City of CSR: Announcing the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit in Detroit

The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will be held in Detroit, sponsored by GM.We are thrilled to announce that the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will be held on September 18-19, 2014, and will be hosted by General Motors at the company’s world headquarters in Detroit.

Similar to previous years, this two-day, invitation-only event will showcase ideas and best practices in corporate volunteering, employee engagement and community impact. In attendance at the event will be practitioners and experts in corporate social responsibility (CSR), including representatives from the VolunteerMatch family of corporate clients. Session topics will range from inspiring employee giving and measurement of volunteer programs to effective corporate-nonprofit partnerships.

In our minds, Detroit is the perfect place to host our Client Summit this year. We will be able to showcase the variety of programs underway to build resiliency and opportunity in metro Detroit. A point of focus will be United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s high school turnaround initiative that aims to help 90% of students in the Detroit area complete high school prepared for postsecondary study and entry into the workforce by 2018. Through significant financial support, employee volunteerism and other unique programs, both GM and the GM Foundation are playing a large role in this initiative.

“We are looking forward to hosting this important summit that will bring together the brightest minds and the best ideas in volunteerism and corporate philanthropy,” said Sabin Blake, GM’s manager of Cadillac Marketing who also runs the “teamGM Cares” employee volunteer program.  “We are dedicated to showcasing the best of GM and Detroit to summit participants, and we are certain they will be inspired by all they encounter.”

To see highlights of the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit click here: http://solutions.volunteermatch.org/summit.

Stay tuned for more news next year about the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit!

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Upcoming Best Practice Network Webinar: 2013 Giving in Numbers – Insights from CECP’s Annual Research

Join the upcoming Best Practice Network webinar: 2013 Giving in Numbers - Insights from CECP's Annual ResearchCECP’s annual research report, Giving in Numbers, presents a profile of corporate philanthropy in 2012 and shows how giving has evolved since before the global recession of 2008 and 2009.

Giving in Numbers includes data from 240 of the largest companies in the world; 60 in the largest 100 of the Fortune 500. The report includes detailed information on matching-gifts programs, employee volunteerism, international giving, management and program costs, and many other aspects of corporate philanthropy.

2013 Giving in Numbers: Insights from CECP’s Annual Research

During this month’s Best Practice Network Webinar, we’ll be digging into the trends and highlighting how and why companies are starting to look inward for how they can support nonprofits with the products, services and expertise at the core of their business.

We’ll hear real-life examples from Discovery Communication’s Jennifer Button on their Creating Change program, and hear how these programs impact the nonprofits they serve from VolunteerMatch’s own Shari Ilsen.

Register for this FREE event
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
10-11 a.m. PT (1-2 p.m. ET)

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Our Speakers: 

Michael Stroik
Manager, Research and Analytics
CECP

Jennifer Button
Director, Corporate Relations
Discovery Communications

Shari Ilsen
Senior Online Communications Manager
VolunteerMatch 

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Upcoming Best Practice Network Webinar: From Productivity to Purpose – How Worker Well-Being Increases Your Bottom Line

Join VolunteerMatch, The H(app)athon Project and Imperative for a Best Practice Network Webinar on how worker well-being can increase your company's bottom line.“Big Data” is a phrase we hear often in business these days, and not just in the context of client and customer-related operations. Companies that are putting data to use in innovative ways are finding it can have surprising benefits to the business’s bottom line.

For example, tools like Quantified Self, FitBit or Jawbone can track things like your employees’ sleep patterns, mood and emotions. Soon you’ll be able to tell in real-time how your employees are doing and where they’re happiest in their jobs.

From Productivity to Purpose – How Worker Well-Being Increases Your Bottom Line

For the November 2013 Best Practice Network webinar, VolunteerMatch is joined by John C. Havens, Founder of the H(app)athon Project and author of “Hacking Happiness – Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World,” and Arthur Woods, co-founder of Imperative, the leading consulting agency helping companies measure and maximize employee purpose and well-being.

John and Arthur will describe the bottom-line benefits of tracking your employee well-being, and how to bring these merry methodologies to your companies. You’ll walk away with ideas for how to use existing tools and technologies to bring greater well-being to your workforce, and greater value to your customers and stakeholders overall.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
10-11 a.m. PT (1-2 p.m. ET)

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Our Speakers: 

John Havens
Founder, The H(app)athon Project

Arthur Woods
Co-founder, Imperative

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Upcoming Special Webinar: The Overhead Myth – What It Is, Why It Matters…and What Now?

This month VolunteerMatch presents a special joint edition of our Nonprofit Insights and Best Practice Network webinar series. We invite our nonprofit and corporate members to come together and learn about how we can end the Overhead Myth.

