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Giving Strategies to Pitch to Your Employer

Picked up this blog post on Inspiring Generosity from Joe Waters http://bit.ly/1dNiRFk who cites some excellent examples of corporate generosity, and how to use these examples to pitch to your employer. A part of this concept is the value of cause marketing….just one approach for for-profits to align with a nonprofit cause or brand and allocate a portion of their profits for the mission that has a clear tie-in to the nonprofit. For example, several years ago General Mills formed a relationship between its Cheerios product and the American Heart Association.

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Infographic of Dan Pallotta’s TED Talk

Krista Lewis designed a fabulous Infographic http://bit.ly/1bYwfEP of Dan Pallotta’s TED talk of a few months back: The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong.

We don’t want nonprofits to have any allowance for infrastructure. We want our nonprofits to cure disease, feed the poor, educate our children but do it all for a pittance. And take bupkas for salaries.

Take a look at Dan’s points as illustrated by Krista. It shows the folly of this thinking.

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Art Serves the Community: Origami for BackStoppers

Origami in a public park to help raise money for public safety officers who died in the line of duty, serving their community. in St Louis on Sunday August 18 was a field of Origami paper cranes for sale for this cause: BackStoppers. Read more here: stltoday.com/news/local/metro/paper-cranes-alight-on-art-hill-to-aid-fundraising/article_f20dd975-2a84-542c-bcd8-3bf34f3c9627.html …

By the way: Found this on Twitter, thanks to a new poster: Lori Fletcher @LoriDF. Thanks, Lori!

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McKinsey Global Survey: Corporate Board Member Report

The most recent McKinsey Global Survey reports that corporate board members find themselves focusing more (since 2011) on strategic issues than merger & acquisition issues in the corporate (profit-making) sector. The link to the McKinsey article: http://bit.ly/16aNFhF. This overview report seems to indicate that boards have spent less time recently on merger and acquisition issues and thus have spent more time on issues relating to corporate strategy, thus leaving board members feeling they understand corporate direction better than in recent past. While there is little to compare particularly for small-to-midsize nonprofits in this scenario, it’s interesting to point out the importance of strategic focus for boards in direction-setting and helping board members understanding overall scope of an organization’s focus and direction.

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