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Why Do Companies Give? What is the Value?

Recent research shows we are intuitively good by nature and want to cooperate, even if it means some personal loss...

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The Business Value of a One-Stop-Shop Philanthropy Platform

A real one-stop, versatile philanthropy platform holds as much depth as the program it helps facilitate...

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Which Philanthropy Impact Model is Right for You?

The 2016 CyberGrants User Conference was filled with some of the most amazing organizations and people all focused on making our world a better place.

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How to Get the Corporate Philanthropy Software You Really Want

You’re likely shopping for corporate philanthropy software to help you get your goals accomplished. Once you find the perfect system to support your organization’s philanthropic needs, you still need purchase approval from your executive team. Here's how to get it:

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Why Corporate Giving Software is Your Next Best Investment

Your program can be the best in the community and still only receive subpar participation. That is, unless you have embraced corporate giving software...

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Building Your Philanthropy Success Story to Increase Employee Participation

One of the largest challenges in creating a corporate responsibility initiative is that of participant engagement. Use this worksheet to build your organization’s very own CSR success story to increase employee participation.

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Beyond Agendas: How Grantmakers Collaborate to Do Good

Collaboration lays the foundation for multiple stakeholders to effect change. Whether it’s a societal issue or a policy change in question, the sharing of ideas, practices and funding between foundations and nonprofits can be the most effective approach for results.

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How to Drive Participation in Employee Philanthropy Programs

Companies, no matter the size or market, report immense and various benefits of a corporate responsibility strategy. Whether the approach is via pro bono work, volunteering hours or fundraising for a philanthropy, corporate social responsibility attracts new employees and maintains engagement of your current team.

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Employee Giving is the Community Connection Your Company Needs

As a business owner or executive, you know how important having an employee giving program can be for the teams you have working within your organization.

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How Implementing Giving Can Help You Engage Millennials

As the workforce is increasingly dominated by Millennials, employers are looking toward more meaningful and creative ways to appeal to this emerging generation. One major area that has been gaining considerable attention from Millennials is corporate social responsibility.

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How and Why to Build a Corporate Volunteer Program (Infographic)

Why Volunteer at Work? See for yourself in CyberGrants' infographic that shows companies why and how they can build a volunteer program.

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Want to Recruit Millennials? Consider a Corporate Philanthropy Strategy

From Zappos’ nap room to Google’s on-site medical staff, companies are investing more and more money into extreme perks for their employees. For good reason, too. Compensation and benefits are the top two pieces of information job seekers take into account during their search. However, research on Millennials, who make up half of the workforce...

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How Corporate Philanthropy Impacts the Bottom Line

The evidence that corporate giving programs improve a company’s performance has been increasingly recognized over the past decade. More employers today than ever understand it is a critical aspect of leading a successful business. However, the scope is too narrow...

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5 Reasons Your Workplace Giving Program’s Participation Rate is So LOW

The workforce today values corporate philanthropy and opportunities for volunteering. In fact, according to IO Sustainability, workers are willing to take a pay cut of up to 5% just to work for a company with strong CR policies. So, why is it that workplace giving programs seem to have such stagnant participation numbers? Well, we are so glad you asked...

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How the Most-Admired Companies Fuel Employee Engagement

Fortune recently released its 2016 50 Most-Admired Companies and the list is impressive; including giants like Nike, General Electric and Southwest Airlines. Companies are evaluated on 9 areas that range from quality of products/services to people management practices to social responsibility...

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3 Corporate Philanthropy Trends You Don’t Want to Miss

Today’s employees understand the personal value in giving back. That value can positively impact how employees perform professionally too, which is why corporate philanthropy has become a serious topic of discussion in recent years and now more than ever...

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5 Reasons to Outsource Corporate Philanthropy

There are processes you can’t wait to outsource in business, whether it’s janitorial services for the clutterbug or accounting help for those who are helpless with numbers. You might easily outsource your marketing automation or even your entire recruiting and talent acquisition function. But one idea that...

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10 Lessons from Top Philanthropic Companies of 2015

We work with socially responsible companies every day. From those championing a volunteer program internally to those who match their employees’ giving to charity, we’ve seen so many incredible companies do great things for their employees, their communities and the...

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Spread the Holiday Cheer with Employee Volunteer Programs

The benefits of starting a corporate volunteer program are myriad. It increases leadership skills in your core workforce, it attracts young talent and it generates goodwill among employees and consumers and potential clients, not to mention the community. What’s more...

