2016 Charities@Work Advisory Council
2016 Charities@Work Advisory Council

The 15th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship has concluded — and what an amazing event it was! On behalf of everyone behind the scenes of the Charities@Work Alliance at America’s Charities, Community Health Charities, EarthShare and Global Impact, we thank you.

Here is where you can find the content that resulted from the Summit:

Presentations

To read the presentations from the experts and industry leaders who spoke at the Summit our click here.

Presentations

To view the list of attendees, click here.

Photos

View photos from the Summit by clicking on the links below:

2016 Corporate Impact Awards: https://www.flickr.com/photos/americas-charities/albums/72157664634949433

Day 2, March 29, 2016: https://www.flickr.com/photos/americas-charities/albums/72157666926031705

Day 3, March 30, 2016: https://www.flickr.com/photos/americas-charities/albums/72157664621584154

Twitter Dialogue

Throughout the Summit, participants engaged in a robust dialogue via Twitter, sharing photos, opinions, and even a drawing or two! To view the Twitter conversation on days 2 and 3, check out our Storify here.

Keep the conversation going! Just use the hashtag #CWSummit16 to continue the dialogue around employee engagement and workplace giving trends and best practices.

2016 Corporate Impact Awards

On March 30, 2016, Charities@Work announced Ashland Inc., Dell and Peter Dudley, Senior Vice President, Community Support Programs of Wells Fargo, winners of the 2016 Corporate Impact Awards for giving back to society in extraordinary ways. The awards were presented by the four partners that comprise Charities@Work—America’s Charities, Community Health Charities, EarthShare and Global Impact—during the 15th Annual Charities@Work Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement luncheon held at the New York Marriott Marquis. Read our press release here. View the photos of the Awards ceremony here. Learn more about the awards here.

Charities@Work Twitter Chat: #DriveChange

Let’s face it: to live in a better world, we have to act better. While a vision is often the starting point, it’s rarely enough to change behaviors or encourage good deeds. And what if you’re the only one who believes in doing well by doing good?

On Thursday, March 17, 2016, from 3:00 – 3:45 pm ET, we hosted a Twitter chat to discuss how to #DriveChange in companies through employee engagement, volunteerism and corporate social responsibility. Milinda Martin, Vice President of Community Investment at Time Warner Cable, and Peter Dudley, SVP of Community Support Programs at Wells Fargo—two iconic organizations in the CSR space—joined moderator Aman Singh, VP of Business + Social Purpose at Edelman. Participating Twitter handles included @CharitiesAtWork, @MilindaMartin, @TWC, @dudleypj, @Wells Fargo, @amansinghcsr and @EdelmanPurpose.

To view a recap of the conversation on Storify, click here.

Charities@Work Webinar: Pro Bono Volunteerism

On Tuesday, April 12, at 1:00 PM ET, we hosted a webinar featuring Dr. Linda Gornitsky of LBG Associates on Pro Bono Volunteerism: Challenges and Solutions. Pro bono volunteerism is hot with companies of all sizes trying to offer skills-based and pro bono volunteer opportunities to their employees. Although the popularity of this type of volunteerism has risen, the number of available opportunities has not. What is causing this imbalance and how can companies address this growing discrepancy? Dr. Gornitsky shared the results of her latest research study, which examines the challenges of pro bono volunteerism and suggests solutions to help fix this imbalance.

Listen to the recording and view the presentation here.

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Thank you again. If you are interested in speaking with any of the Charities@Work partners about how we can support meet your employee engagement or workplace giving programs, please contact any of the alliance partners.

CSR leaders at Fortune 500 and elsewhere connecting March 28-30 to share trends and improvements across employee engagement, workplace giving and CSR practice

[PRESS RELEASE/3BL Media] Washington, D.C. – February 29, 2016 – Charities@Work—a network of organizations that bridges the corporate and nonprofit sectors in order to achieve greater social impacttoday announced details of its full program for the 15th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship, “Bridging Worlds to Scale Impact.” Held on March 28-30, 2016, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City, the Annual Summit brings CSR practitioners across the country together to share the latest advances and thinking on employee engagement, workplace giving and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice. A new feature of this year’s agenda is the “Next Great Ideas” segment, a snapshot of innovative ideas being developed and repurposed for use in employee engagement and CSR.