Join VolunteerMatch for a special joint webinar about how we can end the Overhead MythThere’s a fallacy in the world of philanthropy that has been confusing donors for too long about what matters when judging a nonprofit, and it is harming our ability to solve the world’s problems. The Overhead Myth is the misconception that spending money on administrative and fundraising costs is a bad thing.

This month VolunteerMatch will host a special joint edition of the Nonprofit Insights and Best Practice Network webinar series as we welcome Jacob Harold of Guidestar and Ann Goggins Gregory of the Bridgespan Group, in conversation with Greg Baldwin of VolunteerMatch. They will discuss the cultural values and past behavior of nonprofits, businesses and funders that have led to the current problem, and answer the critical question of “What now?”

The Overhead Myth: What It Is, Why It Matters…and What Now?

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
11am – 12pm PT (2-3pm ET)

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Whether you work at a nonprofit or a company, changing the conversation about the overhead ratio is absolutely necessary for ensuring the health of the nonprofit sector, our communities and our world. Join us for this webinar to learn what your role can and should be in ending the Overhead Myth.

About Our Speakers:

Jacob Harold is the president and CEO of GuideStar, the largest source of data about nonprofits.Jacob Harold Jacob Harold is the president and CEO of GuideStar, the largest source of data about nonprofits. Each year approximately 10 million unique visitors seek answers from GuideStar’s 1.3 billion pieces of data. Harold is one of three nonprofit leaders to spearhead the campaign to end the Overhead Myth.

Harold came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants which, together, aimed to build a 21st century infrastructure for smart giving. Before that, he worked as a consultant to nonprofits and foundations at the Bridgespan Group and as a climate change strategist for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation based at The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, India. At the beginning of his careers he worked as a climate change campaigner for Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA and as the organizing director at Citizen Works.

Ann Goggins Gregory is Senior Director of Knowledge at the Bridgespan Group.Ann Goggins Gregory joined Bridgespan in 2005, spending three and a half years in the strategy consulting practice before transitioning into a knowledge role. In her position, she leads the organization’s efforts to reflect on insights emerging from strategy consulting and plays a pivotal role in identifying opportunities for external knowledge sharing that arise from client work.

In her consulting work at Bridgespan, Ann worked with a number of education clients – including charter management organizations and a statewide public/private partnership focused on reforming high school education – and also worked on business plans for several leading youth-serving nonprofits. She has been an active contributor to knowledge projects since she joined the firm, co-authoring “Nonprofit Starvation Cycle” in the Fall 2009 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review and “How Governments Can Spur High Charity Performance,” published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (December 2009). Ann has helped lead Bridgespan’s national research on how nonprofits are “Managing in Tough Times.”

Greg Baldwin is President and former Greg Baldwin joined what is now VolunteerMatch in the spring of 1998 as its Chief Imagination Officer to finish hotwiring the Internet to help everybody find a great place to volunteer. Today, VolunteerMatch is a leader in the nonprofit world. Its popular web service is strengthening communities and organizations across the country by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect.

Greg appreciates the power of a big idea. He began his career at the Leo Burnett advertising agency where many big ideas were born and later tested his own as a co-founder of 2d Interactive, Inc. — a Boston-based technology start-up. Greg completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University in 1990 with a degree in Public Policy. He is a life-long volunteer and regularly speaks at nonprofit events and conferences on the subjects of volunteering, communication, and the Internet. He is also proud to serve as the Board Chair of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.

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Upcoming Best Practice Network Webinar: How to Build an Effective and Impactful Skills-Based Program

Join VolunteerMatch, Common Impact and Fidelity Investments for a free Best Practice Network webinar about skills-based volunteerism.Skills-Based Volunteerism (SBV) is becoming a key strategy that companies across the nation are using to deepen their engagement with communities while building the skills and talents of their employees.

Join Common Impact and Fidelity Investments to learn how companies create, grow and evaluate skills-based volunteer programs that fit their culture, core business, and community strategies.

Skills-Based Volunteerism as a Corporate Strategy: How to Build an Effective and Impactful Skills-Based Program

Common Impact will share the different models companies can use to approach SBV, the barriers they face, and the tools and resources available to help overcome them.  Common Impact’s long-time partner, Fidelity Investments, will share how SBV helps the company to achieve its community engagement goals.

This webinar will help both companies and individuals unlock the power of strategic cross-sector partnerships and skills-based service in the areas where you live and work.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
10-11 a.m. PT (1-2 p.m. ET)
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About Our Speakers: 

Danielle Holly
Executive Director, Common Impact

Danielle Holly serves as the Executive Director at Common Impact, an organization building stronger communities by facilitating collaborations between global companies and locally focused nonprofits. She works closely with Common Impact’s corporate partners to develop strategic community partnerships, develop employees’ talents, and help them to achieve both their business and community impact goals. Danielle is considered one of the leading experts on skills-based volunteerism and has helped numerous corporations and nonprofits navigate the new era in skills-based volunteering.

