Gateway Center for Giving Corporate Roundtable: June 3, 2015

June 5, 2015

Engaging Veterans:  This week the Gateway Center for Giving Corporate Roundtable featured FullSizeRender (2)“Engaging Veterans: Philanthropy and Employment Practices,” an online program offered by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC).

The BCCCC webinar focused on the ways that companies are using the valuable skills and experience of military veterans, both through their philanthropy initiatives and employment efforts.

Participants heard from Robin Boggs, US Corporate Citizenship lead at Accenture and Maggie Pollard, Manager at Accenture, who discussed Operation: Employment, their overall effort to support veterans through external efforts (e.g. build capacity of NPO partners, engage Accenture’s employees in veterans’ initiatives in their local communities) and internal efforts (e.g. recruit, retain, and engage military and veterans as employees). The Accenture representatives provided highlights on their own targeted tools that help them to employ veterans, from military career coaching to online digital and technology skills training. Accenture partners with local, national and flagship organizations, which they say is the key to their success in building out their veterans’ employment practice.  By 2020, Accenture has committed to hire 5000 veterans.

Next, Paul Weigel, Directory of Community Affairs at Outerwall (which is the parent company for Coinstar, Redbox and ecoATM; with 66,500 kiosks worldwide), discussed the company’s efforts in this space.  Outerwall uses internal business resource groups, such as “Armed Forces & Allies,” to support organizational initiatives that engage veterans and to drive the corporate behavior which attracts new employees. The corporation also utilizes tools like a micro-site for veterans to conduct job searches that match civilian job codes with military job codes.  Additionally, Outerwall participates in job fairs targeting transitioning veterans and partners with veterans groups that assist in skill set development and foster community involvement, giving leaders within the company the opportunity to coach and mentor veterans..

Both companies recommend looking for opportunities that align with your own business operations, and encourage organizations to think broadly about intersections that exist in the space in order to have holistic impact in the internal and external communities. Many good national partners are out there; employees can tell you what is important to them, so encourage that feedback.

Local funders: A number of Gateway Center for Giving members are currently funding a range of initiatives focused on engaging veterans, including Enterprise Holdings, Boeing, Express Scripts, Maritz, Ameren, and the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation.


Funder Strategies: Updates & Information A ‘Meet the Donor’ Program

April 30, 2015

Nonprofits, Community Members, and Grantmakers: Join the Gateway Center for Giving to hear from a panel of local funders describing updates they have made to their funding strategies in order to support increased impact in our community.

Featured grantmakers will include:

  • The Boeing Company
  • Deaconess Foundation
  • Mid-America Transplant Services / Donate Life Foundation
  • Nestle Purina
  • St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund

As at all Meet the Donor programs, it is important to note that we follow a Good Guest, Good Host policy, in which attendees are asked to refrain from making fundraising requests during, and immediately before and after the program.

When:  May 27, 3:00-5:00pm
Where:  The Missouri History Museum, Des Lee Auditorium
Open to:  Center Member Grantmakers, NonMember Grantmakers, Nonprofits, Community Members

Register for this program by clicking here!

Cost:

  • General Admission (Nonprofits, Grantmakers, Community Members): $20.00
  • AFP Members: $15.00

Thank you to Wells Fargo Advisors and AFP for supporting this program. Special thanks to the Missouri History Museum for hosting.

Please contact Clare Brewka at clare@centerforgiving.org with questions about this program.


New Grant Reporting Tool Helps Funders Assess Effectiveness

March 25, 2015

The Gateway Center for Giving is pleased to announce the launch of a new Grant Reporting Tool, consisting of general tips and a menu of core questions that are considered best practices in effective grant reporting.  The Grant Reporting Tool and accompanying resources are available on the Gateway Center for Giving website, www.centerforgiving.org. Read the rest of this entry »


Gateway Center President & CEO Highlights Philanthropy in DC

March 20, 2015

Gateway Center President & CEO, Deb Dubin, traveled to Washington DC for the past week to highlight the positive impacts of philanthropy.

