• About the Author: Alexander Parkinson

    Alex Parkinson is a senior researcher and associate director of the Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board (SNCR). He specializes in corporate philanthropy and communications …

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09 Nov. 2017 | Comments (0)
Higher Highs and Lower Lows: Don’t Be a CSR Novice
New research published in the Strategic Management Journal has made some waves (air waves, at least) with its key finding that “past investments in CS…

25 Oct. 2017 | Comments (0)
Stray Advertisements Ended The Conference Board’s Experiment with Programmatic Advertising
In August, an employee of The Conference Board visited Breitbart.com for research purposes and noticed a banner ad from The Conference Board. He subse…

24 Oct. 2017 | Comments (0)
Companies Reinforce Commitments to Stakeholders Despite Continued Global Uncertainties
Giving in Numbers: 2017 Edition, published by CECP in association with The Conference Board, has found the world’s leading corporations are emphasizin…

27 Sep. 2017 | Comments (0)
Ask Not What Your Company Can Do for the Arts…
With the possible defunding of federal arts organizations, businesses must encourage and support artistic endeavors both internally and publicly.…

12 Sep. 2017 | Comments (0)
The Conference Board Members Answer Call for Harvey Relief
Members of The Conference Board’s Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy councils are responsible for at least $58 million in donations to the Hurrica…

14 Jul. 2017 | Comments (0)
Increased Corporate Contributions to the Arts Are No Certainty
These are interesting times. It seems no matter what industry or field you’re in, there’s uncertainty on the horizon. The arts are in the heart of it,…

06 Jul. 2017 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Businesses Are Looking to Engage Their Employees through the Arts, Helping Fuel Attraction and Retention
According to a survey by The Conference Board and American for the Arts, companies consider the arts to be important in building quality of life, stim…

27 Jun. 2017 | Comments (0)
Employee Advocacy and Customer Engagement: A "How to Guide" from Leading Brands
Employee advocacy programs are one of the fastest-growing trends in social media marketing. In our recent SNCR 2020 article, Employees as Brand Ambass…

23 Jun. 2017 | Comments (0)
SNCR Expands Advisory Board and Embarks on New Research into Fake News
Since merging with The Conference Board 18 months ago, SNCR has continued to forge ahead, launching a new publication series (SNCR 2020: Exploring New…

23 Jun. 2017 | Comments (0)
Artistic License: What Do Companies Get Out of Supporting the Arts?
The Conference Board is delighted to be teaming up with Americans for the Arts to launch the 2017 edition of Business Contributions to the Arts, a ben…

01 Jun. 2017 | Comments (0)
Corporate Communications Practices Survey Is Now Open
Take the survey today and you will be entered into a raffle for a complimentary pass to a conference of your choice. Survey findings will be detailed …

30 May. 2017 | Comments (0)
New Research: Convincing the C-suite of Social Media's Benefits
Social media, so integral to society and business, is still viewed with skepticism by many senior leaders. This is particularly true in the B2B sector…

25 May. 2017 | Comments (0)
Congratulations to the 2017 Excellence in New Communications Awards Winners
The 2017 Excellence in New Communications Awards were presented on Monday, honoring some of the most innovative uses of social and digital technologie…

19 Apr. 2017 | Comments (0)
Join Us to Celebrate Leading Examples of New Communications
By Alex Parkinson The Excellence in New Communications (EINC) Awards ceremony, presented by the Society for New Communications Research of The Conf…

05 Apr. 2017 | Comments (0)
Donor Advised Funds: Democratizing Philanthropy to Change the World
The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled "Donor Advised Funds: Democratizing Philanthropy to Change the World," is now available to …

21 Mar. 2017 | Comments (0)
Time Is Running Out to Complete Your Giving in Numbers Survey
The Giving in Numbers 2017 survey, conducted by CECP in association with The Conference Board, is open until March 31, 2017. Remember to get your subm…

