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Employee Volunteer Programs a recent question posed on the LinkedIn Hand on Discussion Group…

10 Apr

Question posed

Is there a resource available that lists specific models being used by companies nationally for employee volunteer programs? I’m interested in learning about how different companies approach their employee volunteerism, and getting case studies of how employee volunteering helps a company’s bottom line would be especially helpful.

Bruce’s response

Hmmm… Employee Volunteer Programs Resources?

Great question @Nicolette Winner

Bruce Summers

Summers “Engagement” Consulting

Solving Volunteer Algorithms since 1981

Corporate Social Responsibility – How to select a nonprofit partner?

10 Feb

CSR – how do companies make informed decisions on NGOs? Bruce’s response to Suzy Goodwin’s Discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility Group on Linked In.
A few thoughts…
1) Alignment and fit – example Corporation (Corps.) and Nonprofit (NPOs) are both in the Disaster Space
2) Knowledge and Trust built over time – example the Connect America Program hosted by the Points of Light Foundation – brought together Corps., NPOs, and Government representatives regularly several times a year, overtime we built trust relationships and learned more about what each organization brought to the table, thought about small and large ways to work together… Roll forward 2 – 3 years later, Hurricane Katrina disaster response and recovery efforts brought together about 70% of these Connect America Partners working in mutually beneficial partnerships. Roll forward 2 more years these partnerships and personal relationships continued to mature, grow and expand.
3) Challenge 1 – finding neutral “conveners” to bring together Corps., NPO, and Govt. sector reps.
4) Challenge 2 – finding individuals who can “translate” between Corps., NPOs and Govt. entities and package win-win partnerships
5) Opportunity – mutually beneficial national demonstration projects to test new capacity building programs – example the Ready When the Time Comes – corporate volunteer engagement/partnership project matching the American Red Cross with W.W.Grainger, Inc.
For more information on Corporate Social Responsibility http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_social_responsibility

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