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Is the Future of Philanthropy Trust-Based?

Posted by Stirling Myles on Sep 26, 2019 9:17:23 AM
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In anticipation of their upcoming presentation at SmartSimple’s ELEVATE San Diego conference in October, we sat down with Zia Maumenee, Grants Manager of Headwaters Foundation, and Malcolm Klotz, Founder of Re-Solved, to learn more about their trust-based philanthropy model and how they leveraged SmartSimple’s technology to carry it out.

Topics: Zia Maumanee, Elevate, Elevate San Diego, Conference, Event, Headwaters Foundation, Philanthropy, Re-Solved, SmartSimple, Zia

A Brief History of CSR

Posted by Stirling Myles on Apr 9, 2019 9:06:00 AM

80% of the world’s 250 largest companies actively issue Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports on their efforts toward sustainability. We’ve come a long way since companies first started to apply very early forms of CSR in the 1910s. So how did we get to where we are and how has CSR evolved over the years?

Topics: SmartSimple Engage, Corporate, Corporate Giving, Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Engage, History, Philanthropy, SDG

Beyond Jargon: Defining Transparency In Philanthropy

Posted by Stirling Myles on Dec 5, 2018 12:11:15 PM
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In any given industry, there are go-to buzzwords that have importance but can lose their impact and fade into all-encompassing vagueness over time. In the world of philanthropy, “transparency" is fast becoming an omnipresent term that many philanthropic organizations use and aim to achieve. But what does transparency really mean for them? Whether philanthropic foundations want to be more transparent with their funding practices, funding strategies, impact reporting, or simply being honest, it all comes down to communication in every context — both internally and externally.

Topics: Opinion, Community, Foundation, Guest Post, Philanthropy, SmartSimple, Transparency, Robins Foundation

Automate Your Employee Matching Gifts Program For The 21st Century

Posted by Stacey Hellas on Aug 24, 2018 2:17:22 PM

Of all corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, employee matching gifts is an impactful one. Not only do these programs engage staff in a meaningful way but give employees and employers the opportunity to multiply their positive impact on society. In this blog, we’ll be covering the basics of corporate matching gifts, and how to encourage participation from your team.

Topics: SmartSimplee, Volunteer Management, Employee Giving, Corporate Giving, Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Employee Matching, Philanthropy

Why Diversity, Inclusion, And Equity Are Essential In 21st Century Philanthropy

Posted by Stacey Hellas on Aug 22, 2018 3:25:12 PM

The "new face" of philanthropy is not really new at all. Diverse communities have not only been involved in philanthropic work for decades, they’re a critical element as we move forward. We'll be discussing why and how cultivating inclusion and equity in your organization will benefit your organization and the entire world.

Topics: Gender Equity, Generation Z, Giving, Charity, Diversity, Change, Diverse, Diversity & Inclusion, Equality, Equity, Inclusion, Millenials, Philanthropy