09 Mar. 2017 | Comments (0)
Register for The Conference Board and SNCR Events and Webcasts
By Alex Parkinson The Conference Board and SNCR has two great opportunities to learn more about digital health and communications in the next coupl…

28 Feb. 2017 | Comments (0)
ED Certificate a License to Give?
Due to the complex nature of making charitable donations to organizations outside of the U.S., it can be challenging for people and institutions to en…

21 Feb. 2017 | Comments (0)
“Flash Philanthropy” Exposes Diverse Nonprofits to Wells Fargo Employees
The question of how to better engage employees in community efforts is something I hear often from members. So, it’s always a pleasure to come across …

10 Feb. 2017 | Comments (0)
The Business Impact of Online Communities
By Alex Parkinson A new study assessing the business impact of online communities has found that 92 percent of community leaders believe online com…

02 Feb. 2017 | Comments (0)
Closing Tomorrow: Submissions for the Excellence in New Communications Awards
By Alex Parkinson The deadline to enter the Excellence in New Communications Awards is midnight tomorrow - Friday, February 3! Don't miss out on yo…

01 Feb. 2017 | Comments (0)
Building a New Organizational Culture to Succeed in an Era of Digital Transformation
By Alex Parkinson In October, 2016, The Conference Board hosted The Future of Digital Transformation and Innovation unConference in Brussels, Belgi…

27 Jan. 2017 | Comments (0)
Giving in Numbers 2017 Survey Now Open
This research, based on responses from 272 leading companies in 2016, including 62 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500, provides data and meth…

24 Jan. 2017 | Comments (0)
Deadline to Enter the Excellence in New Communications Awards Fast Approaching
By Alex Parkinson The deadline to enter the Excellence in New Communications Awards, presented by the Society for New Communications Research of Th…

24 Jan. 2017 | Comments (0)
The New Business of Business: Innovating for a Better World
The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled "The New Business of Business: Innovating for a Better World," is now available to download…

03 Jan. 2017 | Comments (0)
Join Us for January Webcasts and Events
By Alex Parkinson We're exploding out of the gate in the New Year at SNCR! There are a number of opportunities for you to participate in our events…

30 Nov. 2016 | Comments (0)
What’s Your GM Story? Podcast Explores GM Employee Stories
I was recently tasked with uncovering strong examples of internal storytelling—no easy task given that most examples are rarely public. However, at th…

28 Nov. 2016 | Comments (0)
What’s Your GM Story? Podcast Explores GM Employee Stories
By Alex Parkinson I was recently tasked with uncovering strong examples of internal storytelling—no easy task given that most examples are rarely p…

21 Nov. 2016 | Comments (0)
20 Truths about Corporate Philanthropy
In July, 2016, 46 experts met to discuss strategies for community impact at the Strategic Community Impact Symposium. In this post, we provide a snaps…

21 Oct. 2016 | Comments (0)
Join Us for the Strategic Community Impact Symposium
The U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Impact 2030 are a very important topic for companies right now. As companies are trying to globall…

21 Oct. 2016 | Comments (0)
Excellence in New Communications Awards: Call for Entries
By Alex Parkinson, Associate Director, Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board The Society for New Communications Research …

12 Oct. 2016 | Comments (0)
World's Largest Companies Seeing Financial Performance Aligned with Social Responsibility
In the most comprehensive annual analysis of corporate societal engagement, CECP: The CEO Force for Good, in association with The Conference Board, fo…

27 Sep. 2016 | Comments (0)
More Companies Move to Integrate Communications and Marketing
By Alex Parkinson, Associate Director, Society for Communications Research of The Conference Board The Conference Board and the Society for New Com…

07 Sep. 2016 | Comments (0)
Everything You Need to Know About Storytelling for Business: Part 2
By Alex Parkinson, Associate Director, Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board, and Kathy Klotz-Guest, Business Story Strategi…

01 Sep. 2016 | Comments (0)
The Corporate Response to the Orlando Shooting
Companies are being called on regularly by employees, customers and other stakeholders to provide relief support for communities affected by recent tr…