Philanthropy creates thriving communities: I spent several days this week for Foundations on the Hill (FOTH), the centerpiece event during Philanthropy Week in Washington. FOTH is hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, in partnership with the Council on Foundations.

This year, more than 190 foundation leaders and regional associations from 31 states and the District of Columbia met with their members of Congress to highlight the role and impact of philanthropy.

During my visit, I had the opportunity to meet directly with Missouri leaders including Congressman Lacy Clay and his staff, Senator Roy Blunt and his staff, and tax counsel to Senator Claire McCaskill.

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Gateway Center for Giving Celebrates the Strength of Philanthropy in St. Louis

January 30, 2015

St. Louis, January 30, 2015—The Gateway Center for Giving convened 165 grantmakers and nonprofits at the Gateway Center’s Annual Meeting today to celebrate the generosity of donors in the St. Louis region and recognize four award winners for their grantmaking excellence and impact. Gateway Center members collectively represent more than $3.8 billion in charitable assets, of which more than $274 million are deployed in the St. Louis region each year.  Read the rest of this entry »


2014 Philanthropic Landscape: Local Charities Report Good Times Returning

July 18, 2014

PHILANTHROPIC LANDSCAPE 2014
“Diving Into Data: 
What, Why and How to Use It for Success”

Sponsored by The Rome Group,
 with the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation 
and the Gateway Center for Giving



ST. LOUIS, July 17, 2014 –  Nearly three of every four nonprofits in a recent survey of St. Louis area organizations reported meeting their fundraising goals in 2013, with two-thirds saying they raised more money last year than in 2012. The percentages are the highest reported since 2007, before the recession. Further, they reflect a national uptick in charitable giving, as reported in the latest Giving USA report, which noted total giving in the U.S. in 2013 was $335.17 billion, up 4.4 percent from 2012, or 2.7 percent after adjusting for inflation. In a further sign of optimism, 59 percent of local nonprofits believe they will raise even more money in 2014. The results are part of annual surveys of area nonprofits and local institutional and individual grantmakers, conducted by The Rome Group, a local consulting firm, in partnership with the Gateway Center for Giving and the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation. A total of 216 nonprofits and 95 grantmakers of all sizes completed the surveys. The results of the surveys were to be presented to an audience of almost 500 attendees at The Rome Group’s annual Philanthropic Landscape event on July 17 at Washington University’s Edison Theater. “Despite the hardships during the recent recession, charitable giving, both locally and nationally, continues to grow steadily,” said Amy Rome, principal and founder of The Rome Group. “In fact, total giving adjusted for inflation is up 150 percent over the past 40 years. Our latest survey demonstrates that philanthropy is benefitting from a stronger economy, and that’s good for all of us.”

Among the institutional grantmakers (primarily corporate and private foundations) surveyed, 83 percent reported they funded the same number or more organizations in 2013 than in 2012, and 92  percent expect their 2014 dollar contributions to be as high or higher. Ninety-three percent of  individual donors (including family foundations and donor advised funds) funded at least as many  organizations in 2013, and 70 percent will give as much or more this year. A majority of both groups is also now open to accepting grant proposals from previously unfunded organizations.

“These are the strongest numbers we’ve seen since the recession of 2008,” said Amelia Bond, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We are seeing a return to optimism among funders of all types,” added Deb Dubin, president and CEO of the Gateway Center. “Virtually every sub-sector is benefitting from the resurgence in philanthropic activity.”

According to the surveys, the biggest challenge facing nonprofits in 2014 continues to be meeting demand for services with current staffing levels. Cutbacks in staff and other resources during the recession are still impacting many nonprofits,” explained Rome. Nonprofits also expressed concern about the need to provide better data and measurements on program impact. That prompted the theme of this year’s Philanthropic Landscape event: Diving into Data.

