Corporate Philanthropy

Most corporations make monetary or other donations to charities and non-profit projects in their community. Unstructured philanthropy is often considered a “first step” in building a robust corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. As a program evolves, philanthropy can be used more strategically and ultimately can be seen as returning many benefits to the company as well as the community at large. On this page are a collection of recent articles and information devoted to the subject.

Philanthropy and the Impact Revolution

Nonprofits are finding that they need to be held accountable to a different standard than what was acceptable in the past. But this…

Salesforce.org, From Corporate Philanthropy to Social Enterprise

For 18 years, Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce, has been central to the cloud computing giant’s culture. The company has long touted…

Levi’s Pledges $1 Million for Marginalized Communities

Today Levi Strauss & Co. announced $1 million in grants for organizations that provide community outreach and legal assistance for immigrant, refugee, religious…

Engaging Employees Around Community Action

We asked a nonprofit focused on voluntary service, a leader in pro bono and skills-based volunteering, and a forward-looking company how to get…

The Numbers Are In: Corporate Generosity Boosts Employee Engagement

Millennial employees who frequently participate in volunteer activities in the workplace are twice as likely to report being “very satisfied” with their careers.…

Microgrants Make Big Impacts for Local Communities

Grant-making programs let companies and foundations reach out to their communities and make a difference. But creating a resilient grant program takes work.…

Aetna Foundation Leverages Philanthropic Investment to Build Healthier Communities

What's the secret to improving public health at the local level? We speak with Dr. Garth Graham, president of the Aetna Foundation, to…

Ford Foundation Commits $1 Billion to the Social Enterprise Revolution

The Ford Foundation will invest as much as $1 billion out of its $12 billion endowment to accelerate mission-related investing over the next…

3 Ways Businesses Can Help Struggling Nonprofits

Business support for nonprofits is needed now more than ever. And nonprofits can’t wait another generation for traditional corporate giving to rebound. How…

What CSR Pros Need to Know About Integrated External Engagement

For corporate social responsibility to be effective, companies need to incorporate interaction with every stakeholder into decision-making, no matter the level of the…

Opinion: Why Companies Should Skip Annual Volunteer Projects

Every year, thousands of employees at companies across the country admirably set aside a day or even a week for community service projects.…

Google Gives $11.5 Million to Reform the Criminal Justice System

“Mass incarceration is a huge issue in the United States, and a major area of focus for our grants,” said Justin Steele, principal…

Is GDP Inextricably Linked With Corporate Giving?

Studies show that gross domestic product (GDP) has a direct influence on the state of philanthropy in the United States, but are the…

CSR 2.0: Breaking Down Community-Corporate Barriers

How can your company become a more engaged corporate citizen? The key is to get involved in the community in a regular, hands-on…

Airbnb Ups the Ante on Refugee Commitment

Last week Airbnb offered free housing to refugees and others affected by the controversial U.S. travel ban. In an email to users, the…