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Investing in the Employee Experience – Engagement Through Volunteering

The Employee Experience – Transaction vs. Transformation 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…

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Employee Volunteer Program

Employee Volunteer Program - LBG Canada

POTENTIAL CHALLENGES IMPEDING THE SUCCESS OF YOUR EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM Having an employee volunteer 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 volunteer program. Yet, community investment professionals can face low employee volunteer 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 A COMPANY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM TO REFLECT YOUR NEEDS Creating a successful company volunteer 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 company 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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Enhanced Reporting

ENHANCED 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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Community Partner

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A COMMUNITY PARTNER Trends indicate that companies with community investment programs are interested in partnering with community based organizations and institutions. By working with community partners, companies are able to directly benefit communities, while also strengthening relationships with their customers and employees. For effective long-term partnerships, it is important for…

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Collecting Data From Children

COLLECTING DATA FROM CHILDREN I’ve now accumulated some experience leading SiMPACT SROI evaluation projects that involve children under 13 years old.  The youngest members of some social programs with which I’ve done an SROI for have been five or six years old. The SROI framework encourages highly participatory, stakeholder-informed contributions to the evaluation, from the…

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Keeping Employees Engaged

KEEPING EMPLOYEES ENGAGED! Employee engagement is a recurring theme in many blog and newspaper articles. Engaged employees typically feel that they are respected, integral member of their teams, and important to the success of the organization as a whole. Not surprisingly, these employees are more likely to remain committed to their organizations. A study summarized…

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Standard of Practice

BUILDING STANDARD OF PRACTICE IN SROI In November 2014, the Social Return on Investment (SROI) International Network merged with Social Impact Analysts Association (SIAA) to form Social Value International (SVI). This is an exciting development as the two organizations had strong visions of putting social value on the agendas of government, corporate, and social profit…

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Value of Community Investment

HOW CAN YOU UNLOCK THE VALUE OF COMMUNITY INVESTMENT? DEFINE IT. KPMG’s recent report Unlocking the value of social investment states that companies around the world have no trouble reporting on community investment inputs and outputs, but reporting on impact remains elusive. Many challenges to impact reporting are listed, ones that we have all encountered in our…

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Auditing Community Investment

IMPORTANCE OF AUDITING COMMUNITY INVESTMENT A recent blog post on Corporate Citizenship,  Benchmarking Blunders,  is a great reminder on the importance and benefits of using audited data when comparing community investment, employee giving and employee volunteering programs. Auditing is a fundamental part of the LBG Canada process. At SiMPACT, we believe the annual audit underpins…

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SiMPACT Update

SiMPACT UPDATE SiMPACT’s work falls into three areas: broader community investment consulting, facilitating LBG Canada, and a diversified portfolio of consulting and training in SROI. News from SROI and Evaluation Team The SROI and evaluation team at SiMPACT has much on the go! Current projects range from individual analysis of Right to Play, Special Olympics,…

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Audit & Benchmarking Process

LBG CANADA AUDIT & BENCHMARKING PROCESS The LBG Canada network represents over 250 community investment professionals within multiple sectors across Canada – all seeking to achieve the highest standard in community investment. Members of LBG Canada participate in an annual benchmarking process audit to help each company demonstrate the value of its community investment portfolio. Six…

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Volunteering & Giving Program

LBG CANADA TRENDS IN VOLUNTEERING AND GIVING PROGRAMS Employee engagement matters. The findings of a study involving over 1500 employees was recently summarized in an article written by Adam Weinger. The study showed that “companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%.” A key driver in an engaged employee  is the pride…

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