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Holiday Giving Made Simple: A Checklist

As we approach the holidays, this is a great time to kick off a specialized giving program for your company or just simply getting engaged in new and different ways. Whether you choose to donate volunteer hours from your company’s...

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5 Stats Every Employer with Philanthropic Goals Should Know

Corporate responsibility can be shown through many styles and approaches. From friendly office contests to team outings, community involvement has impacted the way employees and applicants view companies. In fact, simply offering employee volunteering opportunities in the way of time...

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The Increasing Role of Security in Workplace Giving Programs

Earlier this month, on Oct. 19, The Wall Street Journal carried a shocking news headline - “CIA Director’s Personal Email Allegedly Hacked”… news that, ironically, is not so shocking to cyber security experts who know that data breaches are a severe...

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Do Good, For Goodness’ Sake… and Watch Your Company Thrive in the Afterglow!

General wisdom – and the occasional ‘feel good’ stories covered by local news channels about corporations that went above and beyond to serve their local communities – tell us that a company garners a lot of goodwill when it champions...

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Skip Million-Dollar Consultants. Instead, Just Encourage Employee Volunteering.

We often make things more complicated than they need to be. Many a times, solutions to seemingly intractable problems are closer at hand than we realize. So it is with driving employee engagement and turning around corporate fortunes. As a...

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UN 2030 – Jump In and Help… It’ll Be Fun and So Worth It!

When most of us hear of the United Nations, we think of activities such as their aid work for refugees, eradicating diseases such as malaria or supplying blue-uniformed peace-keeping forces in places like Africa. But the UN is onto something...

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9/11: A Day to Remember and Serve

Today, our nation remembers the tragedies of the morning of September 11, 2001. On this day, our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and the grieving loved ones they left behind. This day - September 11...

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Employee Recognition’s Incredible Influence on Workplace Satisfaction

A strengthening U.S. economy and an improving job market suggest that the tide is shifting in favor of employees… giving them greater leverage to demand higher wages and a friendlier workplace or options so they can more easily switch jobs...

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6 Tips for Attracting Millennial Employees

Millennials, millennials!! Those born between the years 1980 and 2000 - everyone’s talking about them… what they’re like, how they’re “different” from generations before them, how they’re changing workplace dynamics, etc. And for good reason because, as the Department of...

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Industry Insights: Employee Giving + Volunteering = Happy Employees + Higher Profits

Corporations across America are steadily and surely morphing their workplaces to better accommodate changing employee demographics and attitudes. As millennials and younger baby boomers make up a larger chunk of the workforce, employers find the ground shifting below their feet...

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Top 5 Reasons to Invest in an Employee Giving and Volunteering Program Today!

Today’s working generation has a fresh new attitude towards life and work that centers on a feeling of shared responsibility in a diverse, multi-ethnic and connected world, with a common global heritage. As an example, devastation caused by a fire...

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Corporate Social Responsibility

6 Key Findings on the Rising Role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Across the globe, consumers have come a long way in what they value and can do to make the world a better place through the different roles they play in society. On the one hand, in their primary role as...

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3 Tips for Boosting Participation in Employee Giving Programs

It doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out - raising employee awareness of a company’s corporate philanthropy programs is key to greater employee participation and program success. But it goes beyond that. Research has amply demonstrated that well-run corporate...

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Blending Business Strategy with Corporate Responsibility to Boost Corporate Performance

Studies and research have repeatedly and conclusively shown that corporate philanthropy when properly executed – with genuine executive sponsorship and comprehensive employee and stakeholder involvement – goes a long way in boosting employee engagement, productivity, workplace pride, corporate brand, and...

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Our Earth, Our Home

This Earth Day, Encourage Your Employees to Make an Impact

Wednesday, April 22, is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day – an international movement to protect the planet and secure a sustainable future. Moreover, with employees increasingly looking for greater workplace satisfaction and “fulfillment of a higher purpose”, Earth Day...

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Enhance Your Employees Experience & Productivity Through Skills-Based Volunteering

Look around… the professional world we live in today is significantly different from what it was just a few decades ago. Today’s professional environment is less about what an employee can do for a company and more about the type...

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Genuine Workplace Philanthropy Can Redeem Corporate Reputation & Brand Value

Corporate philanthropy, when done genuinely and passionately across all levels of an organization, can help boost a company’s reputation and reverse a tarnished brand. For example, in early February 2015, one of the world’s largest banks was caught up in...

