Happy Birthday Canada! – Connecting Community Investment to the Holiday

With summer here, people are out celebrating the country’s 150th birthday and everything Canadian – from building an online Canadian coat of arms, to planning vacations exploring our National Parks with Parks Canada’s 2017 free passes. Beyond learning how to pronounce “sesquicentennial”, there are solid corporate reasons to celebrate Canada’s 150th. The anniversary also provides…

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Community Investment Matters – June 2017

LBG Canada – $2.97 Billion in Company Contribution to Community As we approach the end of the 2017 audit cycle, Bryan Thiedemann (Manager, Data Analytics & Special Projects) and Andy Muth (candidate, SFU & data analytics) have been examining the LBG Canada data set for interesting trends and facts to contribute to the State of…

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Imagine Canada & LBG Canada partner to Strengthen Corporate Impact on Communities

Toronto, ON. – Imagine Canada, national advocate on behalf of a strong charitable sector, has joined forces with London Benchmarking Group (LBG) Canada, a resource for companies seeking to impact community through community investment, employee volunteering and giving programming. Together, LBG Canada companies and Imagine Canada Caring Companies will set the highest standard in community…

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Investing in the Employee Experience – Engagement Through Volunteering

While more and more studies are being published that link employee engagement to volunteer experiences, Chris Jarvis of Realized Worth will tell you that too many companies are missing opportunities to truly engage their employees. Why? Because they are thinking about transaction rather than transformation. Thinking “transaction” often limits strategic focus to acknowledging existing employee…

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It’s Giving Tuesday, Time to Jump!

It’s Giving Tuesday, Time to Jump!   One key element of Giving Tuesday is that there are many ways to give. Some might give cash, some might give time, while others might share their knowledge or leverage their networks for community benefit. If you give your time, or represent an organization that benefits from time…

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Employee Volunteering Program

POTENTIAL CHALLENGES IMPEDING THE SUCCESS OF YOUR EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERING PROGRAM Having an employee volunteering program integrated within your company continues to be a growing expectation among Canadian companies. In 2013, 89% of LBG Canada companies report having an established volunteering program. Yet, community investment professionals can face low employee volunteering participation and even limited enthusiasm.…

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Skills-Based Volunteering

WHAT IS SKILLS-BASED VOLUNTEERING? Skills-based volunteering occurs when organizations capitalize on professional skills, talents, and individual education to assist a community partner meet an objective through various volunteering activities (Volunteer Canada, 2015). Skills-based volunteering is similar to traditional volunteering as it provides a non-profit with a free service, it engages employees, and contributes to a…

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Reflect Your Needs

CREATING AN EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERING PROGRAM TO REFLECT YOUR NEEDS Creating a successful employee volunteering program is a process that requires recognizing a company’s individual context and circumstance to ensure the program fits its employee’s unique needs. Surveys taken by the London Benchmarking Group (LBG) Canada, indicate the following regarding employee volunteer programs: (1) 11 out…

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What is SROI?

WHAT IS SROI? Social Return on Investment (SROI) is a framework based on social accounting principles that can be used to help value (monetize) the social, economic and environmental outcomes created by an organization’s activities. Specifically, SROI analysis is intended to illustrate the amount of social value created for every dollar invested in a program.…

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Enhancing Reporting

ENHANCING REPORTING A growing importance has been placed on organizations, by the public, to report above and beyond the financial status of the organization. Stakeholders expect enhanced reporting practices as they want to be actively communicated with, regarding the community investment activities. Increasingly, organizations are releasing annual community investment or corporate social responsibility reports to…

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