The detailed agenda can be found here. Highlights include:

Next Great Ideas:

  • The World Community Grid (MARCH 28, 4:30PM-4:45PM) – Harnessing unused computing power to better the world.
    • Sheila U. Appel, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs U.S. Regional Manager, IBM
  • Leveraging #Techforgood (MARCH 29, 10:00AM-10:15AM) – Googlers Give supports UNICEF through innovative Badge-to-Donate program.
    • Susan Grotbo, Global Ops Lead, Social Responsibility, Google; Maggie Carter, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, The U.S. Fund for UNICEF
  • Transformative Engagement (MARCH 29, 2:30 PM-2:45PM) – Find out how Time Warner Cable engages all employees, from front line workers to the C-Suite, through transformative volunteerism.
    • Jim Gordon, Group Vice President of Corporate Brand and Reputation, Time Warner Cable; Milinda Martin, Vice President, Community Investment, Time Warner Cable; Jen Holick, Community Investment team, Time Warner Cable
  • Engaging Donors Through the Virtual World (MARCH 29, 4:15PM-4:30PM) – Learn how virtual reality technology is being used to connect donors on an emotional level directly to a Charity’s mission.

 Plenaries, Workshops and Panels:

  • IMPACT 2030: Global Goals Scoping Session (MARCH 28, 3:00PM-4:30PM) – Explore specific actions that can be taken to mobilize corporate volunteers to directly and substantially contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
    • Chris Jarvis, Senior Partner, Business Development, RealizedWorth
  • The Neuroscience of Volunteering and Giving (MARCH 28, 5:00PM-6:00PM) – Chris Jarvis of RealizedWorth
  • Employee Engagement: More than Diversity (MARCH 29, 8:45AM-10:00AM) – Explore best practices and opportunities to address diversity and inclusion, as well as generational and multi-cultural efforts in CSR and engagement.
    • Kimberly Young, VP of Business Development, America’s Charities; Phyllis James, EVP, Chief Diversity Officer, MGM Resorts; Cid Wilson, President & CEO Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
  • The Silo Mentality: Breaking Down Barriers (MARCH 29, 1:30PM-2:30PM) – A look at how companies are overcoming challenges with silo behaviors in their own organizations and how they can be overcome to achieve goals. Share experiences, challenges and successes in addressing this issue.
    • Sheila U. Appel, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs U.S. Regional Manager, IBM
  • Finding Purpose (MARCH 29, 4:30PM-5:45PM) – PwC will follow-up from last year’s presentation on their efforts to implement job purposing and will share eye-opening results from a recent employee survey. Join a workshop to challenge attendees to bring this to life in their own organizations and broaden the social purpose of any job.
  • 360 Degrees of Storytelling (MARCH 30, 8:45AM-10:00AM) – When it comes to unlocking people’s passion and inspiring action, storytelling is a tool that can change the world. Nowhere is this truer than at the “Sweet Spot” juncture of business, the public sector, and social good. Discover how effective storytelling is being leveraged across different technology platforms for engagement and impact, with insights and examples from thought leaders in the nonprofit, corporate, and online media sectors.
    • Robin Perkins, Director, Communications and Marketing, EarthShare; Dave Armon, Chief Marketing Officer, 3BL Media; Susan Heaney, Director of Marketing, Rainforest Alliance; Helen Sahi, Senior Director, Sustainability, Avery Dennison
  • CSR 365: Best Practices of Year-round Engagement (MARCH 30, 10:30AM-NOON) – Year-round engagement is a new reality, but comes with its challenges. This will be a highly engaging session with panelists sharing successes and challenges with their evergreen engagement programs. Attendees will then interact to develop ideas that can be used to enrich year-round activities in their companies.
  • Companies & Causes: Moving from Responsible to Exceptional (MARCH 30, 1:30PM-2:30PM) – This session will highlight the process and challenges of creating signature and cause-driven programs that align business strategy with a company’s CSR goals.

Peer-to-Peer Breakout Sessions:

