Silicon Valley Community Foundation and YourCause Announce Partnership to Create CSR Center

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) and YourCause, LLC announced a new partnership that will integrate SVCF’s domestic and international grantmaking expertise with the employee engagement solutions currently being delivered by YourCause. Additionally, the partnership has committed to the expansion of its capabilities for the small to medium size business market and will be deploying new solutions in 2013 for companies to further expand their existing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs internationally.

In an effort to deliver a more seamless, interactive, and ‘one-stop-shop’ experience for all current and future clients, the partnership has agreed to provide offices to members of the YourCause team within SVCF’s offices. Between the two organizations, the partnership will now have a presence within five offices throughout the Silicon Valley-San Francisco Bay Area and Dallas, Texas.

SVCF and YourCause, both leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility, recognized a need in for a turnkey customer-focused solution for companies interested in implementing and enhancing their local and global employee giving programs. With this relationship, SVCF’s network of over 100 corporate partners will have access to YourCause’s CSRconnect employee engagement platform. CSRconnect is a private-label application that builds internal online communities to support employee engagement and enhance global good through giving, volunteering, disaster response, and other related features. Current YourCause clients will benefit from SVCF’s expertise in international grantmaking as the third largest international grantmaker in the US by number of grants.

“We have extremely high expectations of this partnership, and are excited to work with the entire team at SVCF. The opportunities to deliver more innovative and effective solutions, to all sizes of business, both domestically and abroad, are massive and ones that we truly look forward to tackling through this partnership” commented Matthew Combs, the Founder and CEO of YourCause.

The partnership will provide leading corporate citizens a simplified, customizable and highly responsive matching gifts program. This integrated solution includes domestic and international matching gifts platform, providing companies with a robust employee engagement tool catered to a global workforce.

“SVCF is happy to have found a partner as committed to helping companies make community impact as we are,” said Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., CEO and President of the community foundation. “Together, SVCF and YourCause will be able to make all companies’ philanthropy more powerful.”

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. The community foundation has $2.9 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

Launch DFW Features YourCause Profile

Shout out to launchDFW for featuring us under their startup profiles. launchDFW is the online home for the Dallas – Fort Worth Startup Community. They provide a site that takes the first step towards bringing the community together and discovering all the cool stuff that’s going on in the Metroplex. The site aims to be THE place for you to find info on the local startup scene, companies, founders, events and more.

To learn more about launchDFW or to view our profile, visit here. In the meantime, we give you a sneak peek of our profile below:

Give us the 30-second elevator pitch on your company

YourCause provides companies with CSRconnect employee engagement platform. A community that allows corporations to engage their employees in giving and volunteering programs.

Tell us about the founders, who they are, backgrounds, and why they are passionate about your company

YourCause was founded by Cornell graduate Matt Combs in 2008. He is a technology entrepreneur that has founded multiple companies and he has a passion for doing good.The perpetual challenge of “doing good”…

YourCause Partners with Versaic to Enhance Delivery of Corporate Grant Management Solutions

Versaic corporate grant tracking solution to be integrated within the CSRconnect platform.

YourCause, LLC announces a partnership with Versaic Inc., enabling companies to more effectively engage with nonprofits through grant administration, sponsorship requests and in-kind donations. The partnership plans to integrate both companies’ respective products and services to offer clients a single solution to seamlessly manage all aspects of their corporate social responsibility programs such as employee engagement, disaster response, dollars-for-doers, and corporate grants.

“Versaic and YourCause share a vision as to how we can leverage technology to improve how enterprises are able to more effectively give back, and our internal cultures are nearly exact copies of one another,” said Matthew Combs, Founder and CEO of YourCause. “For those reasons and many more, we are all very excited about what our organizations can do together.”

YourCause focuses on employee engagement programs while Versaic focuses on external donation and grant requests. Both companies support diverse clients with multiple programs that are often managed by the same corporate teams. The integration delivers value to clients by making it possible to manage employee engagement programs, corporate grants, and consolidate reporting within a single location.

