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11/15/2017 12:00 AM

CDW’s charitable giving is directed to children’s health and well-being, education, health and human services, and veterans’ services.

OVERVIEW

CDW is a leading provider of technology products for business, government, education and health care organizations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Founded in 1984 as Computer Discount Warehouse, the company offers over 100,000 information technology products for sale, including desktop computers, printers, servers, storage devices, networking equipment, software and accessories from more than 1,000 brands, including big names like Adobe, Apple, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. For 2017, the company reported sales of nearly $15 billion and employed about 8,800 workers worldwide.

GIVING

CDW’s charitable giving is directed primarily to nonprofit organizations that are located and/or operating in a community where it has business operations. The company provides a combination of cash grants and employee volunteers, with most of its giving devoted to the following focus areas:

  • Children’s well-being. The company supports various groups and programs that serve children’s well-being, with priority areas including:
    • Providing conditions for children to learn and develop.
    • Fostering a positive view of themselves and an identity that is respected.
    • Having enough of the basic human necessities like food and clothing.
    • Promoting positive relationships with family and friends.
    • Having a safe and suitable home environment and local community.
    • Having an opportunity to take part in positive activities to thrive.
  • Education and literacy. CDW supports schools and organizations focusing on improving K–12 student academic achievement with a heavy focus in the area of science, technology, engineering and math. It also supports literacy programs with an eye toward ensuring more potential job candidates who know how to use reading, writing, listening and viewing, speaking and presenting, and critical thinking skills to benefit the business.
  • Health and human services. The company strives to improve the quality and access to affordable health care through support of innovative and technology-based programs.
  • Military veterans. The company honors veterans, wounded warriors, active-duty service members and their families by providing technology and support to help military and their families while deployed and after they return home.

Some of the programs and organizations CDW supports include:

  • The Center for Enriched Living. The CEL enhances and enriches the lives of people with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism and Fragile X syndrome.
  • The Greater Chicago Food Depository. This is one of the largest nonprofit food distribution centers in the United States, feeding more than 310,000 hungry children and adults annually.
  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Every July, CDW’s employees embark on a monthlong grassroots fundraising campaign called the CDW Fun Drive for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
  • Operation Homefront. The company supports this group, which provides emergency assistance and morale to U.S. troops, the families they leave behind and wounded warriors when they return home.
  • YWCA TechGYRLS. CDW supports this program designed to reduce the widening gender gap and increase exposure to and interest in technology for girls, ages 9–14. Designed to broaden girls’ knowledge of and interest in math, science and technology, the program helps girls gain confidence using technology tools in whatever profession they pursue.

CDW supports its employees’ efforts to give back to their communities by offering one paid Community Service Day off per year. Some examples of groups and projects supported by employee volunteers include:

  • Habitat for Humanity. Hundreds of CDW employees volunteer each year to help support this group’s goal of providing adequate housing for those who need it.
  • The American Cancer Society. Each year, CDW and its employees participate in the Relay for Life event to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs.
  • Chicago Cares. CDW employees volunteer in the Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon to transform schools into beautiful, energetic places to help create a better environment for children to learn and grow.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters. CDW provides financial support to this organization, while numerous CDW workers volunteer their time by mentoring children.
  • Junior Achievement. CDW also provides financial support to this group, which is supported by numerous employee volunteers who mentor students.
  • The American Red Cross. CDW’s employees have been trained for the ARC’s local disaster response volunteer program, Ready When the Time Comes.

Visit the company’s website for more information.

11/2/2017 12:00 AM

As the philanthropic sector changes, grantmakers need to adapt their practices and keep them updated to ensure maximum impact.

Grantmakers of all sorts hope that their processes are efficient and effective, helping their nonprofit grantees progress toward their missions and helping the grantmaker itself accomplish its own goals and objectives. But as the philanthropic sector changes—whether it’s the integration of new technologies or increased awareness of the challenges nonprofits face—grantmakers need to adapt their practices and keep them updated to ensure maximum impact.

According to Melissa Sheetoo at nonprofit software firm CyberGrants, reviewing best practices can be helpful for newbies and seasoned pros alike.

“Grantmaking is a multistep, complex process and it can be very cumbersome, especially if the steps aren’t automated,” Sheetoo told Corporate Philanthropy Report.

“Even those that have been in the grantmaking business for years can benefit from taking a fresh look at how/why they support the organizations that they do and if/how they can improve their process,” she said.

To help in that effort, CyberGrants recently released guidance that offers a series of tips for addressing key facets of the grantmaking process. They include:

  • Focusing on collaboration. According to the guidance, collaboration is the key to ensuring both parties are getting what they need out of a partnership. And the first step in that is to investigate and evaluate what needs the nonprofit is facing, above and beyond cash.
  • “Grantmaking can go beyond simply writing a check and expand into a true, collaborative partnership. Oftentimes, the grantmaker has experience with operations, strategic planning, technology, etc., and that knowledge can really benefit the nonprofit,” Sheetoo said.

