by Chris Wellise, Director of Strategic Initiatives for HPE Living Progress
While attending the ICT4D conference in Kenya recently I took a side trip to the Masai Mara National Reserve, where members of the famous Masai tribe wore their traditional, iconic red-robes—and carried cell phones.
And on the horizon of the reserve, interspersed amongst the elephants, hippos, and lions, were cell phone towers. Old and new live together. The integration of mobile technology is both personal and social. And technology is ubiquitous.
What happens when employee engagement and social impact converge? What are the six key factors that every leader should know when developing or managing an employee engagement or workplace giving program? How can you stay on top of emerging trends that are shaping the field of workplace philanthropy? How can you engage the next generation and meet your company’s social impact goals?
Since 1971, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has worked diligently to shape a better future for the country by fighting hate and bigotry and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.
Nonprofit-Corporate Partnership Spotlight: Morris Animal Foundation and Radio Systems Corporation
Partnerships between non-profit organizations and private enterprises can be highly beneficial to both parties. In the case of Morris Animal Foundation and Radio Systems Corporation, a strong relationship also means animals benefit, too.
CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is a national non-profit foundation whose mission is to end childhood cancer by driving targeted and innovative research with measurable results in an accelerated time frame. One of the ways CureSearch is working to accomplish this mission is through partnerships with businesses like Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurants. We recently interviewed CureSearch about this partnership. Below is a Q&A from that conversation:
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, yet it is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression. It is an irreversible degeneration of the brain that causes disruptions in memory, cognition, personality, and other functions and inevitably leads to death. More than 5 million Americans aged 65 and older are thought to have Alzheimer’s disease. This number is set to grow dramatically, as baby boomers are turning 65 at a rate of 10,000 people per day.
Can you imagine not having access to clean water? The truth is, not having access to clean water is truly incomprehensible for most of us; we take it for granted. The closest many of us have ever come to not having access to water is when a damaging storm has hit or the community water system has been contaminated and everyone runs to the nearest store to stock up on water bottles. Even in those cases though, we know it will only be a temporary nuisance because there’s a system in place and professionals dedicated to restoring our access.
What if I told you that having an employee volunteer program could potentially save you money – say $1,000 to $6,000 per employee. Would you start one? Or if you have one, would you take it more seriously?