Corporate Philanthropy

Businesses engage in their local or international community by donating a portion of their profits or resources to non-profit organizations or community stakeholders. Learn more about philanthropy projects by visiting the Business for Good map.

Public vs. Private Failure


There is a direct correlation between an organization's willingness to take risks and its ability to innovate. So imagine my surprise when I asked Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) if government agencies should "fail fast, fail forward" to come up with the big innovations necessary to tackle big problems and he said, "No."

How Business’s Good Character Gets the Job Done


By: Robert Ludke. Executive Vice President, Corporate Advisory Practice. Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Corporate executives across industries and sectors continuously seek a “license to operate” from the public. In essence, this means the company is actively working to gain and maintain the reputational support needed to achieve its short and long-term business objectives. They must build a reputation that assures the public that their behaviors are consistent with their values.

KPMG and Enactus Empower the Next Generation of Leaders


I wanted to share more with you about Enactus, an organization that KPMG proudly supports. This global nonprofit is dedicated to enabling real human progress through entrepreneurial action. Their vehicle for change is the passion and dedication of college students around the world working on community outreach projects focused on empowering those in need and creating sustainable change.

High Impact Funds: Harnessing Collective Action for Good


During the 20 years I have spent working in international philanthropy, I have seen enormous strides made towards the goal of eradicating poverty. Be it through programs on the ground, grassroots initiatives or fundraising campaigns. Despite this progress, much remains to be done.

Microsoft’s Employees Raised Record-Breaking $113 Million for Nonprofits in 2013


By: Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft.

The past year has been a busy one at Microsoft – and not just because of new products, a new acquisition and a new CEO. It has also been a busy time for our employees and their support of the nonprofit community.

In fact, 2013 was a record-breaking year! Microsoft’s employees raised $113 million for 19,123 nonprofit organizations worldwide. Amidst Microsoft’s transformation, the value of community involvement continues to define us as employees.

Top 13 for 2013


2013 was a great year for both our organization and the world of corporate citizenship. We brought together business, nonprofit, and community leaders to harness the power of collaboration at our annual conference. We documented and coordinate business disaster responses around the world.  We shared the many ways businesses make an impact in communities. I’d like to thank our full business network, their support in 2013 allowed us to share the many ways businesses make an impact in communities.

Bridgestone Americas May End Your Survey Fatigue


In September, I attended a great conference put on by Sustainable Brands called The New Metrics of Sustainable Business 2013. In a previous post, I commented on the overall lessons I learned from attending the conference. However, in that post I didn’t mention one of the best individual presentations I heard.

The Advantages of Leading with a Team Approach


It’s difficult to think about Apple without the name of Steve Jobs coming to mind. And, who hasn’t seen countless Men’s Warehouse commercials, where George Zimmer leverages his personal credibility to promote the brand?

In both instances, the top executive’s brand was inextricably linked to the corporation’s reputation. But, such a move can be dangerous. A Small and Midsize Business Guide to Corporate Citizenship


I love nonprofits. 

But they aren’t the only ones who do good works.  Good is for everyone.

I’ve thought a lot about this, about the nature of good in the world – and specifically the corporate world – as I have traveled on my own professional journey. 

Microsoft: Nurturing Communities Through Citizenship Programs


Through its Citizenship efforts, Microsoft has the opportunity to help build and nurture communities in the more than 100 countries/regions around the world where it has a presence. The company is focused on addressing an “opportunity divide” among young people around the world—a gap between those who have the access, skills, and opportunities to be successful and those who do not.


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