  • Strategic Volunteerism: Stop Painting the Same Wall Seven Times (MARCH 29, 10:30AM-Noon) – Address steps to bridge the gap between corporate goals, employee desires and nonprofit needs when it comes to structuring a valuable and successful company volunteering program. Identify solutions to a real-life volunteerism scenario and discuss the key strategies the most successful corporate volunteering leaders use to drive awareness and employee engagement.
  • Environmental Sustainability & the Engagement Continuum (MARCH 29, 10:30AM-Noon) – Environmental sustainability ranks consistently as a top issue for next generation employees, but engaging a workforce on such a broad topic can be challenging. This session will guide participants through the stages of the Engagement Continuum on how to build the awareness, connection and commitment that leads to action, to help you meet employees where they are, guide them toward their individual commitments and unleash their entrepreneurial spirits, and achieve action-oriented results at work and in their communities.
  • Engaging Health Nonprofits in Your Wellness Strategy (MARCH 29, 2:45PM-4:00PM) – Learn how companies have moved beyond traditional resources and incorporated health nonprofits to make a positive impact on their employees to help them understand how to manage their conditions and what resources are available to them.
  • Effective Disaster Relief (MARCH 29, 2:45PM-4:00PM) – There are many challenges to consider when integrating disaster relief into CSR programs – from aligning global and emerging markets, to representing employee interests and choosing the right funding recipients. Join this session for an in-depth overview on how to develop your disaster relief strategy and a look at common pitfalls to avoid.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Michael I. Norton, co-author of “Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending,” will provide the keynote address on Tuesday, March 29, at noon ET. Norton is the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School (HBS), and a member of Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group. In 2012, Norton was selected for Wired Magazine’s Smart List as one of “50 People Who Will Change the World” and his TEDx talk, How to Buy Happiness, has been viewed more than 3 million times.
  • Jeffrey Vargas is the Chief Learning Officer for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), an independent federal agency that regulates the 600 trillion dollar swaps, futures and options financial marketplace. Vargas will provide the keynote on Wednesday, March 30, at noon ET. He is ranked as one of the nation’s top experts on understanding generational differences with an emphasis on building generational synergy in the federal workplace.

Tickets to the 2016 Charities@Work Annual Summit are $650 for the standard three day pass; $450 for the one day pass on Tuesday only; $350 for Monday half-day only; and $350 for half-day Wednesday only. Charities@Work has secured a group rate at the New York Marriott Marquis, nestled in the heart of Times Square. To book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations and receive updated information about the event, visit http://charitiesatwork.org/annual-summit/2016-2/.

Charities@Work Sponsors and Technology Partners

Charities@Work is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and technology partners. Charities@Work extends its gratitude to Underwriter Sponsors – Time Warner Cable and Wells Fargo; Cornerstone Sponsor – Prudential; Benefactor Sponsors – Best Buy, New York Life, PricewaterhouseCoopers, UnitedHealth Group; Patron Sponsors – PIMCO Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation; In-Kind Sponsors – 3BL Media, COMMIT!Forum, and RealizedWorth; Showcase Technology Partner – MicroEdge; and Standard Technology Partners – Benevity, DoTopia, GIVINGtrax, Good Done Great, Innovations for Learning, INPEx, JK Group, VolunteerMatch, YouGiveGoods, and YourCause. The 2016 Charities@Work Annual Summit is an official conference of Impact 2030.

Opportunities to invest in Charities@Work are still available. For information about sponsorship and technology partner opportunities, please contact Lynne Filderman at lfilderman@charities.org.

To find out more information about this year’s Charities@Work Best Practices Summit, visit http://charitiesatwork.org/annual-summit/2016-2/.

About Charities@Work

Charities@Work bridges the corporate and nonprofit sectors in order to achieve greater social impact. Charities@Work is an alliance of four nonprofit organizations – America’s Charities, Community Health Charities, EarthShare and Global Impact – that collectively represent more than 2,500 of the most respected and effective international, national and local nonprofits. These four networks exist to facilitate interaction and partnerships between charities, companies and their employees for meaningful outcomes and impact for all parties.

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Media Contact: Lindsay Nichols, America’s Charities, lnichols@charities.org

Linda B. Gornitsky, Ph.D.
Linda B. Gornitsky, Ph.D.

Join us on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, from 1:00 – 1:55 pm ET!

Pro bono volunteerism is “hot” with companies of all sizes trying to offer skills-based and pro bono volunteer opportunities to their employees. Although the popularity of this type of volunteerism has risen, the number of available opportunities have not risen. What is causing this imbalance between demand (companies) and supply (nonprofits) and how can companies address this growing discrepancy?

Join this free hour-long webinar to hear Dr. Linda Gornitsky of LBG Associates share the results of her latest research study, which examines the challenges of pro bono volunteerism and suggests solutions to help fix this imbalance. We will end with a 10-minute Q&A session.

