Executive Director, Anthem Foundation
May 19--When it comes to social responsibility at Anthem, Inc., we operate on the belief that it’s everyone’s responsibility. As a health benefits company, it’s core to our mission, but what’s more – as a company of associates who genuinely care about their communities, it’s also who we are. Anthem is in the business of improving health – the health of all our stakeholders: 50,000+ associates, 72 million customers, and the communities we serve across the country. At Anthem Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, we take this to another level by committing our collective expertise and resources to create a healthier generation of Americans. No small goal, we have found achieving success is directly tied to our ability to engage with all of our stakeholders and empower them to understand their own unique role as it relates to our social responsibility endeavors.
December 14--Holidays are a time we enjoy with family and friends celebrating the traditions we hold dear. Many of us look for opportunities at home and work to give back this season. At CECP, our organization is dedicated to enabling and encouraging business as a force for good in our society. The companies we work with are the world’s largest and have a combined revenue that would create the 3rd biggest economy in the world. And these companies are giving at record levels – reaching $18.5 billion in 2014 – to support communities and to tackle the challenges and issues of our time.
December 17--As 2015 comes to a close, it will be remembered for global triumphs and heartbreaking losses. The push and pull of a variety of worldwide forces presented us with simultaneous challenges and boundless opportunities. We face challenges of terrorism, racial tension, social injustice, refugees, and other regional and global conflicts that threaten our common purpose. Yet we remain optimistic as we witness the power of social media that accelerates communications and transparency, the energy of millennials who are looking to drive real change, and the excitement around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Conference, which show that the world’s countries can unite around the hope for a better world.
Philanthropy New York
July 12, 2013--In early 2012, Philanthropy New York began working with Reimagining Service to bring its core mission and principles to our members, a mix of traditional grantmakers and corporate philanthropists. As stated in the blog by Gail Gershon of Gap Inc., that initial session generated robust conversations on the value of foundations investing in nonprofit volunteer capacity. Our subsequent meetings continue to focus on the importance of developing that capacity and engaging volunteers strategically. These meetings have highlighted three themes of successful volunteerism: 1) Empowerment, 2) Flexibility, and 3) Connection.
Empowering your employees through volunteerism can build leadership and add value to their jobs. At Gap Inc., these individuals are called Community Leaders. These employees take the lead on volunteer coordination and receive continual company recognition. Autonomy, authority and recognition generate interest and incentivize participation in overall volunteer efforts.