May 27, 2015

Corporate Responsibility

Education: A Nonprofit Employee Benefit of Ever-Increasing Importance

ThinkerChrysler is providing a new educational benefit for employees; nonprofits should consider adding support for continuing education to their own packages.

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Employee Giving Coerced by Corporations Shows Up Politically

PoliticsCorporate employees don’t like being coerced to make charitable contributions that corporate managers call for, and they increasingly don’t like being pushed to make contributions to their corporate bosses’ favorite political candidates, either.

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Fast Food and Living Wages: Can They Coexist?

Fight for $15It was an interesting week that was in the fight over minimum wage.

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Calls for Fixing the Tax Exemption Follow NFL’s Decision to Drop 501(c)(6) Status

 

NFL tax statusWhen the NFL ditched its tax-exempt status, concerns from Congress about the nonprofit classification of the league seemed to end. But critics of inconsistencies in IRS categories still think something should be fixed about the content and purpose of 501(c) organizations.

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TOMS Instagram Campaign: Heavy on Marketing, Light on Education

Instagram and TOMSIn a strategic Instagram campaign, TOMS invites people to go barefoot for all or part of one day…and, not incidentally, to build the company’s brand recognition in the process.

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A Next Generation of Cause Marketing Featuring…Integrity! (We Hope.)

NikeThis Forbes article looks at a number of different cause marketing efforts whose sponsoring corporations have come under fire for inconsistencies.

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Why Did the NFL Give Up Its Tax-Exempt Status?

 

NFLWhen Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that the National Football League is giving up the tax-exempt status that former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle fought so hard to obtain, you have to wonder what’s up.

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Sweet Deals for Corporations Result in Deep Losses to Residents

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Comcast is getting $40 million from local municipalities to help build its new skyscraper headquarters expansion. But is the cable behemoth being a good neighbor to the City of Brotherly Love?

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A New Scheme for Judging Corporate “Just”-ness, Starring…

JonesAdd billionaire Paul Tudor Jones II to the list of people who think they have a better way of rating and ranking corporations for their social responsibility—and, in the course of which, elevate their behavior and market attractiveness.

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Clothing Label Campaign Will Reveal Sweatshop of Horrors

Child workingThe Canadian Fair Trader Network’s new campaign reveals the shocking realities of sweatshop workers, starting a dialogue with shoppers on how “the label doesn't tell the whole story.”

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The Murky “Progressive” Politics in Social Enterprise: Thoughts from Two Conferences

ProgressiveProgressives tend to be conflicted about social enterprise and broader issues of corporate social responsibility. The Cohen Report pulls the issues apart in this review of two social enterprise-focused conferences from earlier this year.

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The Unvarnished Truth (and Nonprofit Angst) about Corporate Volunteer Days

HelpIn the case of corporate volunteer days, the needs of nonprofits and the tangle of corporate intentions behind these events do not always align.

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UN Women Pulls Nonexistent Plug on Uber Collaboration after Backlash

NewsShortly after Uber’s proposed collaboration with UN Women to enlist female drivers, UN Women denied the proposal would be moving forward.

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Apple Invests $50M in A Diversity Pipeline: Is that the Answer?

NewsApple plans to invest $50 million dollars in nonprofit organizations with the goal of increasing diversity in the tech field, at Apple and elsewhere.

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Urban Institute’s $10M Engagement to Measure Chase’s Philanthropic Impact

 

JP MorganJPMorgan Chase is granting a research center the largest corporate contribution in the nonprofit’s history.

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Davos World Economic Forum Wildly Expensive and Unbearably Fatuous

DavosThe ostentatious excesses of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, say a lot about the problem-solving leadership to be expected by some of the world’s political and economic elites.

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Study: Corporate Giving Improves Employee Performance

GivingAs social responsibility becomes increasingly important to employees, companies must consider their philanthropic policies and how they influence employee performance.

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FB Cofounder’s “Good Ventures” Approach to Philanthropy

MoskovitzWhile heralded as innovative, the “effective altruism” approach of Moskovitz and Tuna is actually already widely used and has its detractors.

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Washington NFL Team Loses in Football but Claims Philanthropic Success

NFLCounterbalancing a bad season on the gridiron, the D.C. NFL franchise points to its charitable success off the field.

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Philanthropy as Key Ingredient to American Capitalist Economy

GivingIn his new op-ed, Ronnie J. Phillips says, “Spending and giving…are crucial to maintaining the vitality of a capitalist economy.”

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Hey, Google, Spare Another Dollar?

Google GrantsNonprofit organizations deserve equitable access to digital marketing to fulfill their missions. Another dollar from Google can make that happen.

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Counting on the Corporate Sector for Social Responsibility—Not

StatoilHow does it go? “Fool me once…” Will the nonprofit sector be drawn into the idea that corporations will take care of social justice with their sheer might?

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Snyder and His GM Try to Buy Native American Approval—No Go

MascotHidden in the sports pages of the Washington Post is a tidbit about the lengths Dan Snyder and company will go to make the team name issue vanish.

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Walmart’s Workers Can’t Afford to Shop at Walmart for Thanksgiving

WalmartMany employees of America’s largest corporation struggle to make ends meet and must rely on government and private charities to fill in the gaps.

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How the Other Half Gives: Philanthropy from High Net Worth Individuals

1%The link between giving and volunteering persists, even among high net worth givers.

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Is ALEC Slowly Unraveling? AOL Gets Gone

AOL and ALECAOL is the latest Silicon Valley giant to pull its support from the conservative group.

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Activist against Washington NFL Team Wins Presidential Medal of Freedom

SuzanOne among the luminaries picked to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom is truly worth noting: Native American rights activist Suzan Harjo, who has been a thorn in the side of Daniel Snyder.

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Casting a Skeptical Eye on Goldman Sachs’ Preschool SIB Program in Chicago

GodmanThe most recent twist in the use of social impact bonds borders on the ridiculous.

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ScarJo and Sodastream Fizzle Out in Occupied West Bank Settlement

ScarJoLast week, SodaStream announced it would shut its controversial plant in Mishor Adumim. The BDS divestment movement is calling this a victory.

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Danger Sign: AGs Succumb to Special Interest Lobbying

CautionApparently, attorneys general are being aggressively lobbied by corporations or others who anticipate investigation or want an inoculation against it.

 

 

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