Can’t wait for the webinar? Read the executive summary of LBG Associate’s publication, “Balancing Pro Bono Supply and Demand: Challenges and Solutions From the Nonprofit Point of View

REGISTER HERE: bit.ly/1VA9Xzr  

Presenters:

Dr. Linda Gornitsky is president and founder of LBG Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in the development of strategic corporate citizenship and corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. As part of the strategy development, she conducts benchmarking, community attitude and evaluation studies, image-building/communications campaigns and efficient management practices. Clients have included: Aramark, BMW, Capital One, Con Edison, CSX, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, FedEx, Moody’s, Neutrogena, Nielsen Research Media, Pitney Bowes, State Street Corp, Timberland, Toyota and Verizon. More about Linda.

(Moderator) Nicole McKinney is senior director, campaign engagement at Global Impact, one of the four organizing partners at the heart of Charities@Work. Nicole oversees a team that works with nearly 100 private sector and over 300 public sector entities to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international relief and development charities. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.6 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

We hope to “see” you on March 2 – and to see you in person on March 28-30 at our upcoming Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement. Learn more and register here.


3BL VDay

Since you are the heart of our Annual Summit, we decided to extend an early Valentine’s Day treat…we have extended our early bird registration discount until February 15! So what are you waiting for? Go to http://charitiesatwork.org/annual-summit/2016-2/ to register and use EARLYBIRD2016 at checkout to save $100 off Standard 3 Day Pass.

Want to share the love? Nominate the rock stars in your life for an employee engagement and CSR award:

Our 2016 Corporate Impact Awards will be presented on March 30, 2016, in New York, New York, as part of our annual Best Practices Summit. Each year, we seek to recognize outstanding work in the field of employee engagement, CSR and campaign management through this mechanism. This year we’re recognizing one business and one individual that have given back to society in extraordinary ways:

  • The Corporate Excellence Award honors one corporation for overall excellence in philanthropic giving, employee engagement or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Nominations are open to any company with an employee giving and volunteer program.
  • The Individual Partner of the Year Award is awarded to an employee of a major company who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in her or his community. In addition, this award recognizes the individual who works to advance the continuum of engagement (giving, volunteerism and education) within their company and one who has served as an exceptional partner to the nonprofit giving partners. Individual Partner award candidates must come from a company that has a giving or broader employee engagement program.

Nominations are due at the end of the day on Friday, February 15.

Thank you for helping us spread the love this Valentine’s season!

volunteers-matter

America’s Charities has conducted research on the trends in employee engagement and workplace giving for the past three years – compiled in our series of Snapshot reports. Each year, the importance of employee volunteering rises to the surface as an area of growing importance. But what’s interesting is that the anecdotal stories and real life case studies haven’t changed that much. Consider this real world example (names have been changed):

Development Director Kathy, of the local office of a national nonprofit, Emergency Relief, was called by one of its biggest supporters – a multinational pharmaceutical company, Smith & Brown (S&B). S&B typically donates to Emergency Relief about $100,000 a year locally and more nationally. S&B’s Community Relations Director, Maria, called to say that a group of employees wanted to volunteer together – to team build and do good. Maria explained to Kathy that they were looking to volunteer the following week for about half a day. S&B being such a valuable partner, Kathy’s immediate response was “Fantastic. I’ll get back to you with details in a couple of days.”

 

After hanging up the phone with Maria, Kathy immediately called their Volunteer Director, Ryan, and explained the great opportunity to him. Ryan patiently listened and when Kathy was done, informed her that there weren’t any volunteer opportunities next week that would be of value to Emergency Relief that fit those parameters. That was not the answer Kathy was looking for as S&B was a significant partner. So both Kathy and Ryan visited Amy, their Programs and Services Director. After some discussion, Ryan suggested that a group of volunteers could come in and pack Relief Kits (handed out to people impacted by a disaster.) Kathy loved it – she could bring them into the warehouse and have S&B employees pack items into bags. Amy informed Kathy of a couple of things: (1) Emergency Relief bought relief kits in bulk for very cheap; (2) the warehouse was full of relief kits, so more weren’t really needed; and (3) someone would need to purchase the individual items for the relief kits for this volunteer activity.