01 Sep. 2016 | Comments (0)
Everything You Need to Know About Storytelling for Business: Part 1
By Alex Parkinson, Associate Director, Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board, and Kathy Klotz-Guest, Business Story Strategi…

23 Aug. 2016 | Comments (0)
SNCR Launches SNCR 2020 Series: Exploring New Communications Tools and Technologies
By Alex Parkinson, Associate Director, Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board The Society for New Communications Research …

10 Aug. 2016 | Comments (0)
Participate in the National Survey of Business Support for the Arts
The 2016 National Survey of Business Support for the Arts is now open for submissions. The survey is open to companies of all sizes who participate in…

29 Jun. 2016 | Comments (0)
Corporate Communications Evolves in an Era of Business Uncertainty
By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, The Conference Board Growth in corporate communications department budgets, team sizes…

06 Jun. 2016 | Comments (0)
Leading Corporations Gained Competitive Advantage through Societal Engagement Programs
In the most complete annual analysis of corporate societal engagement, CECP, in association with The Conference Board, found in their annual Giving in…

02 Jun. 2016 | Comments (0)
“Big Issues, Many Questions” by CEP: A Response Focusing on Corporate Foundations
In his essay on pressing issues facing U.S. foundation leaders and boards, Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, recommen…

20 May. 2016 | Comments (0)
Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board Announces Annual Award Winners
By Alex Parkinson, Associate Director, Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board The Society for New Communications Research …

21 Mar. 2016 | Comments (0)
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01 Mar. 2016 | Comments (0)
Wells Fargo: Philanthropy Is Part of Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Framework
Because diversity and inclusion is tightly woven across the business, Wells Fargo’s enterprise diversity and inclusion function works with many other …

16 Feb. 2016 | Comments (0)
The Conference Board’s Integration with SNCR Brings an Exciting Focus on New Business Models
By Alex Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, The Conference Board The Conference Board has been brimming with excitement since we e…

16 Feb. 2016 | Comments (0)
The Conference Board’s Integration with SNCR Brings an Exciting Focus on New Business Models
The Conference Board has been brimming with excitement since we entered 2016. Not only is it the year of our centenary—The Conference Board was founde…

11 Feb. 2016 | Comments (0)
Corporate Philanthropy Is Evident in Strategies to Meet CEOs’ Challenges
Each year, The Conference Board releases the CEO Challenge, a report that asks CEOs, presidents, and chairmen across the globe to identify the most cr…

09 Feb. 2016 | Comments (0)
FedEx: Including Communities in its Diversity Mission
The way in which companies approach diversity and inclusion and corporate responsibility has come to define the corporate sector in the twenty-first c…

03 Feb. 2016 | Comments (0)
KeyBank: Diversity and Inclusion as a Core Value in Grant Making
In the second part of our series of case studies from our new report, Better Together: Why a United Front Can Propel Diversity and Inclusion and Corpo…

26 Jan. 2016 | Comments (0)
FedEx: Including Communities in its Diversity Mission
The way in which companies approach diversity and inclusion and corporate responsibility has come to define the corporate sector in the twenty-first c…

20 Jan. 2016 | Comments (0)
Participate in the 2016 Giving in Numbers Survey
Conducted by CECP, in association with The Conference Board, the 2016 Giving in Numbers survey collects data that helps companies make the business ca…

12 Jan. 2016 | Comments (0)
Q&A with Anne Sherman and Antoinette La Belle: Large-Scale Impact Requires a New Type of Social Sector Marketplace
In 2012, the Social Impact Exchange (SIE) launched the S&I 100, an index of nonprofit organizations that are developing high-impact solutions to press…

22 Dec. 2015 | Comments (0)
Giving Thoughts’ Top Five From 2015
It has been a busy year for the philanthropy industry in 2015. Giving Thoughts has been tracking some of the most pressing issues with contributions f…

