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3 Best Practices for Creating a Values-Based Company

Creating a value-based company and culture isn’t a one step process. It involves honing in on what your employees want, need, and believe in...

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What Today's Top Talent Wants in an Employer

Swaying a talented individual to build a company’s bench strength isn’t easy, but as today’s workforce is becoming increasingly multi-generational and diverse, it is important to think about what employees want and require from their employer...

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How to Optimize Your Grants Lifecycle for a Better ROI

Grants are a spark for the nonprofit fire and often an investment for the organizations who offer them. Without the opportunities presented by grants, many communities or issues would be overlooked and underfinanced...

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What March Madness Can Teach You About Employee Engagement

Even if you aren’t quite as interested in March’s college basketball, there are a few hard-hitting employee engagement and CSR lessons to be learned from all the madness...

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8 Unexpected Ways to Reward CSR Participation

Most employees don’t get involved with CSR for the rewards. However, rewarding them regardless of the reason they got involved is a great way to keep participation and engagement high...

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The Company Giving Secret Weapon: Payroll Integration

Increase your employee giving participation by adding payroll integration into your corporate social responsibility program and reap these benefits...

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A Quarterly CSR Plan to Make the Most Impact in 2017

Corporate philanthropy and grantmaking may already be an established system because of these factors, but whether you’re looking to establish something new or revamp something that already exists, the need to make an organized plan is huge...

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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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9 Best Ways to Increase Employee Engagement You Might Have Missed

Companies with low levels of employee engagement can experience up to a 33% decline in operating income so it’s in everybody’s best interest to implement the best strategies possible to keep team members engaged.

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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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7 Employee Volunteer Program Benefits You Can’t Ignore

Employee volunteering programs are born when a company has a vision for the future and compassion for the community their organization resides within. This mission thrives when employees share a similar vision and have the right means to support it.

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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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Teamwork

Teamwork is essential to meeting our clients’ needs, enhancing our product and processes, and managing the inevitable curveballs that come our way.

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Patriots’ Day

Today is a holiday in our state of Massachusetts – Patriots’ Day. It commemorates the anniversary of the first battles of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord.

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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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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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The Root of Employee Engagement: Values-Based Programs

You’ve probably read all the stats about employee engagement and how it can skyrocket productivity, efficiency and retention… but has anyone taught you how to do it? Have you really honed in on what your employees want and need so you can create a level of engagement in your workplace you’ve never had before?

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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 Things Your Employee Engagement Strategy is Missing

Employee engagement has become something of a phantom. Every time we think we know what it takes to create sustainable employee engagement, Gallup tells us engagement numbers are unchanged, yes, again, and poof engagement quickly slips away from our grasp...

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Become a #LeapYearVolunteer in These 3 Easy Steps

Monday, February 29th, 2016 is a leap day, giving us humans an extra day in the year to do something extraordinary. But, while payroll administrators are wrapping their heads around an extra payday for the year, employees are preparing for another day at the office. We’re granted one fateful, extra day every four years and the world’s hard workers have to spend it working the same job they work every weekday of the year? Don’t you want to be the employer who makes the most of this extraordinary calendar event?

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Increase Employee Engagement with Employee Giving Programs

Pleasing today’s workforce is not an easy task. Every month Gallup reports on workforce engagement numbers and U.S. engagement, though it has slowly increased from previous years, and has had little-to-no change since March of this year. At a mere 32.1%, employee engagement should be a top priority for employers. Growing research suggests one solution...

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How to Increase Employee Participation in Volunteer Programs

“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized, I am somebody.” –Lily Tomlin One of the greatest benefits of having a corporate volunteer program is that it engages the workforce by providing a meaningful and...

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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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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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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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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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Best Practices for Driving Employee Engagement and Business Growth

A robust corporate giving program has become essential for any business. With an effective program in place, the company can make a positive impact on the world, whether by supporting its local community or contributing to larger, global initiatives. Additionally...

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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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