 

All three valued their relationship with S&B so they came up with a plan to make it happen. On the appointed day, Maria and the group of volunteers showed up for the activity. They learned more about Emergency Relief and got a chance to help. Kathy and Maria did a quick follow-up a couple of days after. Maria said the employees enjoyed themselves and were hoping they’d get a chance to do something more “direct service” next time. None of those who participated signed up to be a regular volunteer, though one did switch their payroll deducted contribution to Emergency Relief as a result of their experience. And everyone went back to their regular routine.
One of the top 6 employee engagement trends identified in Snapshot 2015
One of the top 6 employee engagement trends identified in Snapshot 2015

Sound familiar? Don’t worry, it unfortunately happens every day in hundreds of well-meaning organizations and nonprofits. While the employees in our example were able to volunteer as a group and with a partner nonprofit, it didn’t address a critical need of the nonprofit. And there wasn’t any follow up or lasting impact as a result of the engagement – for either side. At its core, this was a transactional experience among partners, instead of a meaningful opportunity to strengthen a strategic relationship.

One of the six top trends revealed in our Snapshot 2015 – The New Corporate DNA report is the importance of making sure the needs and expectations of all stakeholders are understood and aligned.

In fact, our research shows that the importance of workplace volunteering is accelerating. It is the second most important component of employee engagement programs in 2015, up from the fifth most important in our Snapshot 2013 research. 68% of large companies had volunteering as a component of their program in 2013. In 2015, that figure leaped to 92%.

However, our Snapshot 2014 research showed that nonprofits are struggling to meet this demand. More than 70% of companies want their volunteer opportunities to allow for team building, requiring activities that can be done in groups. 82% say this is important to their employees. However, nonprofits often struggle to find meaningful work that can be accomplished in groups and on short notice. Yet they feel obligated to provide some volunteer activity as they value the partnership and don’t want to jeopardize the financial support they receive from the partner.

It’s clear that more and more employees want to donate their time and more employers are providing opportunities for that. Nonprofits are recognizing this trend and searching for ways to maximize the engagement.

What needs to happen is more than offering and accepting employee volunteers. Alignment between the needs of nonprofits, the interests of employees and the expectations of employers is crucial – for all parties. There are several ways to accomplish this quickly:

  1. Work with trusted partners. This applies to both the company and the nonprofit. It should be easy for one to say to the other “No, but how about this solution?” Trust makes that conversation natural.
  2. Describe success. Each should describe what they hope to achieve through the volunteer engagement. That means asking questions and answering openly.
  3. Leverage technology. Nonprofits should make sure their volunteer opportunities – both group and individual – are posted on volunteering and employee engagement platforms companies are using. Companies should look at these as a first stop so they have a sense of the types of volunteer activities nonprofits need.
  4. Follow up. Evaluate how the activity went. Identify ways not only to improve, but to continue and deepen the engagement of the employees in the mission of the nonprofit.

Four little steps, but each important and empowers all sides of the partnership to ensure interactions move from merely transactional to truly transformational for each party.

Limitations must also be realized: companies need to understand that not every nonprofit has volunteer opportunities that match their needs or their employees’ expectations. And nonprofits need to understand that companies respect and expect dialogue about their needs. A nonprofit shouldn’t automatically tie a company’s financial gift to their ability to provide a meaningful volunteer experience. However limitations can also be an opportunity for a different kind of engagement.

As COO and Chief Development Officer for America’s Charities, I’ve seen strategic partnerships from all angles: the good, the bad, and the ugly. I can tell you from first-hand experience that the road to success is all about starting a dialogue, leveraging available technology and building deeper partnerships!

Want to dig a bit deeper? Join me at the Charities@Work Annual Summit on 10:30 am ET on Tuesday, March 29, for the peer-to-peer breakout I am facilitating. Together, we will address steps to bridge the gap between corporate goals, employee desires and nonprofit needs when it comes to structuring a valuable and successful company volunteering program. We’ll dive deeper into real-life volunteerism scenarios, and in doing discuss the key strategies the most successful corporate volunteering leaders use to drive awareness and employee engagement. Register here for the Charities@Work conference to take advantage of the early bird discount (now through 2/15!): http://charitiesatwork.org/annual-summit/2016-2/

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Jim Starr, America's Charities COO and Chief Business Development Officer
Jim Starr, America’s Charities COO and Chief Business Development Officer

Jim Starr is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Business Development Officer of America’s Charities, one of the four organizations that organizes the annual Charities@Work summit. Jim manages day-to-day operations and leads the organization’s business development strategy. As an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of experience and a proven track record in the nonprofit and healthcare sectors, Jim has served in national and field executive leadership roles with multi-million dollar revenue and expense targets. He has led efforts to bring corporations and nonprofits together in meaning and impactful ways. He also brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, business development, and partnerships.

2016 Corporate Impact Awards
This could be you! Photo courtesy of The Guardian

Will the winners of our 2016 Corporate Impact Awards take a selfie (a la Ellen’s Oscars selfie)? Only time will tell! The important thing is that we recognize and honor the people and companies actively making a difference in their communities. Nominations are due February 8. Find out  more here: http://charitiesatwork.org/annual-summit/2016-2/awards/

This year we have two awards:

-The Individual Partner of the Year Award recognizes an employee who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in her or his community. In addition, this award recognizes the individual who works to advance the continuum of engagement (education, volunteerism, giving) within their company.

-The Corporate Excellence Award is given annually to one corporation for overall excellence in philanthropic giving, employee engagement or Corporate Social Responsibility.

What are you waiting for? Nominate your rock stars today! We can’t promise Meryl Streep will be in the audience, but we CAN promise you a good time.

Nearly 200 Top CSR Professionals to Gather and Learn From Expert-Led Sessions on Diversity and Inclusion, Storytelling, Breaking Down Silos, Finding Purpose, Employee Engagement Best Practices and More

 

Keynote Speaker Michael I. Norton
Keynote Speaker Michael I. Norton

[Press Release] Washington, D.C. – January 14, 2016 – Charities@Work—a network of organizations that bridges the corporate and nonprofit sectors in order to achieve greater social impact—today announced the program of its 15th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship, “Bridging Worlds to Scale Impact.” Held on March 28-30, 2016, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City, the Annual Summit features Michael I. Norton, co-author of “Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending,” as keynote speaker.

The Annual Summit is made possible by multiple generous supporters. We extend our gratitude to Underwriter Sponsor – Wells Fargo; Benefactor Sponsors – Best Buy, New York Life, PricewaterhouseCoopers, UnitedHealthGroup and 3BL; Showcase Technology Partners – Causecast and MicroEdge; and Standard Technology Partners – Benevity, Dotopia, Good Done Great, Innovations for Learning and JK Group.

2016 Summit Program

The Charities@Work Annual Summit will kick-off at 2 pm ET on Monday, March 28, and wrap-up at 3 pm ET on Wednesday, March 30. The program includes a comprehensive mix of panel discussions, interactive workshops, breakouts and small group work on topics related to employee engagement and workplace giving, including:

  • Addressing diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism in CSR efforts
  • Sharing successes and challenges of developing year-round programs
  • Acknowledging and overcoming silos to achieve goals
  • Helping employees find their purpose; broadening the social purpose of any job
  • The impact of storytelling on engagement and philanthropy, and the elements that make an effective story
  • Introducing causes into CSR and giving programs and the achievements and opportunities that arise
  • Groundbreaking ideas that are changing the face of employee engagement and workplace giving
  • Smaller breakouts on engaging health charities, the engagement continuum, incorporating disaster relief into your programs, and aligning volunteer programs to meet company goals, employee desires and nonprofit needs

The Michael I. Norton, the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School (HBS), and a member of Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group, will provide the keynote talk on Tuesday, March 29. In 2012, he was selected for Wired Magazine’s Smart List as one of “50 People Who Will Change the World” and his TEDx talk, How to Buy Happiness, has been viewed more than 3 million times. Norton holds a B.A. in Psychology and English from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University. Prior to joining HBS, Professor Norton was a Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Scenes from the 2015 Summit
Scenes from the 2015 Summit

Early Bird Registration and Lodging Accommodations

A more detailed agenda with specific times and confirmed speakers is coming soon. Tickets to the 2016 Charities@Work Annual Summit are $650 for the standard three day pass; $450 for the one day pass on Tuesday only; $350 for Monday half-day only; and $350 for half-day Wednesday only. For a limited time only: Use EARLYBIRD2016 at checkout to save $100 off the standard three day pass.

Charities@Work has secured a group rate at the New York Marriott Marquis, nestled in the heart of Times Square. To book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations and receive updated information about the event, visit http://charitiesatwork.org/annual-summit/2016-2/.

2016 Corporate Impact Awards

Each year, Charities@Work seeks to recognize outstanding work in the field of employee engagement, CSR and campaign management through its Corporate Impact Awards. This year we’re recognizing one business and one individual that have given back to society in extraordinary ways:

  • The Corporate Excellence Award honors one corporation for overall excellence in philanthropic giving, employee engagement or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Nominations are open to any company with an employee giving and volunteer program and can be submitted by completing the attached nomination form and accompanying description essays. Nominations must be submitted by February 8, 2016.
  • The Individual Partner of the Year Award is awarded to an employee of a major company who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in her or his community. In addition, this award recognizes the individual who works to advance the continuum of engagement (giving, volunteerism and education) within their company and one who has served as an exceptional partner to the nonprofit giving partners. Individual Partner award candidates must come from a company that has a giving or broader employee engagement program. Nominators must complete the attached nomination form and accompanying description essays. Nominations must be submitted by February 8, 2016.