14 Dec. 2015 | Comments (0)
Philanthropy, Interrupted: Why the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Has Us Questioning Philanthropic Intent
The philanthropy world has stirred with the recent announcement from Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan that they will do…

08 Dec. 2015 | Comments (0)
Pledge 1% Grooms Corporate Philanthropists From the Start
Last year on Giving Tuesday, Salesforce.org, the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, and Atlassian launched Pledge 1%, a movement encouraging start-…

01 Dec. 2015 | Comments (0)
SDG Q&A with Neil Hawkins: Collaborating to Redefine the Role of Business in Society
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) build upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and converge with the UN’s post-2015 develo…

12 Nov. 2015 | Comments (0)
Core CSR Issue Prompts Brown-Forman To Explore Social Impact Bond
Louisville-based beverage alcohol producer and marketer Brown-Forman has a well-established corporate vision: “To enrich the experience of life, in ou…

28 Oct. 2015 | Comments (0)
Giving Thoughts Series: Making Sense of Social Impact Bonds for Companies
The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “Making Sense of Social Impact Bonds for Companies,” is now available to download for free.…

06 Oct. 2015 | Comments (0)
Q&A with Steve Rochlin: View CR through a Business Planning Lens to Achieve Stronger ROI
A persistent challenge for corporate responsibility (CR) executives has been to provide concrete evidence on the return on investment (ROI) of CR effo…

22 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
Giving in Numbers: 2015 Edition Highlights Prominent Features of Corporate Societal Investment
CECP, in association with The Conference Board, has released Giving in Numbers: 2015 Edition, the 10th anniversary edition of the leading benchmark re…

25 Aug. 2015 | Comments (0)
Integrated Corporate Communications and Marketing Could Help Place Community Building at the Heart of Materiality
There is an emerging trend of integration in the corporate communications and marketing fields, which is predicated on the fact that companies are inc…

11 Aug. 2015 | Comments (0)
Giving Thoughts Series: Nielsen and the World Food Programme—Revolutionizing Data Collection
The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “Nielsen and the World Food Programme—Revolutionizing Data Collection,” is now available to…

04 Aug. 2015 | Comments (0)
Q&A with George Khalaf: In the Middle East, Social Entrepreneurs Fill Voids Left by Public Sector
Social enterprises are becoming a popular driver of social impact. This is true in the developed world, where organizations such as Lava Mae and Feedi…

14 Jul. 2015 | Comments (0)
Contributions Council I Meeting Highlights Power of Collaboration for Social Impact
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, were the host cities of the June meeting of The Conference Board Contributions Council I. Attendees heard speakers discuss l…

25 Jun. 2015 | Comments (0)
Communicating Social Impact Stresses the Need to Publicize CSR Programs
At a time when so many organizations are demonstrating a commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), simply operating with a sense of purpose…

10 Jun. 2015 | Comments (0)
Early Giving in Numbers Findings Show Corporate Giving Becoming More Embedded at Companies
Growth in key giving indicators from the 2015 Giving in Numbers survey, conducted by CECP in association with The Conference Board, illustrate the exp…

20 May. 2015 | Comments (0)
Contributions Council II Round-Up: Innovative Grantmaking
The spring meeting of The Conference Board Contributions Council II, a peer networking group of corporate philanthropy executives from some of the bes…

20 May. 2015 | Comments (0)
Giving Thoughts Series: Flagship Programs—Focusing Corporate Social Investments for Impact
The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “Flagship Programs: Focusing Corporate Social Investments for Impact,” is now available to …

05 May. 2015 | Comments (0)
Creativity and Impact: Can the Arts and Corporate Philanthropy Coexist?
Some people are numbers focused, others are creatives. In business, it is often the metrics and the people behind them that pull the strings and the c…

21 Apr. 2015 | Comments (0)
Q&A with James Lum: GuideStar's Impact Calls Deliver Results-Based Information to Stakeholders
Last month, I listened in to GuideStar’s first quarterly “Impact Call” for 2015. The idea intrigues me. Impact calls make sense—after all, companies d…

