YourCause Blog Has Moved!

With the recent redesign of our corporate website, we’ve incorporated our blog into the website to provide our readers with more seamless experience and give us the chance to share more industry insight with you all. So, if you haven’t already, please update your bookmarks to http://csrconnect.me/easyblog.html and point your RSS feeds here. Be sure to comment on the blog and let us know what you think!

YourCause and Silicon Valley Community Foundation Release Revolutionary Solution to Transform International Grantmaking

In partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), YourCause is offering a revolutionary approach for making international grantmaking more accessible to all companies and their employees throughout the world. Employees of companies using YourCause’s CSRconnect platform now have the ability to support all verified nonprofits anywhere in the world. The new solution delivers to employee engagement administrators and programs the most affordable, scalable, and verifiable methods for expanding traditional employee programs internationally.

This groundbreaking platform will make philanthropy accessible to companies of any size and encourage increased philanthropy by corporations and their global workforce. Silicon Valley Community Foundation also will support all U.S.-based grantmaking through the CSRconnect platform, which will include U.S. Department of Education qualified schools. With access to both domestic and international options, companies can now approach their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs more holistically, resulting in a more comprehensive, integrated, and inclusive overall effort. YourCause, through the CSRconnect platform is rolling out the enhanced services using a tiered fixed pricing model, factoring in size of company, expected level of engagement, and market interest to simplify the cost structure.

YourCause chose to partner with Silicon Valley Community Foundation because of its deep expertise in international grantmaking and extensive network of global nonprofit organizations. As one of the most active U.S.-based international grantmakers, SVCF already has an extensive list of global nonprofit organizations. This partnership will help grow the total pool of international approved nonprofits eligible to receive a donation as well as put in place a process whereby employees may identify and request additional organizations to be considered. SVCF’s staff of experts will ensure each new international organization is carefully reviewed and qualifies to receive charitable gifts under United States tax law.

“Consolidating the processing channels for a company’s domestic and international transactions will further streamline the user experience and dramatically expand our ongoing capabilities for the CSRconnect platform,” said Matthew Combs, CEO of YourCause. “We remain excited about the ongoing collaboration with Silicon Valley Community Foundation and will seek to be the consummate leader for innovating and introducing additional methods to garner greater change and overall efficiencies within this space.”

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., CEO and President of SVCF commented, “As the comprehensive center of philanthropy, SVCF is delighted with the opportunity to make global philanthropy accessible to all and we hope that as a result more people will give generously to the causes they care about the most locally, nationally and around the world.”

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes all forms of philanthropy more powerful. We serve as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to our region’s most challenging problems and give more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States. SVCF has $3 billion in assets under management and more than 1,650 philanthropic funds. As Silicon Valley’s center of philanthropy, we provide individuals, families, and corporations with simple and effective ways to give locally and around the world. Find out more at http://www.siliconvalleycf.org

YourCause Website Receives a Makeover

NewWebsiteAfter weeks of planning, creativity, and designing we have finally launched our new YourCause website! As we rolled into our fifth year providing CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform, we thought simplicity, appealing to the user eye, and a clean website would be appropriate to demonstrate our brand and YourCause personality.

When you visit www.csrconnect.me you will be directed to our new site that provides you with our services and how they can help measure and impact your employee engagement programs, meet our growing team of innovators, view our industry insights, latest news, and much more. This website will allow the visitor to quickly access what they are looking for whether it be our solutions, scheduling a demo, or search for the charity contact in a few simple clicks.

This website is meant to serve two purposes. 1. Educate potential clients and partners on our services and 2. Be a repository for the latest insights coming from both YourCause clients and the industry. Here’s a breakdown of a few tools at your disposal:

- YourCause blog: We’ve migrated our blog from WordPress over to the website to provide a seamless experience. This will be the go-to place for YourCause news, industry insights, announcements, and thought leadership discussions. Feel free to leave a comment and start a discussion, or use the tags to find the article that you’re looking for.
Industry Insights: We’ve created an entire page dedicated to providing you with the best insights and recommended readings. Visit this page to flip through our gallery of infographics, view the latest reports and studies, or browse our CSRinsights collection.
Connect with us on your favorite social media channel: You’ll find social sharing links all over the website, so let’s connect and continue the conversations!

