the chance to hear what services would be particularly helpful to nonprofits in their communities – and nonprofits will have a chance to “pitch” their skills-based project in a low-risk, low-pressure environment and get feedback on what will make their project even more attractive to potential corporate partners.

Why should attendees care about this topic?

Skills-based volunteering is increasingly popular among companies, but developing strong, effective skills-based partnerships with nonprofit organizations can be very challenging. Nonprofits can be unsure of the expertise they’re receiving and how much effort it will require from their typically capacity-constrained organization. Companies can be unsure of what specific skill or type of skills-based volunteering would be of most benefit to the community and their employee volunteers.

By speaking to the “other side of the aisle”, both companies and nonprofits will better understand how to think about, message and launch their skills-based initiatives.

What is a professional achievement you are particularly proud of?

Launching Common Impact’s NY presence earlier this year!

To learn more about Danielle, check out her biography on our Summit speakers’ page. And if you haven’t yet, register today for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit!

Meet Bea Boccalandro, 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit Speaker

In December 2015, CSR professionals, employee engagement enthusiasts, VolunteerMatch clients, and national nonprofits will come together at the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit (#VMSummit15). In this series of blog posts, I’ll introduce you to the numerous experts who will make an appearance as Summit speakers.

Bea Boccalandro, 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit speakerBea Boccalandro is author of the Job Purposing Blog and President of VeraWorks, a global firm that helps companies offer employees the opportunity to support societal causes at work.

What is your session about?

This session focuses on helping employee volunteer managers use job purposing. Job purposing is the management tool of incorporating the opportunity to do societal good into everyday jobs in order to enliven and expand employee volunteering.

Why should attendees care about this topic?

Imagine a massive investment of thoughtful, often skilled, human capital in alleviating hunger, preserving the environment, stopping violence and otherwise overcoming societal issues that it detectably improves our global society.

Help create this reality by leveraging job purposing in your employee volunteer program. Get managers across your company – in sales, grounds keeping, R&D and elsewhere – happily doing the work of your employee volunteer program. You can, essentially, multiply your staff hundreds of times over!

What is a professional achievement you are particularly proud of?

Witnessing any corporate manager who previously had little to do with employee volunteering incorporate social good activities into jobs, or job purpose, is among the most rewarding parts of my work. It’s wonderful to see the pride and enthusiasm purposed jobs gives teams. And it’s uplifting to know that widespread adoption of this management practice would transform the business sector into the formidable force for good we have long envisioned.

To learn more about Bea, check out her biography on our Summit speakers’ page. And if you haven’t yet, register today for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit!

[Upcoming Webinar] Professional Development: Using Your Skills to Get Ahead and Help Others

Sharpen your skills with a best practice network webinar from VolunteerMatch and ACCPAs a corporate responsibility professional, you understand the importance of focusing on complex social issues and creating social change.

But what about creating positive change in yourself to gain a wider and deeper perspective of your role and the overall work of your company?

In this month’s Best Practice Network (BPN) Webinar, hosted by ACCP, you’ll learn how to step out of your comfort zone to gain professional development, with a focus on pro bono volunteering.

We’ll hear from two thought leaders in both volunteerism and professional development:

  • Katherine Campbell, Executive Director at Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), manages professional credentialing programs for leaders of volunteers.
  • Amanda MacArthur, Vice President of Global Pro Bono & Engagement at PYXERA Global, designs and implements corporate social responsibility programs for the public and private sector focused on skills-based volunteerism.

Both have extensive backgrounds in designing volunteer programs that benefit the organization, company, and individual.

Both are also authors in VolunteerMatch’s new book Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World. They are just 2 of the 35 volunteer engagement experts sharing their knowledge on what’s next in volunteer engagement. Tweet during the webcast for your chance to win a FREE copy! The best Tweet that includes the hashtag #35Experts will be chosen and announced after the webcast!

It’s happening Monday August 17, 2015 at 11am – 12pm PT (2pm – 3pm ET).

Reserve your spot today.

Please note, this webcast is only available to currently employed corporate philanthropy professionals who work for a for-profit corporation or a corporate foundation.

Have a webinar topic that you want to share with the world? We are now accepting BPN webinar proposals. Learn more.

Meet Amy Thayer, 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit Speaker

In December 2015, CSR professionals, employee engagement enthusiasts, VolunteerMatch clients, and national nonprofits will come together at the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit (#VMSummit15). In this series of blog posts, I’ll introduce you to the numerous experts who will make an appearance as Summit speakers.

Amy Thayer, 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit Speaker, #VMSummit15Name: Amy Thayer, Ph.D.

Title: Director of Research

Organization: Achieve

What is your session about?

The 2015 Millennial Impact Report. This report studies the relationships and experiences between Millennial employees and their managers. It also looks at who influences Millennials to engage in company-sponsored cause work. It’s part of the ongoing Millennial Impact Project, a study of Millennials and how they give, volunteer and engage with causes.

Why should attendees care about this topic?

The average American employee spends 47 hours a week in the workplace. As Millennials increasingly make up the majority of many companies, we have to shape cultures that empower this generation of “do-gooders.”

Millennials as employees actively give and volunteer in and outside of the workplace. What happens when a company encourages and influences its employees to participate in cause work? Its employees discover a vehicle to leverage their assets (money, time, network) to make a larger difference on their communities and their world.

What is a professional achievement you are particularly proud of?

I am proud that I’ve been afforded the opportunity to conduct research in a variety of environments and across a variety of disciplines. I’m proud of this achievement because it has allowed me to uncover solutions to issues that have improved individuals’ health and well-being, increased individuals’ knowledge, and benefited the work of non-profit organizations. In other words, it’s made an impact!

To learn more about Amy, check out her biography on our Summit speakers’ page. And if you haven’t yet, register today for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit!