The 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit: Empower CSR! now, we all have the ability to make a difference. That’s what empowerment means at VolunteerMatch, and providing tools and resources to help people recognize and embrace it ties in 100% with our mission of making it easier for good people and good causes to connect.

Each year we gather our corporate partners, along with thought-leaders, academics and practitioners, to share insights that will strengthen our individual CSR communities. It is the only event focused on the unique challenges of our corporate partners, promising the chance to connect, educate and inspire!

This year, we’re proud to announce that the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will take place on May 16 and May 17 in New York City. Our theme, “Empower CSR”, holds within it the potential of every company or employee to become a force for transformation.

This year’s event will feature a keynote presentation by Jeffrey Hollender, President of Jeffrey Hollender Partners and Co-Founder of Seventh Generation. We’ll also welcome a powerful mix of top thought leaders in CSR to lead Best Practice Café sessions, including Bea Boccalandro, President of VeraWorks, Carmen Perez, Senior Research Analyst at Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Stacie Kronthal, Vice President of Partnerships at Network for Good, and Aaron Hurst, President and Founder of Taproot Foundation, among others. International Photographer Platon will also join us on the second day of the summit to talk about the power of storytelling.

Central to the annual VolunteerMatch Client Summit is the 2013 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards ceremony. On May 16, 2013, winners in the following categories will be announced:

  • Employee Volunteer Program of the Year – Large Size Business:
    Awarded to a client with outstanding performance in corporate volunteer engagement, determined by performance against four benchmark measures.
  • Employee Volunteer Program of the Year – Small-Medium Size Business:
    Awarded to a client with outstanding performance in corporate volunteer engagement, determined by performance against four benchmark measures.
  • Champions of the Year:
    Awarded to individuals representing VolunteerMatch clients that display outstanding teamwork, leadership, accomplishment, dedication and spirit.
  • Breakout Performance:
    Awarded to a new VolunteerMatch client that has shown significant success for a newly launched program.

You can check out the 2012 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Award winners here.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be profiling the 10 finalists for the two Employee Volunteer Program of the Year awards, to celebrate the success and dedication of each. We’ll also be sharing more information about each of the VolunteerMatch Client Summit speakers – so stay tuned for more juicy details!

This year’s event is generously supported by JetBlue, New York University, Newell Rubbermaid and 3BL Media.

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