“There is a growing interest in the use of data,” noted Rome. “Funders are asking for it. Board members expect it. Individual donors want proof their gifts are having an impact. The important thing, however, is for organizations to find ways to use data not only to satisfy their stakeholders, but also to measure effectiveness and efficiency, along with results and impact. “The challenge,” she added, “is that nonprofits often do not have adequate time, staffing or training to analyze and translate data to use for decision-making.” While 87 percent of survey respondents reported collecting data of all types, “many of them admit they are not really using it effectively to make program improvements or to raise more money.”

The grantmakers survey reported similar findings. “Most of the nonprofits our donors support do a good job of collecting data on the need for their programs and services,” said Bond. “But there is a gap in understanding as to whether or not nonprofits are using this data to improve their programs.” Dubin added that a majority of funders who responded to the survey appear to have doubts that nonprofits have the necessary staff, skills or technology to do effective data management. “Unfortunately, respondents told us they are either unwilling or unsure about supporting a specific request to fund data collection and analysis. That shows us that nonprofits can do a better job of selling the need for data and proving its long-term value.”

The Philanthropic Landscape event featured a keynote presentation on this topic by Carolyn Roby, senior vice president with Wells Fargo Foundation in Minnesota.  Four local philanthropic leaders then joined her in a panel discussion, including:

• Charles Gasper, director of evaluation for the Nine Network;

• Rhonda Gray, executive director of Almost Home;

• Melinda McAliney, program director for Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis; and

• Kristine Ramsey, senior vice president of development at Wyman Center.

The results of The Rome Group’s surveys can be viewed at www.theromegroup.com, and click here to access a list of data resources.


Gateway Center for Giving Launches Charitable Giving Guide for Businesses

May 22, 2014

The Gateway Center for Giving is pleased to announce the launch of a free community resource, the Business Guide to Giving: Establishing a Charitable Giving Program. The Business Guide to Giving offers advice and expertise for businesses in the St. Louis region and is available for download by visiting the Gateway Center website at http://www.centerforgiving.org.

“St. Louis businesses play a vital role in maintaining the quality of life in our region. Businesses provide jobs and economic stability. They also provide charitable support and volunteer hours to initiatives that enrich our lives and our communities oImagen a daily basis,” said Gateway Center CEO Deborah Dubin.

While business owners are often eager to respond to community needs, many do not have a specific plan for guiding and leveraging the distribution and use of their charitable contributions.  The Business Guide to Giving  was created to help businesses set up and carry out a charitable giving program by taking participants through the basic steps, from deciding why to give; determining where to give; allocating what to give; and finally, assessing impact.

“In the same way that a business plan helps a company stay on course toward its financial goals, a charitable giving program – however informal – can help a business achieve a number of goals for itself, and for the community in which it operates,” noted Ann Vazquez, Board Chairman of the Gateway Center for Giving and President of the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis.

Support for the Business Giving Guide was provided by YouthBridge Community Foundation.

 

About the Gateway Center for Giving

The Gateway Center for Giving helps donors do more. We strengthen philanthropy and promote community impact by providing programming, research, technical assistance, and professional development opportunities to grantmaking organizations in the St. Louis region, and we enhance regional leadership through information on community needs and philanthropic best practices, supporting collaborative action to help address our region’s most pressing issues. The Gateway Center for Giving was founded in 1970 (as the Metropolitan Association of Philanthropy, or MAP), and our members include corporations, donor-advised funds, foundations, trusts and professional advisors actively involved in philanthropy. To learn more, visit www.centerforgiving.org.

 

About YouthBridge Community Foundation

YouthBridge Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant communities by bridging the resources of generous donors with the needs of worthy nonprofit organizations. With a heritage rooted in children and youth causes dating back to 1877, YouthBridge and its philanthropy advisors consult today on a wide range of charitable giving solutions. Based in St. Louis, the organization offers specialized expertise and philanthropic management services to donors, nonprofits, advisors and businesses nationwide.

 


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