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.
Every year at DonorsChoose.org, we receive over 30,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classroom project requests from teachers who need resources to better bring these subjects to life for their students.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.