The Conference Board Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy addresses the need of corporate members for knowledge and peer learning experience in the field. Our mission is to assist the business community in integrating philanthropy, citizenship and sustainability into a cohesive value-growth strategy where the company fully leverages its relations with a wide array of stakeholders.

Our portfolio of research and programs includes: 

Alex Parkinson is Executive Editor of Giving Thoughts, our blog and monthly publication series. He is supported by Co-Editor Alice Korngold, author or A Better World, Inc: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems... Where Governments Cannot. Our Advisory Board of distinguished scholars from around the world helps guide the work. The Board includes:

  • Gina Anderson, Center for Social Impact, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Paul Brest, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University
  • Professor Alnoor Ebrahim, Harvard Business School
  • Professor Bradley Googins, Executive Director Emeritus, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
  • Dr. Tessa Hebb, Director, Carleton Centre for Community Innovation at Carleton University
  • Professor Dima Jamali, Olayan School of Business, University of Beirut
  • Robert John, Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, National University of Singapore
  • Professor Karen Maas, Erasmus Business School, University of Rotterdam
  • Professor Lester Salamon, Center for Civil Society Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Professor Barbara Scheck, University of Hamburg
  • Dr. Christian Schober, Director, Nonprofit Competence Center, Vienna University of Economics and Business

To learn more about our Initiative, please contact:

Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Research, Corporate Leadership, at +1 212.339.0335 or

Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, Corporate Leadership, at +1 212.339.0382 or

Benchmarking Corporate Philanthropy

Giving in Numbers: 2016 Edition analyzes giving trends by 272 of the world's largest companies.

Download the complimentary report here

Giving Thoughts Blog and Series

Giving Thoughts Blog The Giving Thoughts Blog is updated weekly with news, thought pieces, Q&As and guest posts from The Conference Board experts, and external contributors.

The Giving Thoughts Series is an online publication in which corporate philanthropy experts delve into the most pressing issues affecting our members. Download the most recent edition here.

Initiative on Sustainability