CSR Food For Thought: Employee Engagement Matters

CSR Food for ThoughtThe CSR Food for Thought series is a bi-weekly roundup of recent news from around the web, presented to you in one bite-sized post.

A Quick Guide to Effective Employee Engagement
From Business 2 Community: There’s no simple equation for employee engagement. But the actionable tips in this article come pretty close.

Want more? Find out how corporate volunteer programs increase employee engagement.

Integrating Corporate Citizenship across the Value Chain
From Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship: “It is clear that stakeholders are holding companies responsible not only for their own actions, but for the actions of their suppliers and business partners as well.”

7 Lessons from a Successful Corporate Social Responsibility Program
From Forbes: TCC is rocking CSR. Find out how your program can follow suit.

10th Annual Global Volunteer Month Breaks Record
From Morgan Stanley: Volunteerism at Morgan Stanley has been increasing every year for the past 10 years. And this year is no different.

Check out our feature on Morgan Stanley for Pro Bono Week 2014.

Employee Engagement for Purpose-Driven Business 101 (Or 5 Reasons Clif Bar Employees Are So Damn Happy
From Sustainable Brands: Forget triple bottom line. Clif Bar has five bottom lines. And it’s helping their business soar.

Follow us on Twitter for CSR news and trends throughout the week: @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!

Hannah’s Story: Volunteer Yoga Instructor

Hannah Moran, volunteer with Mercy Housing

Hannah Moran, volunteer with Mercy Housing

Meet Hannah.

Hannah grew up with volunteering. However, it wasn’t until she started volunteering with Mercy Housing that she realized how truly enjoyable it could be.

Using VolunteerMatch, she found an opportunity that perfectly fits her skills and passions – teaching a weekly chair yoga class to low-income seniors.

At VolunteerMatch, we make it easy for good people and good causes to connect. However, since these initial connections happen online, we don’t always get to see firsthand the impact of these numerous connections – the impact on the volunteers themselves, the organizations they volunteer with, and the communities they serve.

That’s why we went out into our community to see what volunteers who found their connections through VolunteerMatch (such as Hannah) were up to.

In the short video below, get to know the amazing work Hannah and Mercy Housing are doing together.

P.S. Learn how VolunteerMatch Solutions can help your company connect its employees with a cause that lights them up.

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!

Corporate Social Responsibility Food For Thought

CSR Food for ThoughtThe CSR Food for Thought series is a bi-weekly roundup of recent news from around the web, presented to you in one bite-sized post.

Why Startups Should Build Social Good into their DNA
From Financial Post: “There may be some investment at the outset, but in the long run you’re going to save money.” – Adrian Grenier

What Kind of Leaders are Millennials?
From U.S News: Keep your stereotypes about selfishness. Millennials want to lead by empowering others and social causes. Find out what else in this article.

And check out our own take on millennials in the workplace from the corporate volunteering perspective.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Nice Guys Finish First
From eMarketer: Yes, consumers want the companies they buy from to engage in CSR. And this article is chock full of stats to prove it.

JetBlue Moves People through Employee Engagement
From Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship: Take a thorough look at JetBlue’s hard-to-match, rockstar-level CSR efforts, including their volunteer program called Community Connection.

Want more? We interviewed JetBlue last year when they were nominated for our corporate volunteer award. Find out how they use VolunteerMatch Solutions to power their volunteering.

20+ Million LinkedIn Members Add Volunteer Section to Profile
From LinkedIn: From 0 to 20 million in less than a year. LinkedIn users show how important volunteering is to professionals.

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