Laura (Hudson) Hamre
Senior Director, Community Relations, Fidelity Investments

A 7-year veteran of Fidelity Investments, Laura Hudson Hamre serves as Senior Director, Community Relations, supporting 11 regions across the United States. Ms. Hamre crafts strategy in support of national community outreach efforts engaging employee volunteers. Her role also includes managing the firm’s relationship with HandsOn Network and overseeing the signature School Transformation Days.

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Upcoming Special Webinar: A 360-Degree View of Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships

This month VolunteerMatch presents a special joint edition of our Nonprofit Insights and Best Practice Network webinar series. We invite our nonprofit and corporate members to come together and learn from experts in building strong volunteer partnerships.

Join VolunteerMatch for a special joint webinar about corporate nonprofit partnerships.What are the key ingredients for a successful corporate-nonprofit volunteer partnership? How can nonprofits and businesses, no matter the size, industry or level of experience, create a strong relationship for employee volunteer programs?

This month VolunteerMatch is offering a special joint edition of the Nonprofit Insights and Best Practice Network webinar series, as we welcome three experts in corporate-nonprofit partnerships to tackle these questions from multiple perspectives: Nonprofit consultant Mazarine Treyz will represent the small nonprofit viewpoint, Desiree Adaway of The Adaway Group will provide the voice of large organizations, and Amanda Lenaghan from the Charles Schwab Foundation will present the corporate angle.

A 360-Degree View of Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
11am – 12pm PT (2-3pm ET)

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Whether you work at a nonprofit or a corporation, this webinar will teach you the critical focus areas for partnering across sectors to create fulfilling, engaging and high-impact employee volunteer programs.

About Our Speakers:

Amanda Lenaghan is Manager of the Charles Schwab FoundationAmanda Lenaghan has a deep passion for connecting people with opportunities to use their talent to make an impact. As Manager of the Charles Schwab Foundation, Amanda leads the employee volunteer strategy and is responsible for engaging Schwab’s 13,000 employees in service. Amanda has nearly a decade of experience in volunteerism, philanthropy, and nonprofit management.

Prior to Schwab, she served as Deputy Director of Taproot Foundation, the nation’s leader in pro bono service. There she led their award winning Service Grant program in the Bay Area and advised corporations on effectively engaging their employees and clients in service. Amanda’s background also includes managing nonprofit fundraising campaigns totaling $10 million, leading community development programs in Ecuador, and competing as a varsity track athlete at Georgetown University.

Desiree Adaway has over 20 years experience creating, leading and managing international, multicultural teams through major organizational changes in over 40 countries.Desiree Adaway has over 20 years experience creating, leading and managing international, multicultural teams through major organizational changes in over 40 countries. Her deep level of expertise in fundraising, grant management, and environmental, social justice, and faith-based initiatives, allows her to offer specific insights that help organizations achieve consistent, quality program results at the chapter, national, and international levels.

Mazarine Treyz is the author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising and other popular, well-reviewed books on nonprofit fundraising.Mazarine Treyz is the author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising, called one of the Top 10 books of 2010 by Beth Kanter, author of the Networked Nonprofit. Her second book is The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media, published 2012, given a 5 star rating by Joanne Fritz, editor, Nonprofit.About.com. Her latest book, Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide, was published April 2013. Ms. Treyz has raised over $1M for small, national and international nonprofit organizations via grants, events, appeals and more.

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2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Insights: Download the Free Report and Join the Conversation

Download the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Insights Report for FreeOn May 16-17, 2013, VolunteerMatch welcomed 125 participants from over 66 companies to New York, NY, for the annual VolunteerMatch Client Summit. From inspirational keynotes to innovative workshops and Best Practice Cafe’s, this year’s gathering recharged attendees to feel empowered to make a difference in their companies and communities.

With support from New York University, JetBlue, Newell-Rubbermaid and 3BL Media, attendees and thought leaders met at New York University’s Kimmel Center for University Life for two days of best practice sharing, learning, networking and laughing.

As we reflect on the collaboration that inspires us to get together every year, we are thrilled to offer all of YOU, whether you attended the Summit this year or not, the opportunity to join the conversations that have sparked from this great event.

The 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Insights Report is now available to download for free on our website. This gives you access to summaries and reflections of every single keynote presentation, Best Practice Cafe and workshop that took place during the conference.

What is the business case for CSR presented by Jeffrey Hollender? How can your company successfully implement and run a pro bono program? How does Platon’s world-renowned photography inspire responsible business practices? Who won the 2013 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards, and why?

Download a free copy of the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Insights Report now, and find out.

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