By Sarah Beaulieu, Senior Advisor, Opportunity Nation and Reimagining Service Council Member - We create meaningful ways for volunteers to engage with our work – it’s part of our organizational DNA. We think big, but ask for the specific things each volunteer is prepared to offer.
By Jane Leighty Justis, The Leighty Foundation and Reimagining Service Council Member - As small foundations, we are always looking for leverage. Where and how can we invest our assets in ways that will produce the best returns? Will organizations we funded in the past survive these times of shrinking resources and growing needs?
We must encourage and support our grantees as they reimagine how to accomplish their missions with fewer resources. The effective engagement of additional volunteer resources is an obvious part of the solution.
By Jane Leighty Justis, The Leighty Foundation and Reimagining Service Council Member - We are faced with new realities. Our world continues to move deeper into economic instability, and needs are increasing exponentially. The time has come to support and strengthen volunteer engagement, which has proven to be a high impact, renewable asset if mobilized and used effectively.
As funders, we have the opportunity to support our grantees’ capacity to reimagine how they can unleash this natural renewable resource to accomplish their missions, strengthen their communities, and increase the return on our investments.
This year marked the launch of The Civic 50, a national initiative led by the National Conference on Citizenship, Points of Light, and Bloomberg News, to comprehensively evaluate the community engagement practices of the nation's largest corporations. The goal: to recognize those companies employing the most progressive civic-engagement practices, while illuminating the path for others to follow suit.
Measuring civic engagement is not an easy task. With input from a broad range of corporate, nonprofit, academic, and government leaders, The Civic 50 ultimately created a multi-tier rubric for assessing corporate practices and policies across a range of dimensions. True Impact was privileged to provide technical expertise and the web-based infrastructure to help translate The Civic 50’s rubric into a national survey and evaluation process.