The Annual Conference on Corporate Contributions is the premier conference in the U.S. for professionals in corporate citizenship, corporate social responsibility, community relations and volunteerism, assembling renowned speakers, authors, practitioners and educators.
Participants leave the Conference with a renewed sense of purpose, greater understanding of trends and pressing issues, a wealth of practical knowledge that may be put to use immediately, and lasting connections through networking with colleagues from around the country and diverse corporations.
As the corporate philanthropy profession looks toward its future, there is great and positive anticipation for the ways it may effect social change for the better and drive business results. However, that optimism must be tempered and a practical view maintained about the level of change that can truly be achieved on both fronts.
This year’s Conference central theme – Going Beyond – The Potential of Corporate Philanthropy – is about not only achieving the potential of corporate philanthropy and corporate responsibility, but also about challenging the limits it faces. While the alignment of philanthropic efforts with corporate priorities has never been greater than it is today, so now is the expectation of results from these efforts.
There are certainly obstacles lying before the profession that must be overcome. The expectations of corporate philanthropy/responsibility must be
raised; however are we acquiring enough quantitative data to support that social progress is happening as a result of these investments?
Furthermore, corporate philanthropy professionals are faced with even more complexities as companies strive to integrate social responsibility
across the entire enterprise. Not only must we carefully determine how far we can move the needle, we must also acknowledge our capacity to get