Corporate Giving Programs and Foundations

Corporate Philanthropy refers to the investments and activities a company voluntarily undertakes to responsibly manage and account for its impact on society. It includes investments of money, donations of products, in-kind services and technical assistance, employee volunteerism, and other business transactions to advance a social cause, issue, or the work of a nonprofit organization. Corporate foundations and corporate giving programs traditionally play a major role in these areas.

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From GEO, collective action is an effective way for nonprofits to increase their impact, but they often lack the key capacities that enable these types of partnerships to thrive. This publication offers insights on the core capacities nonprofits need to collaborate and how funders can help.

With the majority of companies today having at least one formal domestic volunteerism program1, employee involvement is a topic of increasing relevance to the corporate world. Companies are realizing that volunteerism is not necessarily an ancillary strategy, but rather one that can be aligned with their core business and differentiate them in both the marketplace and the workplace.

In corporate philanthropy, technology can help create efficiencies, produce data that demonstrate impact, and develop programs that build the capacity of nonprofit partners, thus deepening the influence of corporate social investment on the lives of its intended beneficiaries. And it is this personal connection that is important to maintain. For philanthropy is ultimately about people, not numbers. Quality grantmaking depends on maintaining relationships with individuals and organizations on the ground to make a difference in society.

Using promising practices from leading practitioners, this solutions brief offer tips and suggestions to help you maximize communications about your corporate philanthropy program. Key strategies include developing a strong plan; leveraging internal and external resources; using branding to strengthen your messages; and learning (and using!) new communication techniques.

You will learn how strategic communications can strengthen your philanthropic program on a day-to- day basis as well as during times of crisis and change.

This sample grant proposal review worksheet may be used by staff or board to help rank your findings.

This sample declination letter can help you inform grant applicants that their grant proposal was not accepted.

This sample grant proposal application checklist can be customized to your foundation's processes, allowing you to check off each step of the grant application process.  

The Stewardship Principles for Corporate Grantmakers are a set of governance best practices that embody how corporate philanthropies can reflect fundamental values including honesty, integrity, fairness, and trust, in their board governance, management, and grantmaking.