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Corporate Philanthropy

AmazonSmile: Shop 'Til You Drop and Feel Good About It

Renee C. Herrell | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact
Renee C. Herrell

Online shopping provides consumers an opportunity to shop 24-hours a day, 7 days a week -- and now they can "do good" around the clock. Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer, is making the next move in online giving.

Taking Partnerships to the Next Level

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

When the mission of a nonprofit is well-aligned with the social impact goals of a for-profit partner, together they can help to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the most pressing social and economic problems.

Stories of Abundance: The Robber Barons

Peter Diamandis | Posted 08.08.2014 | Good News
Peter Diamandis

Today, we don't blink an eye when the world's wealthiest individuals donate enormous sums of money to charitable causes. In fact, we expect them to do so. But large-scale philanthropy hasn't always been a part of history.

Why I Cycled More Than 500 Miles for Trees

Chuck Kellen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Chuck Kellen

If my legs could talk, they might tell you that they sincerely dislike the person they are attached to and desire a transplant to a more sedentary being. In absent remembrance of my recent efforts, they might break out in song.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

Warren Buffett Gives Single Largest Charitable Contribution

Associated Press | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact

AP/HuffPost OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett has given several charities Berkshire Hathaway stock worth more than $2.8 billion as part of his pl...

A Fallen Hero and the Company He Kept

Ryan Scott | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Ryan Scott

The other day, I received the terrible news that Steve Robinson, a leading advocate for veterans and a friend of Causecast, had suddenly passed away. He died at the age of 51, while working at his desk at Prudential, laboring to the very end to improve the lives of veterans.

Profit and Generosity Aren't a Zero-Sum Equation -- They're Reinforcing Values

Gary A. Officer | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Gary A. Officer

Global philanthropy as a tool for driving business growth is a phenomena that is truly unique to the United States. It is inspired by genuine acts of compassion by the donor. It is also inspired, at the very least, by our corporations as the fulfillment of their enlightened self-interest.

What Are You Doing at 3 p.m. on Monday?

Ryan Scott | Posted 07.26.2014 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Everyone knows that Memorial Day is the unofficially official kickoff to summer. Bring on the beach (if it's near), head to the mall for those aweso...

I Heart SF: How a Community Reinvented Itself

Ryan Scott | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Ryan Scott

The economic divide created by the dominance of the city's tech sector is a very real and thorny issue with no easy answers.

Survey Shows Fundraiser Pay Is Dropping, But Experts Aren't Buying It

The Chronicle Of Philanthropy | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact

Experts questioned the accuracy of a new survey showing that the median salary of American fundraisers fell 8.5 percent last year to $65,000, saying t...

What We Give is as Important as What We Get

Natasha Ashton | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

The human-animal bond is nothing if not reciprocal; in return for their compassion, their comedy and the comfort they provide us, we give them love, food, shelter, health care, toys and maybe even a spot on the bed in return.

'Employee Engagement' Is Great, But Will Charities End Up Losing?

Steve Delfin | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Steve Delfin

Over the 14 year history of the Charities@Work Conference, which took place this Spring in New York, we've seen the workplace giving discussion move f...

Obama Quietly Met With Millennial Billionaires Who Want To Change The World

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact

If you're a millennial on your way to inheriting billions, chances are you were invited to the White House last month. Jamie Johnson, an heir to th...

How Does eBay Founder Distribute Charity? It's Complicated.

Inside Philanthropy | Michael Gentilucci | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact

More than just about any other philanthropists, Pierre and Pam Omidyar have blurred the lines between their non-profit giving, and their for-profit in...

Mind the Gap: A Tragic Waste of Talent

Ryan Scott | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Ryan Scott

My friend is, in fact, rather philanthropic and active in his community. But his charitable involvement all takes place on his own time. Work is work. Community work is up to him. At least that's how he sees it. And that's a terrible shame.

The State of Philanthropy: How to Maximize Impact

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

I believe philanthropy has found its identity once again, as a convener, a risk-taker, a piloter of good ideas, and a partner in bringing those ideas to scale. Indeed, it's an exciting time to be in philanthropy. But I believe there are areas where we can do better and push ourselves further to maximize our impact in the years ahead.

What Inspires Generation Y To Give

Tyler Mahoney | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Tyler Mahoney

In contrast, young people are rejecting the post-modern wanderlust molded by the Baby Boomers and are returning to a pre-modern, pre-industrial understanding of the world.

3 Simple Practices To Build Stronger Interest In Your Company's Cause Work With Millennials

Derrick Feldmann | Posted 04.29.2014 | Business
Derrick Feldmann

In many cases, successful Millennial engagement and cause involvement means a total shift in mindset.

I Left My Heart(lessness) in San Francisco

Ryan Scott | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Ryan Scott

My dear tech friends, just remember that it's not enough to steer corporate social responsibility from your gleaming offices in the C-Suite. Get your employees engaged in service and out in front of the folks in your community.

STUDY: Charitable Giving Could Harm A Company's Image

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact

Giving to charity may actually hurt a company’s reputation, a new study from the Yale School of Management has suggested. Interested in how peop...

Key Social Business Tenets that Can Help Startups Overcome Marketing Fatigue and Drive Brand Loyalty

Ilina Dimitrova | Posted 02.28.2014 | Small Business
Ilina Dimitrova

While social business is not a silver bullet for entrepreneurs looking to extend the span of their limited marketing budget, it offers valuable best practices that can guide business owners in building scalable and recognizable brands.

Entrepreneurs: Help Others to Help Yourself

Jack Nadel | Posted 02.22.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In essence, when you give to others, you are really helping yourself, and often in ways you cannot imagine. This is a lesson all entrepreneurs should take to heart. Even if you are at the beginning of your business career, you should think about ways to give back to your community.

The Need to Build Virtuous Organizations

Frank Islam | Posted 02.17.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

We don't know how many virtuous organizations there are in the United States today. We do know that we need more -- many more.

Giving at Work: 'Most Dramatic Shift We've Ever Seen'

Ryan Scott | Posted 02.14.2014 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Forget about the old way of doing things, where volunteering, giving, pro bono work and engagement were all separate buckets spread out over the company. Businesses now recognize that all of these practices fall within the same camp and need to function as a coordinated effort.