Together, YourCause and Versaic have put forth plans to develop integrated reporting capabilities intended to unify additional elements of each clients’ philanthropic programs. From this, clients will be able to more effectively report and evaluate all corporate grants, matching gifts, employee donations and volunteer hours for charities they are supporting. The partnership further opens the door for clients to select YourCause for the distribution of funds to approved organizations for corporate grants in addition to payroll, matching gifts and volunteer grants payment processing.

“YourCause knows that a company’s greatest asset is its people and has made a name for itself by providing new and compelling ways for clients to engage with their employees,” said Burt Cummings, CEO of Versaic.

“We’re looking forward to teaming with YourCause because our software platforms and high-touch approach to client support are totally aligned,” added Cummings. “As partners, our joint solutions lay the foundation for our clients to “change the game” with the right tools for leadership in corporate responsibility and philanthropy.”

About Versaic, Inc.
Versaic is the leading provider of online Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program management solutions. Versaic combines proven best practices with innovative technology and affordable pricing to simplify processes and improve the ROI/ROO for clients. Whether it’s grants, sponsorship, donations or sustainability programs, Versaic’s best-in-class solutions are easily combined and customized to provide companies of any size a comprehensive solution for managing their CSR programs. Visit http://www.versaic.com to learn more.

[Infographic] State of Developing Global Good

As a company whose mission is to “Develop Global Good,” we’re excited to see an increase in corporations striving to offer their giving and volunteering programs internationally. International programs are growing at a fast pace, so we put together a nice little infographic that highlights some of the most useful statistics regarding international giving and volunteering programs.

State of Developing Global Good Infographic by YourCause, LLC

Check out our other infographics below:
Where and Why People Donated Their Time and Money
The Evolution of CSR and the Web
Charitable Payroll Deductions
CSR- The Business Case

YourCause and Dell – A Partnership Delivering True Impact

Today Dell has announced that their employees have volunteered over 700,000 hours in 2012 (which is nearly 70% more than the year prior). This is substantial for making an impact in communities, shaping the CSR industry as a whole and we get to proudly be a part of it.

Dell believed in YourCause when we were still the “new” guys on the block for employee engagement solutions (circa 2009) and vigorously worked with us to get our platform to not only meet their needs – but something that would enable us to develop global good as we establish more partnerships.

Our partnership is only a testament of delivering true impact through collaboration of expert engagement strategy and innovative technology. Our founder and CEO, Matt Combs, said it perfectly in the press release:

“Dell’s results are truly impressive and far exceed what we typically see throughout the industry. By no means does this come as a surprise to our team, as Dell’s programs and ongoing support of their employees continues to be the industry model for how to achieve results from employee engagement.”

So congratulations to Dell, their employees and all the nonprofits that have benefited from their service. Cheers to 2013 and creating limitless opportunity to make a difference.

To read the full press release, click here.

BCCCC Film Festival Finalists

After 90,000 plus votes, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has announced its top ten finalists for this years film festival! We’d like to highlight three of our clients that made it into the top ten AT&T, Dell, and Hilton Worldwide. Videos will be shown during the conference in April where they will announce the winner. For more information on the Film Festival or to watch the finalists videos click here.

Congratulations to all finalists and good luck!

  • Aetna Inc.
  • Amway
  • AT&T
  • Dell
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Humana Inc.
  • Mary Kay Inc.
  • Sabre Holdings
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • UPS

Happy Wednesday,
The YourCause Team

YourCause Big 5

On Monday, February 25th we celebrated our fifth birthday providing CSRconnect to our clients and users. It was a great day that consisted of surprises for us (the employees) and Matt Combs (the man who created it all). Matt surprised us with five events that occurred throughout the day; first being breakfast tacos! Next, we ate a delicious YourCause cake and surprised Matt with a video we made for him. Sadly, event three didn’t take place due to Texas weather (but we guessed it was putt putt). Event four we drove a few minutes back to the past and ate dinner at the infamous Carmines that we all have grown to love. Lastly, headed back to our old office where YourCause began and reminisced on memories. Don’t worry, we managed to get our work done but definitely took in all the moments of these past successful five years.

With that said, we’d like to toast to the past five and cheers to the next!

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