15 Apr. 2015 | Comments (0)
More Evidence for Corporate Philanthropy to Support Nonprofits’ Data Efforts
We’ve been hearing for a while that nonprofits want to be able to better collect and analyze data to improve their performance assessments. Now, there…

09 Apr. 2015 | Comments (0)
Q&A with Bradley Googins: Creating a New Generation of Social Entrepreneurs in Africa
E4impact, an initiative of Alta Scuola Impresa e Societá (ALTIS - Graduate School of Business and Society) at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in …

07 Apr. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Outcomes Are the Observable Results of Programs That Lead to Social Impact
There is an important distinction between, and progression from, outcomes to impact. Meeting a particular outcome may represent a step toward impact, …

31 Mar. 2015 | Comments (0)
Fact of the Week: Defining Your Social Impact Is an Important Part of the Evaluation Process
Since impact definitions drive decisions and ultimately move dollars, a clear definition is necessary to develop an effective and measurable philanthr…

26 Mar. 2015 | Comments (0)
Giving Thoughts Series: Data Quality to Further Philanthropy's Mission
The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled "Data Quality to Further Philanthropy's Mission," is now available to download for free. Au…

19 Mar. 2015 | Comments (0)
Contribute to an Analysis That Can Improve Your Giving
The 2015 Giving in Numbers survey is entering its final phase, and CECP and The Conference Board are eager for companies with revenue in excess of $2 …

05 Mar. 2015 | Comments (0)
Giving Thoughts Series: Best Practices in Corporate Community Engagement
The latest version of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “The Civic 50: Best Practices in Corporate Community Engagement,” is now available to downl…

27 Feb. 2015 | Comments (0)
American Companies Reticent to Disclose Charitable Contributions Data
North American companies are least likely to disclose charitable contributions information, despite median contributions being higher than companies i…

09 Feb. 2015 | Comments (1)
Teach For America: How a Core Purpose Helps to Engage Employees and Extend Impact
Highly engaged organizations emphasize a core purpose that does not entail mere financial or operational objectives. These organizations create a comm…

05 Feb. 2015 | Comments (0)
Connect on Key Corporate Philanthropy Issues
On February 10-11, The Conference Board’s Business-Community Impact Symposium in New York City will bring together social impact executives to discove…

03 Feb. 2015 | Comments (0)
Teach For America: How a Core Purpose Helps to Engage Employees and Extend Impact
Last year, The Engagement Institute™, a community of more than 100 members under the supervision of a research team led by The Conference Board, Deloi…

26 Jan. 2015 | Comments (0)
Q&A with Lucy Bernholz: “Digital Data Are the Most Abundant Asset Most Corporations Have”
Each year, Lucy Bernholz, a philanthropy blogger and visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, publishes a…

22 Jan. 2015 | Comments (0)
Sunsetting Group Gives Lessons to Future Volunteers
Reimagining Service, a group of service and volunteering leaders backed by Bank of America, Deloitte and Gap, Inc., was established in 2009 as a time-…

15 Jan. 2015 | Comments (0)
Giving in Numbers 2015 Survey Open
The data, insights and knowledge collected by the Giving in Numbers survey and disseminated annually through the Giving in Numbers report are unrivale…

08 Jan. 2015 | Comments (0)
Sustainable Development Goals through the Lens of Corporate Philanthropy
In a previous Giving Thoughts post, Jennifer Kim Field from the United Nations (UN) Foundation outlined the role that the private sector could play in…

23 Dec. 2014 | Comments (0)
Giving Thoughts' Top Five from 2014
It’s been a year since we launched Giving Thoughts, our complimentary blog and online publication series. Throughout 2014, a range of contributors hav…

18 Dec. 2014 | Comments (0)
Giving Thoughts Series: Global Pro Bono on the Rise
The latest version of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled "The State of Global Pro Bono," is now available to download for free. Authored by Amanda M…