    She added, “Post-funding, seeing firsthand how the grantmaker’s funds are being used can speak volumes in contrast to reading a narrative on what has been done. And face-to-face discussions are always helpful in fostering great relationships.”

  • Emphasizing the value of measuring and tracking progress. Nonprofits these days should understand the need to collect data that can be used to measure their impact, but it’s important that both sides are involved and seeing satisfactory progress, Sheetoo said.
  • “The expectation is that the grantmaker would be measuring the effectiveness of their giving … both in terms of whether the NPO is meeting its goals/making a difference, and in terms of achieving their own (the grantmaker’s) mission,” she said.

  • Making it public. According to CyberGrants, letting the world know about the impact and good your foundation has done through its grantmaking helps both parties. And there’s no time like the present, Sheetoo said.
  • “Grantmakers can share their efforts at any/all steps along the way!” she said. “Ninety percent of Americans say they’re more likely to trust and stay loyal to companies that actively try to make a difference, and two-thirds of millennials say they won’t work for a company that does not have strong corporate philanthropy efforts. Publicizing your efforts not only reflects positively on your organization, but it helps shine a light on the NPO as well.”

  • Embracing transparency. According to CyberGrants, grantmakers should be transparent about the full process—from application to consideration to decision-making, funding and follow-up—so that nonprofits know what to expect. On this front, software that automates communications to keep applicants in the loop could be especially helpful, Sheetoo said.
  • Engaging applicants every step of the way. Being transparent about the process is a good start, but keeping up communications with applicants and grantees throughout is also crucial—even when the applicant was rejected, CyberGrants said.
  • “Grantseekers are passionate about their organizations and often pour their hearts and souls into the causes and grant applications,” Sheetoo said. “Especially since they’re often juggling multiple priorities and applying for many different grants, it’s important to communicate throughout the process.”

    This helps nonprofits know where they stand, and is really simple for grantmakers if they’re using software to automate the process.

  • Following up. Too often, grantmakers select grantees, send off the check and wait for progress reports. Instead, they should be actively following up with grantees and seeing how else they could support them and maximize impact, CyberGrants said.
  • “In addition to cash, nonprofits can often benefit from volunteer hours (skills-based and/or extra sets of hands to get things done), board service and in-kind or product donations,” Sheetoo said.

    Foundations also often have deep experience working with nonprofits and can provide assistance in terms of strategic development, goal setting, finding alternate sources of funding, polishing applications and more, Sheetoo said.

  • Setting realistic goals. Foundations should be leery of placing unduly restrictive limits on how much of a grant can go to overhead and operational expenses, Sheetoo said.
  • “There has been a lot of press lately about nonprofits that spend ‘too much’ on overhead. However, overhead costs can help a nonprofit grow and make more of an impact if they lead to greater visibility, stronger leadership and more efficiency in the long run,” she said.

    Rather than setting a strict limit on overhead percentages, check out the nonprofit’s ratings and reviews, recent accomplishments and long-range plans, she said.

  • Exploring disbursement options. According to CyberGrants, the options for grant payouts have expanded in the last decade and a half, and grantmakers should evaluate how their processes are serving their security needs and those of their grantees. For example, they can offer electronic ACH payments or positive pay banking files to help reduce check fraud and reduce overall cycle time, the company said.
  • “There are so many more options for disbursements now,” Sheetoo said. “Grantmakers should consider the overall security, reliability, timeliness and efficiency when determining the best method for their needs.”

For more information, visit www.cybergrants.com.

10/17/2017 12:00 AM

NXP directs its charitable giving to the core areas of education, health and wellness, and the environment.

OVERVIEW

NXP is one of the largest chip makers in the world. Its semiconductors are used in a wide variety of consumer and industrial products, including computers, radio equipment, automotive computer systems and wireless base stations, to name a few. NXP sells its chips to electronics companies such as Panasonic, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Apple, Bosch and Ericsson, with sales from China accounting for about a third of its revenue. In 2016, the company posted sales of about $9.5 billion and employed roughly 31,000 workers worldwide.

GIVING

NXP directs its charitable giving to groups and programs that enhance the quality of life in the communities where its employees live and work. Through corporate sponsorships, employee volunteerism and employee giving, the company tries to make a positive difference in the following three focus areas:

  • Education. This includes promoting educational endeavors that encourage students to learn about science, technology, engineering and math to help inspire future innovators.
  • Health and wellness. The company supports employee and community health and wellness programs focused on increasing physical activity and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
  • The environment. NXP supports groups that foster the sustainable use of the earth’s resources and promote a clean, healthy environment.