To learn more or apply, visit http://charitiesatwork.org/annual-summit/2016-2/awards/.

To find out more information about this year’s Charities@Work Best Practices Summit or to take advantage of our early bird registration discounts, visit http://charitiesatwork.org/annual-summit/2016-2/. For questions about Corporate Impact Awards, contact Steve Greenhalgh at sgreenhalgh@healthcharities.org. For information about sponsorship and technology partner opportunities, please contact Lynne Filderman at lfilderman@charities.org.

About Charities@Work

Charities@Work bridges the corporate and nonprofit sectors in order to achieve greater social impact. Charities@Work is an alliance of four nonprofit organizations – America’s Charities, Community Health Charities, EarthShare and Global Impact – that collectively represent more than 2,500 of the most respected and effective international, national and local nonprofits. These four networks exist to facilitate interaction and partnerships between charities, companies and their employees for meaningful outcomes and impact for all parties.

 

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Media Contact:

Lindsay Nichols,

America’s Charities

lnichols@charities.org

 

Read the full press release on 3BL: http://3blmedia.com/News/Happy-Money-Author-Michael-I-Norton-Keynote-15th-Annual-CharitiesWork-Best-Practices-Summit

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Charities@Work 15th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship, sponsored by New York Life, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wells Fargo, and 3BL Media!

What: The Summit promises to be the most interactive summit yet. Fresh new speakers and valuable content will be presented through plenary sessions, workshops and peer-to-peer breakout sessions. This year’s theme is “Bridging Worlds to Scale Impact.”

When: Monday-Wednesday, March 28-30, 2016

Captured at 2015 Charities@Work Annual Summit
Captured at 2015 Charities@Work Annual Summit

Where: New York Marriott Marquis, nestled in the heart of Times Square: 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Please visit the online registration system to reserve your room. This link is specific to the Charities@Work Annual Summit and guarantees the group rate. There you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations and receive updated information about the event.

Why: The Annual Charities@Work Summit is one of the country’s leading conferences on employee engagement. Attendees include Fortune 500 companies across all sectors of business, each with philanthropic and employee engagement programs of varying sophistication and a desire to collaborate on best practices for practical improvements.

Attendees will interact with speakers from a variety of backgrounds, professions, and fields, all aiming to deliver key strategies for making employee engagement matter. Work teams, hands-on volunteering, peer-to-peer conversations, engagement labs and engagement tools are sure to make the 2016 Summit the most engaging one of the year.

Who: Charities@Work is an alliance of four nonprofit organizations – America’s Charities, Community Health Charities, EarthShare and Global Impact – that collectively represent more than 2,500 of the most respected and effective international, national and local nonprofits. These four networks exist to facilitate interaction and partnerships between charities, companies and their employees for meaningful outcomes and impact for all parties.

Charities@Work bridges the corporate and nonprofit sectors in order to achieve greater social impact.

Early bird rate now available!

For a limited time only: Use EARLYBIRD2016 at checkout to save $100 off Standard 3 Day Pass! Register here: http://charitiesatwork.org/annual-summit/2016-2/

We’ll see you there!

We appreciate the interest from charity and other nonprofit organizations that would like to attend. However, attendance for this event is reserved for a corporate audience only.

 

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Join Charities@Work at the upcoming VolunteerMatch Annual Summit, December 1 and 2 in Oakland, California. The Summit is a place for like-minded professionals in the fields of employee engagement and corporate responsibility to get together, share best practices, and learn from industry experts. The previous 13 Summits have only been open to VolunteerMatch corporate clients.

This year, they’re going even bigger and have invited companies far and wide who are committed to community engagement. And they’re not stopping there. We’re also creating a collaborative place for national nonprofits to join the conversation.

This year, all attendees will “Come Together” to explore ways to work across sectors, harnessing knowledge, resources and passions of volunteers to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Highlights of the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit include a plenary session from Derreck Kayongo, Founder of the Global Soap Project, as well as panels of experts, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities.