02 Dec. 2014 | Comments (0)
#GivingTuesday Encouraging Early-Stage Corporate Philanthropy
Whereas vast numbers of individuals and organizations will use Giving Tuesday to donate directly, for some companies it’s also about influencing other…

02 Dec. 2014 | Comments (0)
Home Depot: #GivingTuesday a Chance to Shine Spotlight on Partners
Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving that will enter its third annual campaign on December 2, is not only an opportunity for individuals to give b…

25 Nov. 2014 | Comments (0)
The Conference Board Releases Framing Social Impact Measurement
As part of The Conference Board’s series on key business issues, this week we have released Framing Social Impact Measurement, a compendium to help co…

18 Nov. 2014 | Comments (0)
Find Out How Leading Companies Address Critical Philanthropy Issues
On February 10-11, 2015, The Conference Board will host the Business-Community Impact Symposium in New York City, bringing together professional peers…

12 Nov. 2014 | Comments (0)
Q&A with Suzanne DiBianca:
Earlier this year, the Salesforce Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the global customer relationship management (CRM) company, began offering its S…

30 Oct. 2014 | Comments (0)
Upcoming Philanthropy Webcasts Address China and New Trends in Corporate Giving
Two upcoming webcasts from The Conference Board will focus on findings from Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition, and the state of the philanthropy sector …

21 Oct. 2014 | Comments (0)
CECP and The Conference Board Release Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition
CECP, in association with The Conference Board, this week released Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition, the leading annual analysis of corporate giving an…

17 Oct. 2014 | Comments (0)
Does Corporate Philanthropy Add Value to Your Company?
The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled "Corporate Philanthropy and Company Value," is now available to download for free. In this …

15 Oct. 2014 | Comments (0)
Q&A with Anastasia Dellaccio: #GivingTuesday Grows with Corporate Support
Giving Tuesday, an annual global day dedicated to charitable giving, celebrates its third year on December 2, 2014. In that time, the campaign has gar…

24 Sep. 2014 | Comments (0)
Giving in Numbers Webcast: New Trends in Corporate Giving
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition, the leading annual benchmark of corporate giving publi…

17 Sep. 2014 | Comments (0)
We Don't Really Know What CSR Means to Millennials
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board We recently published a piece about impending labor shortages and how companies will ne…

12 Sep. 2014 | Comments (0)
Strategic Focus Should Advance Evaluation Practices
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board “Focus” appears to be the theme of the week in the philanthropy sector. On Wednesday, w…

04 Sep. 2014 | Comments (0)
What Do Impending Labor Shortages Mean for Corporate Philanthropy?
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board This week, The Conference Board released From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers, a …

03 Sep. 2014 | Comments (0)
Part 2: Q&A with Alexandra van der Ploeg, SAP
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board, and Alexandra van der Ploeg, Global CSR Program Lead, SAP Last month, we posted Part 1…

21 Aug. 2014 | Comments (0)
New Giving Thoughts Series Article: A Beginner's Guide to Measuring Social Value
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts series, entitled “A Beginner's Guide to Measu…

01 Aug. 2014 | Comments (0)
Insight Minute: Giving in Numbers
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board In the July edition of The Conference Board Insight Minute, I highlight some of the ear…

30 Jul. 2014 | Comments (0)
A Case for Strategic Philanthropy
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board The question of whether corporate philanthropy actually generates business value is a p…

21 Jul. 2014 | Comments (0)
Q&A with Amanda MacArthur: Leadership Development with Social Impact
PYXERA Global helps companies send employees on skills-based assignments with nonprofit and government partners. PYXERA Global’s VP of Global Pro Bono…

08 Jul. 2014 | Comments (0)
Q&A with Amanda MacArthur: Leadership Development with Social Impact
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board, and Amanda MacArthur, Vice President of Global Pro Bono, PYXERA Global Corporations op…

01 Jul. 2014 | Comments (0)
New Giving Thoughts Series Article: Defining Impact
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts series, entitled "Defining Impact," is now av…

