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:

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

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2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Insights: Preparing Your Community for an Emergency

At the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit in New York City we welcomed a handful of experts and thought leaders in the fields of CSR and employee engagement to hold “Best Practice Café” sessions with our client attendees. Stay tuned as we share the major themes and knowledge shared during these discussions.
Does your company have a disaster preparedness and response plan? Three companies talk about best practices in a recap of a session from the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit.Session
In Case of Emergency: Engaging the Community in Disaster Response

Stacie Kronthal, Network for Good
James Rooney, Microsoft
Jim Starr, American Red Cross

Summary of Session

We covered three main topics regarding disaster response:

  • Overall Trends
  • American Red Cross Engaging the Community
  • Microsoft Corporate Citizenship
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Announcing the Winners of the 2013 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards

Announcing the winners of the 2013 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer AwardsAt the VolunteerMatch Client Summit last week in New York City we were thrilled to present the 2013 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards to five of our outstanding clients. This year’s diverse group of honorees includes repeat performers, powerful newcomers and the team behind an innovative program for residential apartment communities.


Suzane Rhee Brown of Morgan Stanley accepts the 2013 Corporate Volunteer Award for Employee Volunteer Program of the Year -  Large Business.

Suzane Rhee Brown of Morgan Stanley accepting the Employee Volunteer Program of the Year Award.

In an echo of their victories in 2012, Morgan Stanley and Old National Bank took top honors as Corporate Volunteer Programs of the Year in the Large and Small-Medium Size categories.

AT&T and 1st Source Bank were recognized for having extraordinary and successful first years in the VolunteerMatch network. And four staff members from Prometheus Real Estate Group were acknowledged for their contributions to further the practice of employee and consumer volunteer engagement by companies.



The winners of the 2013 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards are:

Debby Devenezia of AT&T accepts the 2013 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Award for Breakout Performance of the Year at the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit

Debby Devenezia of AT&T accepting their Breakout Performance of the Year Award.


Morgan Stanley


Old National Bank


1st Source Bank


Terri Lynn Cardona, Mattson Hill, Jessica Johnson, Johanna Mendribil – Prometheus Real Estate Group

Jessica Johnson of Prometheus Real Estate Group accepts the 2013 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Award for Champions of the Year at the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit.

Jessica Johnson of Prometheus Real Estate Group poses happily with Greg Price, Chief Services Officer at VolunteerMatch.

The Corporate Volunteer Awards further VolunteerMatch’s mission by recognizing outstanding achievements in volunteer engagement by businesses against a variety of performance benchmarks. The awards were announced during the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit which was help on May 16-17 at New York University.

Learn more about the 2013 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards.

To learn more about VolunteerMatch Solutions, visit:

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards – we are so proud of you!

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CSR Food for Thought: Employee Engagement Is Not A Fad

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



Skills-Based Volunteering: The New Executive Training Ground
Some believe a CEOs ability to build, develop and attract talent is the single most important thing they do as a leader. Some organizations are turning to the practice of skilled volunteering (sometimes internationally) to do all these things in one fell swoop, while also gaining benefits in the areas of R&D, business development and social impact.

Employee Engagement Is Not A Fad
Network for Good’s Kate Olsen wrapped all we truly believe in one headline: Employee Engagement Is Not a Fad. When done well, it can create deep, meaningful connections that help deliver business results, too.

The Value of Meaningful Work
We see many ties between our first three articles this week. This piece discusses the value of meaningful work – when employees can see how their work benefits customers, society and themselves. This brings us to the need for employee engagement (above) and one new method of engagement through skilled volunteering (also above). Read all three and you’ll be ready to make the case for more employee engagement in 2013 to anyone!

13 Conferences for 2013 – Plus 17 More!
Each year, we pinch our pennies and try to stretch them across as many CSR conferences as possible, limiting the scope to only the best out there. Luckily, our friends at Realized Worth have made narrowing the list easier with their top 13 conferences for 2013 – plus more in case those don’t strike your fancy. (Don’t miss the mention of the 2013 VolunteerMatch  Client Summit!)

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2012 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Insights: Video Interview with Julia Love, Adobe

The 3BL Media video team was on location at the 2012 VolunteerMatch Client Summit to capture footage and insights from the annual event. This series of videos captures comments from thought leaders and practitioners about effective community involvement programs.

Here Adobe’s Julia Love (Sr. Program Manager, CSR) talks with 3BL Media about Adobe’s commitment to global employee engagement, the importance of providing its team with tools that are easy to use, and empowering employees around an initiative.

Watch Julia Love’s video here.

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Save the Date! 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit

We’re very excited to invite our corporate partners to New York City on May 16-17, 2013 for the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit!

Each year, the VolunteerMatch Client Summit brings together our clients and partners for a day and a half of learning, networking and collaborating. We will welcome an array of guest speakers and thought leaders to share their expertise in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement. Don’t miss the only event specifically focused on the challenges and needs of companies part of the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network – mark your calendar today!

Date: May 16-17, 2013
Location: 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY
Host: New York University
More information coming soon!

View highlights from the 2012 VolunteerMatch Client Summit:


The 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit is an invite-only event for current VolunteerMatch corporate clients. To find out ways to get involved, including becoming a client or sponsoring the event, contact Lauren Wagner.

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