The Conference Board uses cookies to improve our website, enhance your experience, and deliver relevant messages and offers about our products. Detailed information on the use of cookies on this site is provided in our cookie policy. For more information on how The Conference Board collects and uses personal data, please visit our privacy policy. By continuing to use this Site or by clicking "OK", you consent to the use of cookies. 

26 Mar. 2015 | Comments (0)

The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled "Data Quality to Further Philanthropy's Mission," is now available to download for free. Authored by Scott Cody, vice president and director of human services, and Daniel Shapiro, director of data analytics and management, Mathematica Policy Research, this piece considers what it takes to ensure the right data is being collected and assessed properly in order to improve social impact measurement practices.

Introduction from "Data Quality to Further Philanthropy's Mission"

Corporate philanthropy has a dual mission of pursuing public welfare and supporting the values of parent corporations. Assessing the alignment of philanthropic activities with these missions can be challenging, but today’s data-rich environment provides prospects for meeting that challenge. Taking advantage of these opportunities requires access to high-quality data. This Giving Thoughts article considers how companies can play an active role in facilitating the collection, management, and analysis of robust performance data by grantee recipients to better assess the activities of both recipients and the charitable contributions.

About the Giving Thoughts Series

The Giving Thoughts Series is a free online publication in which The Conference Board engages corporate philanthropy experts in an open dialogue about topical issues of concern to member companies. To download the latest editions, please click the titles in the right-hand column of this website. To see our archive, please click here. If you have a manuscript that you would like to submit for consideration, or if you would like us to consider a particular topic, please contact me at

  • About the Author:Alex Parkinson

    Alex Parkinson

    Alex Parkinson is Principal of Parky Communications, a communications agency specializing in sustainability and CSR reporting and communications. He serves as the Co-Leader of The Conference Board Cor…

    Full Bio | More from Alex Parkinson


0 Comment Comment Policy

Please Sign In to post a comment.

    Subscribe to the Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy Blog and Newsletter
    Support Our Work

    Support our nonpartisan, nonprofit research and insights which help leaders address societal challenges.