27 Jun. 2014 | Comments (0)
Second Chance to Watch the Corporate Philanthropy and Social Impact Bonds Webcast
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board Our special KnowlEdge Series webcast on corporate philanthropy and social impact bonds …

06 Jun. 2014 | Comments (0)
Webcast: What Social Impact Bonds Mean for Corporate Philanthropy
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board In anticipation of a new report from The Conference Board on social impact bonds, which…

22 May. 2014 | Comments (0)
Insight Minute: Social Impact Bonds
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board In the May edition of The Conference Board Insight Minute, I provide a quick overview o…

20 May. 2014 | Comments (0)
Corporate Giving and Revenues Rise Together
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board From 2010 to 2013, the majority of companies—64 percent—increased their community inves…

06 May. 2014 | Comments (0)
What Do the Changes to the Peterborough Social Impact Bond Mean for the Model?
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board The UK Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last week announced that the Peterborough Prison socia…

28 Apr. 2014 | Comments (0)
Is the Impact Genome Project the Answer to the Big Data Question?
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board The nonprofit sector is frantically trying to make sense of big data. In particular, it…

10 Apr. 2014 | Comments (0)
Webcast on Demand: 501(c)'s and the Proposed Political Activity Rules
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board If you missed The Conference Board’s webcast on proposed regulatory changes for 501(c)4…

01 Apr. 2014 | Comments (0)
Last Chance to Participate in the Giving in Numbers Survey
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board The deadline for the 2014 Giving in Numbers survey has been extended. If your company h…

26 Mar. 2014 | Comments (0)
501(c)'s and the Proposed Political Activity Rules: Implications for Business
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board This winter, the IRS and Treasury Department issued proposed regulatory changes for 501…

11 Mar. 2014 | Comments (0)
Another Record Social Impact Bond, Another Feature for Foundations
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board As quickly as the buzz surrounding New York State’s record social impact bond (SIB) has…

03 Mar. 2014 | Comments (0)
Why Environmental Donations Don't Follow Sentiment
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board Greenbiz, a sustainability media outlet, published a report in February that looked at …

20 Feb. 2014 | Comments (0)
Second Chance to Watch the Giving in Numbers Webcast
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board On Friday, February 7, members from CECP joined me in The Conference Board webcast stud…

13 Feb. 2014 | Comments (0)
Chart of the Week: giving internationally
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board As companies pursue global business strategies and attempt to open up new markets, corp…

10 Feb. 2014 | Comments (0)
Breaking down employee grant-making committees
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board In my last post, I reported that although employee engagement in the corporate philanth…

31 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
Chart of the Week: giving by program area
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board Corporate philanthropy now supports Education (K-12 and Higher Education) more than any…

29 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
Companies look to engage employees, but rarely through grant-making committees
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2014 recently identified human capital as corporate …

23 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
Giving in Numbers survey launches; register for the survey webcast
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board CECP and The Conference Board are excited to launch the 2014 Giving in Numbers survey. …

21 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
New York State social impact bond showcases role for foundations
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board The social impact bond (SIB) field is abuzz with the recent news that New York State ha…

17 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
Chart of the Week: corporate giving
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board Philanthropic contributions by U.S. companies continued to grow in 2012, according to G…

10 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
Which funders are most interested in impact measurement? Corporations, it seems
So we found it particularly interesting to read a new research report that attempts to provide a clear picture of impact measurement practices across …

16 Dec. 2013 | Comments (0)
A case for nonprofits influencing corporate donors?
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board BBC Panorama, the popular documentary program on television, has highlighted the diffic…

12 Dec. 2013 | Comments (0)
Giving Thoughts welcomes new Advisory Board members
By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board Giving Thoughts is happy to announce three new Advisory Board members from Austria, Can…

03 Dec. 2013 | Comments (0)
The Conference Board launches Giving Thoughts
By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director of Corporate Leadership, and Alex Parkinson, Research Associate Welcome to Giving Thoughts, the new blog from …