Some examples of programs that the company and its employees have supported in recent years include:

  • The Austin Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. NXP has been a long-time supporter of the Austin Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K, an Austin tradition. The race attracts more than 18,000 runners and some 30,000 spectators, including some 250 runners and 500 volunteers from NXP’s facility in the region. In 2017, the company served as the event’s title sponsor.
  • The American Heart Association. NXP employees in Texas and Arizona participated in the recent AHA Heart Walk, where employees walked, donated and volunteered to help raise money for critical research.
  • Keep Austin Beautiful. Nearly 80 NXP employees, family members and friends in Austin volunteered at the Keep Austin Beautiful Clean Sweep event to remove trash from the city of Austin and preserve the local environment for the community and future generations.
  • The United Way’s Day of Caring. Over 180 NXP employees volunteered at eight Day of Caring projects and volunteered community service time in support of local nonprofits such as the Capital Area Food Bank, Communities in Schools, the Girl Scouts, Garza High School, Texas CASA and the United Way for Greater Austin.
  • Charity Ride to Blackpool. In England, NXP recently participated in an annual charity bicycle ride from Manchester to Blackpool, a distance of 100 kilometers. The ride attracts more than 13,000 cyclists, pedaling in all kinds of weather to raise money for local causes. NXP’s team of some 90 riders, made up of employees, family members, and friends, is one of the largest teams to enter the race, and rides on behalf of Manchester’s Christie Hospital, a leader in cancer research.
  • Girls Day in the Netherlands. To encourage young women to pursue careers in technology, NXP Netherlands took part in a yearly nationwide event called Girls Day, which invites girls to spend a day working alongside engineers and observing semiconductor production. The event draws thousands of girls, who meet professional women and explore the world of technology.

Additional information is available on the company’s website.

News Briefs
11/22/2017 12:00 AM

The Internet Association has announced a private-sector commitment of more than $300 million dedicated to K–12 computer science programs.

The Internet Association, a trade association of global Internet companies, has announced a private-sector commitment of more than $300 million dedicated to K–12 computer science programs. The contribution will be funded by Internet Association member companies and other businesses and individuals over five years. Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce have each committed $50 million; Lockheed Martin committed $25 million; Accenture committed more than $10 million; General Motors committed $10 million; Pluralsight committed $10 million; and private individuals and foundations committed $3 million to nonprofits focused on computer science education. Detroit-based Quicken Loans has committed the financial resources required to ensure more than 15,000 Detroit Public Schools students receive the computer science training they deserve. Intuit and the Internet Association are also providing a significant contribution to the effort. Spread over the next five years, this investment is designed to expand the computer science education pipeline and close the skills gap for computing jobs in today’s economy. According to Code.org, there are more than 500,000 open computing jobs in sectors as diverse as agriculture and banking today, but only 50,000 computer science graduates each year, the Internet Association said.

News Briefs
11/18/2017 12:00 AM

Publix Super Markets Charities is donating $5 million to food banks, schools and other nonprofit organizations all focused on alleviating hunger.

Publix Super Markets Charities is donating $5 million to Feeding America member food banks, schools and other nonprofit organizations all focused on alleviating hunger across Publix’s operating area. The donation will provide funding to assist in the transportation and childhood program needs of the food banks and nonprofit agencies, the organization said. This donation continues Publix Super Markets Charities’ commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves. Over the past three years, the organization has contributed more than $11.5 million to support feeding programs such as emergency food boxes, Kids Cafés (programs designed to provide free snacks and meals to kids in need at community locations during after-school hours), school pantries and backpack programs. Funding has also supported the purchase, maintenance and operation of refrigerated trucks that are critical to transporting perishable items that are donated by food retailers.

News Briefs
11/14/2017 12:00 AM

The Salvation Army has appointed new members to serve as the national commander and national president of women’s ministries for the Salvation Army USA.

The Salvation Army has appointed David and Sharron Hudson to serve as the national commander and national president of women’s ministries for the Salvation Army USA, respectively. The Hudsons will fill the void left by David and Barbara Jeffrey, who have retired after serving a combined 96 years as Salvation Army officers, the organization said. In his new role, David Hudson will lead a network of 3,559 officers, 65,469 employees and 3.2 million volunteers serving in more than 7,500 centers of operation throughout the United States. He will also act as chairman of the national board of trustees and will be responsible for presiding over triannual conferences, which bring together the key executive leaders of the Salvation Army’s four territories in the United States. Sharron Hudson will work alongside leaders of the four territories in the United States to lead the Salvation Army’s Women’s Ministries, which work to empower and equip women in all facets of life.

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    Nicholas King
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    Nicholas King has served as editor of Corporate Philanthropy Report since 2007, and he continues to be impressed with the philanthropic efforts of the nation’s business sector.

    Drawing on an educational background in English and environmental policy, Nicholas began his journalism career in 2000 when he was brought on as editor of Environmental Laboratory Washington Report, a niche-market subscription-based newsletter serving the environmental testing industry. After seven years of honing his craft, Nicholas expanded his writing/editing portfolio to an entirely new field of interest - corporate philanthropy. As editor of Corporate Philanthropy Report, he stays abreast of the latest developments affecting corporate giving—and the charitable/nonprofit sector more broadly—providing his readers the “need to know” information vital for making the best use of their limited charitable dollars.

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