Client Partnerships Sears, Rebuilding Together, and The Nashville Floods

We\'re often inspired by the creative collaborations and effective giving efforts of our corporate partners. This month, Rebuilding Together Nashville, an affiliate of the nationally-recognized nonprofit affordable housing developer Rebuilding Together, partnered with another VolunteerMatch client Sears Holdings to reconstruct hundreds of homes that were severely damaged by floods in the Nashville area earlier this year [...]

How To Start An Office Volunteer Group With Little Time and Resources, And A Lot of Good

Yes, I understand you’re busy. With work, the family, tasks that need to be done - - there just isn’t time to volunteer. Well, what if I told you that, with only a handful of people and one or two lunch-hours a month, you could establish and run a volunteer group for your office? I know, sounds like an Infomercial pitch. But it’s true, and I’ve done it. Case in point: Kia Motors America. With a simple goal to encourage Kia’s 500+ employees to serve the community, a group of 10 employees banded together to form a “Kia In Action Volunteer Committee” [...]

The Entrepreneurs Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation released their 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report

Earlier this year Entrepreneurs Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation released the 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report [PDF], a study examining how and why Silicon Valley companies participate in philanthropic and community initiatives. The Corporate Citizenship 2010 report revealed that despite the recession, giving in Silicon Valley has increased due largely to the growth of in-kind donations. Although corporate giving strategies have changed in response to the economy, health and human services, and [...]

Tom’s of Maine Partners with VolunteerMatch for 50 States for Good Cause Campaign

Last month Tom\'s of Maine, a maker of natural personal care products, partnered with VolunteerMatch for their second annual \"50 States for Good\" cause campaign that supports \"the goodness\" of grassroots community projects. At the conclusion of the campaign, five nonprofits will split a $100,000 \"Community Action Fund,\" as well as a commitment from Tom\'s of Maine and VolunteerMatch to recruit volunteers for their community projects. In honor of the company\'s 40th anniversary, a panel of judges from the social change arena selected 41 deserving nonprofits as finalists to be voted on [...]

Global Strategic Management Institute Hosts CSR Performance Summit ‘CSR & The Sustainability Scorecard’ This October

VolunteerMatch is happy to inform our audience of research and events that can help guide employee volunteer administrators and CSR professionals through these difficult issues. \"CSR and the Sustainability Scorecard 2010,\" an annual conference by the Global Strategic Management Institute will once again be a great place to unpack some of the ideas and see what\'s really working. The event, which takes place October 26-28 in San Francisco, Calif., brings [...]

After Haiti: What Your Employee Volunteer Program Can Do

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce\'s Business Civic Leadership Center, within a week of the Haiti earthquake, more than 120 firms had pledged some $106 million in aid for the beleaguered nation – including cash, in-kind contributions, employee-matching campaigns, and customer-engagement. How can your company help? While it’s not advisable to form a response team and rush headlong to the Caribbean, there are plenty of other things your company [...]