CECP Insights

CECP's CEO Daryl Brewster, Executive Director Margaret Coady, other CECP staff, members of CECP's Board of Directors, and other industry thought leaders provide timely insight into trends and developments on the role of business in society.

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Courtney Murphy
Director, Strategic Engagement, CECP

July 2, 2014--The millennial generation is passionate about societal involvement, and companies are taking notice. At the 2014 CECP Board of Boards Roundtable, CEOs identified employees as the most influential stakeholder group in deciding whether to expand their companies’ community investment. CECP data show that 86% of companies match employee gifts, and that the median number of hours volunteered on-company-time grew by 37% from 2010 to 2013.

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Maeve B. Miccio
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility,
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
 
June 04, 2014-- On May 19-21, 250 leaders in corporate philanthropy and social responsibility convened in New York City for CECP’s signature event – the Giving Officer Summit. I had the opportunity to attend the summit along with SVCF’s President & CEO Dr. Emmett Carson. The summit provided dynamic and relevant content, many opportunities to connect with colleagues in the field and a chance to hear from leaders in business, philanthropy and social change. Several themes emerged throughout the conference including:
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Greg Hills
Managing Director,
FSG

June 03, 2014-- A hot topic at the CECP Summit this year was the role companies should play in collaborative efforts. In a jam-packed room, I had the pleasure of representing FSG on a lively panel discussing collective impact with Citi Foundation CEO Pam Flaherty moderated by CECP Executive Director Margaret Coady.

Collective impact is a structured approach to achieving social change, applying a common agenda, shared measurement, and a strong backbone to drive social impact at scale.

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Melissa Trumpower
Good360

May 27, 2014-- If CEOs of companies were asked if their companies should do good, all of them would say yes.

“The issue is not whether or not they want to do good. It’s an issue of priority,” said Carly Fiorina, speaking at the CECP's 2014 Summit held in New York City last week. Most CEOs will want to know that a corporate citizenship program provides a competitive tool and that it’s aligned with the overall corporate strategy, she explained.

Fiorina, former chair and CEO of Hewlett Packard and the current chair of Good360, was joined by National Basketball Association Commissioner Emeritus David Stern on a panel about corporate social responsibility. Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd, the two provided a CEO perspective on corporate citizenship programs. The session was moderated by Debra Benton, president of Benton Management Resources, Inc.

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Sarah Beaulieu
Senior Advisor,
Opportunity Nation
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May 22, 2014-- This week, I had the privilege of participating in Redefining Returns: The Impact of an Emerging Investment Model, a session at CECP’s 2014 Summit: What Counts in New York for almost 300 corporate giving professionals. The session focused on impact investing, which Amy Bell, Executive Director and Head of Principal Investments at JP Morgan Chase Social Finance, defined as an investment with the intent to create a financial return and social impact.

One of the challenges of impact investing, said Sonal Shah of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, is defining and measuring what one really means by return and impact. And there is no perfect impact metric, pointed out Ommeed Sathe, Director of Social Investments at Prudential’s Community Resources Department.

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May 22, 2014-- Imagine you’re eleven. You live in Rio. You absolutely love school. It’s a safe place where you are free to learn, engage with your peers, and grow. But suddenly you hear about plans to demolish the school building. In its place will be a parking lot for a local stadium.
 
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In a perpetually evolving world, it’s necessary to be mindful that the way we approach change may need to adapt. Now more than ever, we’re equipped with tools and technology to tackle problem-solving with innovation, creativity, and efficiency.
 
Jeremy Heimans, Co-Founder and CEO of Purpose, activates individuals to build lasting social movements that address global issues. Recognizing the shift of power structures—from what he calls “old power” to “new power”—his organization utilizes technology to empower activists, amplify their voices, and mobilize the masses to make positive change happen.
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Kristin Giantris
Managing Director, Advisory Services,
Nonprofit Finance Fund

Note from CECP: Kristin Giantris will be speaking about her organization’s State of the Sector Survey on the New Models for Supporting a Shovel-Ready Third Sector panel at the CECP Summit May 20-21.

May 12, 2014-- On the day Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) opened its annual State of the Sector Survey, a water main burst beneath an intersection near our New York office, snarling traffic, shutting down public transit, flooding the adjacent streets, drying up taps in thousands of homes, and creating widespread frustration. A critical piece of our city’s infrastructure had failed, creating a domino effect felt by those even miles away. Later that day, we learned of another threat to our city’s infrastructure: a Human Services organization that responded to our survey, with hundreds of employees and exclusively serving a low income community, reported just one month of cash in the bank. To make ends meet, they were in a precarious balancing act of managing loans and delaying paying their bills. On top of that, community need for their services had increased significantly, and they weren’t able to keep up with it.

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Kathy Calvin
CEO, United Nations Foundation

 April 22, 2014-- As the CECP community knows, what’s good for societies is good for business. 

  • When companies adopt sustainable energy solutions, they can seize economic opportunities while safeguarding the planet.
  • When women are economically empowered, they create a new pool of talent, suppliers, and customers.
  • And when workers have bed nets to protect them from malaria-carrying mosquitos, they don’t have to miss work because they’re sick.

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A growing number of companies, like those in CECP, are approaching global problem-solving as part of their core business interests, not just their social responsibility initiatives. Our economy is truly global, and more and more industries expect growth in developing and emerging markets. Making global development a priority is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.

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Courtney Murphy
Director, Strategic Engagement, CECP

April 10, 2014-- At CECP, we have the privilege of talking to more than 100 leaders in corporate citizenship and community investment per quarter, and one of the common challenges we hear is the difficulty in sharing the company’s community impact and opportunities for engagement with its closest audience: its employees.

What makes this so challenging?

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Carmen Perez
Manager, Research and 
Standards, CECP

April 1, 2014 -- CECP’s time in India presenting at Dasra’s Philanthropy Week was all too short. Before the trip, I posted about what I hoped to learn about the two percent CSR regulation. Here’s an update on what U.S. companies with business in India need to know:

  • The regulation does apply to foreign companies.
  • The CSR Regulation is in effect for any fiscal years that begin after April 1, 2014. (Yes, that’s this week).
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