Charities@Work is a proud partner of VolunteerMatch and this Summit and we look forward to connecting with you there! Our friends save 20% off – just use VMSummitCW at registration: http://transform.volunteermatch.org/summit2015-registration

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After a beloved teacher at a local school district passed away, nearly 100 Hewlett Packard employees pooled their money together and donated nearly $40,000 worth of computer equipment to the school in the teacher’s name.

They were able to do this through an innovative program that their company implemented to drive social change and allow employees to give back to their schools/charities of choice. The HP Employee Product Giving Program, developed and managed by Good360, is one of the prime examples of custom programs that help all of our constituents—individuals, corporations and nonprofits.

It is well-known employees who have options to donate or volunteer are more engaged and more invested in their workplace. The Corporate Leadership Council has shown that 87 percent of highly engaged employees were less likely to leave their companies than their disengaged counterparts. And yet, some companies don’t have the resources or know-how to engage those employees effectively.

HP programHere at Good360—a national nonprofit expert in product giving—we work with companies to make the business of giving simpler, more effective and more efficient. We not only want to encourage companies to do more social good, but we want them to benefit from doing so.

HP’s giving program is a major success story on all levels—and a great model for other corporations who may wish to implement such a program. Each quarter, the company devotes a portion of HP equipment from their small and medium business line for donation to nonprofits. Employees are then able to log on to the web site, choose a charity of choice, and select the items they wish to donate. Donations are facilitated through the HP Giving website, which is designed, hosted and managed by Good360.

How popular is the program? In the past several years, donations (averaging more than $5 million in value each year) have “sold out” in less than 48 hours after the giving program goes live. The program has distributed almost $40 million in donations since 2006.

“We have seen a tremendous interest and passion for this program by employees all over the country,” says Marlon Evans of HP. “It is great to know that our products are being distributed locally to organizations that our employees regularly work and interact with, and to reinforce HP’s commitment to our communities.”

Let’s look at why it works.

Tangible Giving

Since 2006, the HP Employee Product Giving Program has provided students and staff at Philomath School District in Oregon with significant technology tools that have positively impacted education. “Recently, our antiquated student computer lab was replaced with new HP computers and monitors, which allowed for software upgrades and enhanced instructional capacity,” said Superintendent Dan Forbess. “Over the years, the HP Employee Product Giving Program has provided technology tools for special education students, our broadcast media program, and vital student computer workstations throughout our district. We are very grateful and truly blessed by the employees who support this program.”

With a product giving program, employees can connect with their nonprofits and schools to ask them what products would be most helpful, and use their employer’s program to access those very items—making their gift both tangible and meaningful.

Engaging New Employees

Not only is the HP Employee Product Giving Program very popular with those who participate, but the number of new employees who contribute also continues to rise. Last year, more than 1,700 employees provided donations through the program. Each quarter, more than 40 percent of employee participants are first-time donors, demonstrating that the program continues to reach new employees that are being encouraged to get more involved in their communities and with their schools.

The Power of Choice

In a recent report by America’s Charities, one of the important aspects of a giving program that employees wanted was diversity. The HP program not only allows for giving across a wide range of causes and interests, but also gives employees the control to give to specific organizations and schools, making their impact even that much more personal.

Employees not only want a broader choice in how and where they give, but also when. They want to think charitably all year round, not just when the year-end hustle and bustle begins. By offering giving incentives each quarter, HP’s program allows employees to give when it’s most needed.

Corporate Matching

More than 65 percent of the Fortune 500 companies have employee matching gift programs—because they work. Not only do they provide an incentive for employees to give, but they also can enhance a corporation’s brand and sustainability programs. A win-win for everyone.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith the HP Employee Product Giving Program, employees contribute 25 percent of the cost of the donated technology and HP picks up the remaining 75 percent—allowing employees to really leverage their giving to see maximum impact. One key point of Good360’s mission is to leverage every dollar donated—we love to see the power of leveraged giving, and this program certainly showcases that.

Employee engagement programs should be custom to the company and meet the needs of the workforce and the communities they serve. With a little planning and listening, a company can really begin to understand what motivates its employees and how best to serve their desire to give back.

For more information about how Good360 helps companies engage employees and customers and give back to the community and environment through product giving, visit good360.org.

Join America’s Charities April 3-4, 2014 for the Charities@Work 13th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship.  The Annual Charities@Work Summit is one of the country’s leading conferences on employee engagement and corporate social responsibility.  Attendees include Fortune 500 companies across all sectors of business, each with philanthropic and employee engagement programs of varying sophistication and a desire to collaborate on best practices for practical improvements.