Resource Roundup: Inspiring Blogs About Hunger

Does your reading change the world?This month VolunteerMatch is focused on all the ways we can fight hunger. The blogs below are a great resource for exploring ways your company can get involved in the cause.

Feeding America Blog

Feeding America is the nation’s leading hunger relief organization. Their blog is run by Feeding America staff who are passionate about bringing awareness to the invisibility of hunger in America. This blog is a great place to learn more about their national outreach programs such as Hunger Child Corps and Hunger Study Research, as well as federal public policy programs such as SNAP and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP).

Notable post: Impact of Childhood Hunger on Health & Education

Action Against Hunger Blog

Action Against Hunger is an organization that is focused on responding to emergency hunger situations of war, conflict, and natural disaster. Their blog posts focus on current events, breaking news, advocacy and company partnerships. Read this blog if you’re specifically interested in international emergency relief efforts.

Notable post: Top Six Ways To Become A Savvier Social Supporter

Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Blog

Cisco’s CSR blog is a great resource for companies who are looking to implement or improve employee volunteer programs. For example, take a look at their annual giving campaign, Global Hunger Relief, which has provided over one million dollars in aid to hunger relief organizations. Or read highlights from their 2012 CSR report.

Notable post: Cisco Employees Take On Global Hunger With Local Engagement

General Mills Company Blog

A Taste of General Mills is the official company blog. Their blog provides an inside look into sustainability, social innovation, philanthropy and community engagement programs. This blog is primarily run by members of the Corporate Communications team, with occasional appearances by guest bloggers and industry experts.

Notable post: Addressing Hunger Through Food Waste Reduction

Do you follow a great hunger-related blog? Tell us about it in the comments.

(Photo derived from work of Yassine Mrabet)

Congratulations, BCLC Nominees!

Our clients make us proud.On behalf of the VolunteerMatch team, I want to offer congratulations to our seven clients that are finalists in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) 13th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards.

The “Citizens” Awards honor businesses for their societal innovations and for creating a sustained positive impact on people, communities and the environment.

Finalist for the Best Corporate Steward Award: UnitedHealth Group

Finalists for the Best Business Neighbor: Dow, General Motors and NFL

Finalist for the Best International Ambassador: FedEx

Finalist for the Best Partnership Award: Merck, General Mills & CARE (Cast your vote by 11/2!)

VolunteerMatch is proud to be supporting the employee and cause volunteering programs for such innovative and socially responsible companies. You inspire us!

Volunteering: More than Compensation for Fewer Cash Gifts

Corporate volunteering on the riseThe Chronicle of Philanthropy recently issued a special report summarizing last year’s trends in corporate charitable giving. In 2011, total cash donations showed little growth. Instead, companies began to ramp up their product giving and volunteering programs, creating stronger support for communities than a dollar donation might allow on its own.

As a basis for the study, financial information was gathered from 166 companies ranked in Fortune magazine’s list of top revenue-earners in the US. Analysis revealed that cash donations grew only 4 percent in 2011; a disappointing stat in comparison to the 13 percent rise in corporate gifting that took place between 2009 and 2010. Projections for 2012 figures are equally grim.

It’s Not Too Late – Help Your Company Make a Difference This Holiday Season

Your employees can make a difference this holiday seasonMaybe you had an unusually busy summer. Maybe you had a round of painful budget cuts. Whatever the reason, you can still have an impact during the holidays if you haven’t planned a big company campaign.

Even if you only have a small budget and just a few days or so to plan, your company and its employees can still help your company and its employees make a difference this holiday season. As always, VolunteerMatch is ready to help anyone committed to employee volunteering and corporate social responsibility. So here are a few ideas and resources:

Don’t Tell Me – Show Me! How to Do a Cause Video Right

Storytelling is an important part of an effective CSR program, and video storytelling remains on-trend. Videos are easy to share, and help translate complex issues in a way a press release or written report can’t.

Enter General Mills, an organization that gets it right. For avid report readers, the company released a short, easy-to-read “Report to the Community” breaking down how it has worked to fulfill its mission of nourishing lives. And for those who often don’t read past the headlines (ahem, guilty as charged), General Mills also released a colorful, upbeat video detailing these impacts. When this came into my inbox, I did what I rarely do, and watched the entire video.

What Will Grow from Your Employee Volunteer Program?

What will grow from your employee volunteer program?At VolunteerMatch we’re always excited when one of our corporate partners ends up in the media for their employee volunteer efforts. So you can imagine our delight when we saw an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy this summer telling the story of General Mills employees and their very special volunteer effort.

In 2009, a small group of engineers and food scientists from General Mills came up with an idea to package and donate meals to schools in Malawi, where even when children are able to make it to school, they are often too hungry to retain anything they are being taught. The initial goal for the program was to send one million meals over three years.

Three months after the start of the program, they had already surpassed this goal. In early 2011, the employee volunteer program begun by a small group at General Mills became an independent charity called Partners in Food Solutions.

CECP to Host Webcast of 11th Annual Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy Tomorrow

The CECP Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy will be announced tomorrow, June 1! The awards, among the most coveted in corporate social responsibility, draw from an exemplary pool of applications each year. Announced annually since 2000, the awards are juried by an external committee of members from the corporate, nonprofit, government, social investment, foundation, and academic sectors.

At 4:30 pm EST, Wednesday, June 1, CECP’s incoming chairman, Douglas R. Conant (current president and CEO of the Campbell Soup Co.), will present the 11th Annual Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy at CECP’s Corporate Philanthropy Summit, held at the Time Warner Center in New York City.