The best part is – it’s just the beginning. The new CSRconnect.me will serve as the launch pad for numerous other efforts we have in the works around case studies and industry collaboration. So, now that you’ve heard all about our new site go ahead and visit www.csrconnect.me and see for yourself what our bragging is all about!

Note: Our blog posts will now be published only on http://www.csrconnect.me. Stay connected with us and read what’s on our mind on the new website.

-YourCause Team

AMD Combines Volunteer Efforts within Conference Events

AMD has published a white paper titled Bringing Action into the Agenda: Crowdsourcing Volunteerism at Corporate Events. It provides a guidance document and case study to show how integrating a volunteer effort into a conference / event can deliver a win-win set of benefits to several parties.

This is a great read and very beneficial for conference-goers and those who host corporate events. GOOD Magazine highlighted AMD’s white paper in a recent article One Way to Revolutionize How We Network at Conferences? Service Events, and received good comments and receptivity from readers.

According to AMD’s white paper, here are five key benefits in integrating volunteerism within conference events:

1. Conference organizers benefit by distinguishing their event from others, providing participants with a unique experience, and adding another sponsorship opportunity.
2. Sponsors / hosts of a volunteer event can show their organization’s commitment to the community and employees while supporting the associated cause.
3. Participants receive an additional and unique networking opportunity in a rewarding volunteer environment that naturally facilitates interaction.
4. Locally-based NGOs benefit from additional volunteers to help support their mission, and often they in-turn can provide volunteer support in the form of equipment and/or expertise.
5. The host community stands to gain from a large volunteer event that delivers valuable services for the public good.

To continue reading or to download the white paper, click here!

-YourCause Team

YourCause Nominated as “Best Places to Work in North Texas”

bptw-briefcase-logo 300We are excited to announce we have been nominated as one of the Best Places to Work in North Texas by Dallas Business Journal! We couldn’t be more thrilled for this opportunity and will anxiously wait for the finalists to be announced.

North Texas companies that earn the Best Places to Work designation — by achieving best practice scores — will be featured in a special Dallas Business Journal publication on Sept. 27, and celebrated at a luncheon on Sept. 26. Best Places to Work honorees will be announced in the Dallas Business Journal and online in early July.

Stay tuned – we will announce any updates. Also, if you are a company whos headquarters are in the Dallas/FortWoth metroplex and would like to submit a nomination, click here.

Happy Wednesday,
YourCause Team

Edelman Provides Employee Engagement Examples for National Volunteer Week

We’d like to highlight Edelman’s recent article on how to think about the generational spectrum during this week’s National Volunteer Week. They provide a few examples how companies can engage all types of employees in their volunteer program. Below is a preview of the article and can read the rest here.

A happy National Volunteer Week to you and yours! April 21-27 is our designated springtime week here in the U.S., during which time we inspire each other to re-engage and give of ourselves to our communities.

Here at Edelman, we give a lot of thought year-round to inspiring people to engage. We often work with corporate clients to create “spectrums” of volunteer opportunities for their employees that range from low engagement (e.g. book drives, one-time hands-on volunteer events) to high engagement (e.g. executive nonprofit board service, six month pro bono contracts). But there’s another kind of spectrum that’s important to consider when looking to inspire engagement.

Often professionals of different generations and different stages of their careers are looking for different things from their company’s employee volunteer program. Below are a few examples of how companies can think along the generational spectrum…

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YourCause Partners Recognized as Best Corporate Citizens

crEvery year we look forward to CR Magazine’s annual best corporate citizens listing and proud to see that our corporate partners are recognized! We would like to congratulate our clients and all the companies doing amazing work in the community.

To see the full “100 Best Corporate Citizens 2013″ listing, click here!