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!

Learn How Major Companies are Using Employee Volunteer Software at #VMSolChat

Want to know why companies love VolunteerMatch Solutions for managing, growing, and showing off the impact of their employee volunteer programs?

Join the #VMSolChat Twitter Chat!

Who should join:
Corporate social responsibility professionals, employee engagement proponents, corporate volunteering enthusiasts.

When it’s happening:
Thursday July 23rd, 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET)

How to Join

Prepare for the chat by reading the questions below. Or wait, and be surprised! These questions will be asked of current VolunteerMatch clients, specifically Time Warner Cable and Apollo Group, throughout the hour. Feel free to bring your own questions, too.

Then, log onto Twitter on July 23rd at 11 am (2 pm ET). Follow the hashtag #VMSolChat. Stay engaged with your favorite Twitter client (we recommend


  • How does your Employee Volunteerism Tool support your Employee Volunteer Program?
  • How do you utilize the many features offered through the VolunteerMatch platform  to support employee volunteerism?
  • How do you use reporting/measurement tools to illustrate social change?
  • Have you increased employee volunteerism in your organization year over year? Why do you think employees are more inclined to volunteer now than they were a year ago?
  • What advice do you have for employee volunteer management tool prospects?

You’ll meet new people (virtually), learn a lot, and most importantly, have FUN!

Registration Now Open for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit!

Come Together at the 2015 VolunteerMatch SummitHow does that song go? Come together, right now, over… volunteering.

Well, not quite. But The Beatles would probably approve of the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit (appropriately themed “Come Together)’s mission:

To explore ways to work across sectors, harnessing knowledge, resources and passions of volunteers to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

So, who should attend this one-of-a-kind event?

If you manage your company’s employee volunteer program, this summit is for you. If you’re a CSR professional looking for better ways to work with nonprofits, this summit is for you. If you’re with a national nonprofit and are looking for better ways to work with corporate partners, this summit is also for you.

And if you’re looking for a place to network and learn from others doing similar work with employee volunteerism, and also hear from industry experts, this summit is for you.

Registration is now open, so reserve your spot today.

CSR Food For Thought: Is Shared Value Really the New CSR?

VolunteerMatch's CSR Food for Thought SeriesThe CSR Food for Thought series is a roundup of relevant news from around the web that you may have missed last week, presented to you in one bite-sized post.

Can Shared Value Surpass the Promise of CSR?
Is shared valued doomed to become just another buzz word? Or is it on its way to becoming a groundbreaking concept that changes business everywhere? This article from New Global Citizen (co-written by John Holm and Volunteer Engagement 2.0 contributor Deirdre White) eloquently, thoughtfully, and realistically reflects on these questions and more, borrowing from the recent Shared Value Leadership Summit.

Deloitte Kicks Off Year-Round Citizenship Commitment with 16th Annual Nationwide Day of Service
Deloitte sees Impact Day, their annual day of service, as a celebration. Why? Impact Day is just a small part of the volunteerism Deloitte employees do year-round. On Impact Day, which coincides with the start of their fiscal year, they take time to celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year, and get excited for the coming year’s activities. All while spending the day giving back. We love this model of employee volunteerism, don’t you? Let us know what you think by tweeting to us @VM_Solutions.

Volkswagen Puts Forests on the Ledger
We all know that cars aren’t exactly good for the environment. However, for right now at least, people still need cars. So, what’s a car company to do? If you’re Volkswagen, you take steps to offset the carbon emissions of your vehicles. Check out this Triple Pundit article for the full details on this large CSR undertaking from Volkswagen, and the partnerships that are making it possible.

Do Corporate Mega Mergers Inhibit Social Responsibility?
“Frequent mega mergers are the antithesis of strong, sustainable corporate culture,” boldly states this article from The Guardian. Using a case study of Coca-Cola vs. PepsiCo to back up its claims, it looks at how mergers can distract, leading to both major mishaps and lack of focus on CSR strategy. Without multiple examples, it’s hard to tell if mergers and weak CSR are actually linked. What do you think? Share your thoughts by tweeting to @VM_Soltuions.

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

Why GM and Apollo Education Group Say Volunteering is Transformational

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Sabin Blake, General Motors

VolunteerMatch caught up with some of the speakers, sponsors and presenters from the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit and asked them what they thought about the event and about corporate volunteerism. We heard from General Motors, MGM Resorts International, and ConAgra Foods, to name a few.

Sabin Blake of General Motors said, “Volunteerism has been absolutely transformational for our organization… I think it’s really helpful to hear from other companies their perspective of the challenges they’ve gone through to create a program, to sustain a program.”


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Lauren Keeler, Apollo Education Group

Lauren Keeler of Apollo Education Group said, “Volunteering has been transformational for our company because it really gives our employees the chance to get to know another facet of our organization. They get to understand more about our community impact and our values. It provides them an opportunity to get to know each other on a different level when they’re not in the office.”

Find out what everyone else had to say. Watch the interviews.


Hey, Over Here! The Best Place to Discuss Volunteering & CSR

We might be biased. But we LOVE our blog. Volunteering is CSR is a challenge to companies to include volunteerism as a prominent part of their corporate social responsibility – because it pays off in so many ways.

But you know what Screenshot of Volunteering & Corporate Social Responsibility LinkedIn Groupelse we love? Lively conversation about best practices, news, and events around volunteering and CSR. Join the LinkedIn group exclusively for CSR professionals like you – people interested in the role volunteerism plays in a robust CSR program.

Don’t miss out! Dive into the discussion with fellow CSR professionals and thought leaders today. See you there – we can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

(While you’re at it, follow VM Solutions’ LinkedIn page for event announcements, CSR stories, white papers, and more.)

CSR Food For Thought: How an Employee Volunteer Program Saves You Money

Image of wheat growing in the sun.The CSR Food for Thought series is a weekly roundup of relevant news from around the Web, presented to you in one bite-sized blog post. Follow us on Twitter for CSR news and trends throughout the week: @VM_Solutions.

The Business Case for Employee Volunteer & Skills Giving Programs
In this post from Charities@Work, Sarah Ford dives deep into how employee volunteer programs (EVPs) can boost employee retention. She touches on the top 10 reasons people leave their jobs and explains how employee volunteerism can help with each one. But she doesn’t stop there – she’s got the numbers to back it up. This post is well researched, and well worth the read.

What is the REAL Employee Engagement Definition? [Video]
Entrepreneur and author Kevin Kruse wants to make sure “everyone is on the same page” when it comes to an employee engagement definition. He starts by explaining what employee engagement is NOT – it’s not just satisfaction and it’s not just happiness. Well then, what is it? Find out in this short video.

CEOs Sign OIWC Pledge to Advance Women’s Leadership in the Outdoor Industry
Change often starts at the top, according to this article from SocialEarth. That’s why the CEO of REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.), along with 13 other CEOs of outdoor companies, signed a pledge to promote women’s leadership. The REI Foundation went a step further by granting $1.5 million to OIWC (Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition) for mentorship and entrepreneurship programs.

How Can Brands Build a Culture of Responsibility?
This CSRwire post advocates for a shared CSR vision between employees, shareholders, and customers. It suggests that companies shift their values from consumerism to citizenship, and perhaps shift their focus from corporate social responsibility (CSR) to creating shared value (CSV). Don’t let the acronyms intimidate you – this post includes some interesting perspectives on what it means to be a company in our changing world.