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Higher Sense of Purpose, Key to Attracting Knowledge Workers

There’s a paradigm shift underway at American workplaces… away from routine and process oriented tasks towards knowledge workers and a knowledge-based economy that feeds off of employee engagement and innovation for corporate success. With routine tasks relegated to computers, factory...

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Employee Engagement: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever Before

Younger American workers are increasingly the focus of corporate attention because they will make up 75% of the U.S. workforce by 2025. But study after study shows that this younger generation isn’t content walking in the footsteps of those that...

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Corporate and Employee Giving: Key to Attracting and Retaining Millennial Employees

Young Americans, so called millennials or Generation Y – born between 1980 and 2000, now in the 15 to 35 age group – are entering the workforce in high numbers and are poised to make up 75% of the US...

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Is “Love” A Part of Your Workplace?

Just before Valentine’s Day four years ago, an Oregon-based company called Mindvalley decided to spread the love at work - through an event they dubbed Love Week where every worker plays Secret Angel to some other worker, and everyone gets...

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Employee Volunteering – What’s It Worth to An Organization?

A recent blog by Charities@Work made a clear case that workplace volunteering boosts employee engagement and retention, saves money and delivers multiple benefits to the employer. Here’s how...

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New Study Finds Employee-Directed Corporate Philanthropy Boosts Employee Happiness and Performance

A recent study by two professors at the University of Southampton in the UK found a strong positive correlation between employee-directed corporate philanthropy and workplace productivity. While direct financial incentives certainly boost performance (such as bonuses tied to productivity), the...

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Corporate Philanthropy: A Necessary Investment for Success

In December 2014, the Center for Corporate Citizenship (CCC) published a research report titled “The State of Corporate Citizenship 2014” that clearly links corporate citizenship to business success and higher shareholder returns. A majority of the corporate executives interviewed for...

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Charitable Giving Promotes Happiness… So Let’s All Pledge To Give More!

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article titled “Can Money Buy Happiness?” which, among other things, showed that people were a lot happier when they shared their wealth than when they kept it all to themselves, that “experiences” were...

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2014 CECP Report Corroborates a Strong Link between Corporate/Employee Giving and Improved Business Performance

CECP’s “Giving in Numbers 2014 Edition” report analyzed corporate giving and employee engagement data from 261 of the world’s leading companies. The report found a strong increase in corporate giving in 2013 across the board, with giving up by over...

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4 Vital Corporate Philanthropy Processes That Should Be Outsourced: Part 2 of 2

Workplace giving is steadily on the rise because globally-aware employees are keen to do their part to address local and global problems in an information-rich, interconnected world, and because corporations understand that corporate giving programs substantially boost employee engagement, workplace...

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Corporate and Employee Giving Take Center Stage at Salesforce’s Dreamforce 2014

Corporate philanthropy stole the show at Dreamforce 2014, technology giant Salesforce’s annual convention in San Francisco on October 13, 2014, where attendees were greeted by a symbolic 6-foot wall of food cans that set the tone for the conference, as reported...

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Top 4 Tips on Selecting a Corporate Philanthropy Specialist: Part 1 of 2

A good corporate philanthropy program can substantially improve employee morale and workplace pride, boost productivity, reduce HR costs, generate positive customer buzz, and drive top-line and bottom-line growth. Deloitte’s “Predictions for 2014” report states that “responsible companies” had much higher...

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Regulatory Compliance for Corporate Philanthropy: Why, What, How?

Over the years, corporate philanthropy has evolved from a series of disconnected individual acts to a vital strategic component of a company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program… and has attracted increased regulatory scrutiny of the recipients of corporate largesse for...

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Five Tips on Setting-Up a Successful Long-Term Giving Program

We live in pretty amazing times… our world has changed much over the past twenty-five years; today its smaller and interconnected with the widespread availability and evolution of three key enablers – computers, the Internet, and mobile/wireless communications. We have...

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Benefits of Long-Term Giving Programs – Primer

Corporate/Employee Giving, as well as the overall Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR has been around for quite some time now, and has morphed over the years to where progressive corporations of all sizes, in all sectors, see these endeavors as...

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How To Facilitate Employee Engagement and Increase Corporate Financial Performance

Creating a Successful Employee Engagement Program for Employers Already deep-seated in the culture of the world’s most successful organizations, corporate giving is on the rise. All over the world, employers are stepping up efforts to engage with the community as...

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