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<p>In our most recent white paper, “<a href="https://info.yourcause.com/esg-whitepaper">Exploring Environmental Social Governance</a>” we include a section that picks apart the pieces of ESG, including a list of some of the items under the “social” category. From formal Diversity and Inclusion Programs to product responsibility and safety, the types of initiatives are wide-ranging.</p> <p>As I looked a little deeper into social justice issues that companies try to address with their programs, I found that these initiatives can look vastly different around the globe. Different countries face different challenges when it comes to social justice. Some countries have more movements around racial equality or gender equality, while others have more movements around anti-corruption, education access, human rights or food insecurity. Companies that operate globally will need to approach social justice as it relates to the needs of their employees and communities around the world.</p> <p>Many companies recognize the opportunity to develop long-term sustainability goals to address health, social and economic challenges as a part of the “social” element of ESG. (Want to see what this looks like in action?  You can attend the upcoming <a href="https://accp.org/programs/webcasts/">ACCP</a> webcast “<a href="https://my.accp.org/nc__event?id=a0l4x000002v9IWAAY">Shifting Strategies for Global Community Engagement as a Result of the Pandemic</a>” to learn from CSR leaders at Blackbaud, Dell and PIMCO on how they support communities facing the impacts of COVID-19. )</p> <p>Another important component of the “social” element of ESG is social justice. Porter Novelli’s latest research on business and social justice shows that consumers, employees and other stakeholders want companies to acknowledge their role in systemic injustices and actively change the system. 59% of Americans say it is no longer acceptable for companies to be silent on social justice issues.<sup>3 </sup>Data from our <a href="https://hello.blackbaud.com/CP-2021-LP-Industry-Review-Issue-9-12866.html">2021 Industry Review</a> shows that over $2.8 million was donated to support social justice campaigns in 2020.</p> <p>While can be a little overwhelming to think about how to coordinate efforts that will make an impact on some of the big social justice issues happening around the world, the Forbes article “<a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/12/13/five-ways-leaders-can-tackle-social-justice-issues-in-the-workplace/?sh=432bffb917ad">Five Ways Leaders Can Tackle Social Justice Issues in the Workplace</a>” builds a strong case for why companies cannot ignore these issues. “Ignoring social justice issues that your workforce is dealing with outside of work can, in turn,  affect productivity and morale in your work environment,” writes Christie Lindor. “Ignoring polarizing social justice issues can even increase unconscious biases that could wreak havoc on your culture.”<sup>1</sup></p> <h2><strong>Resources to Jump-Start Your Thinking </strong></h2> <p>As important as these efforts are, the array of resources and the complexity of the topics can be challenging, whether you’re just getting started or are deep into your ESG efforts.  But making progress always happens step-by-step.  So, in that spirit, we’re providing a round-up of short readings, resources and tools that may help you as you consider different facets of the “social” element of ESG.</p> <p>This article provides a short interview with Michael Moore, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Blackbaud, a round up of on-demand webinar content that provides insight from industry leaders on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a blog resource to help you get started on your ESG Reporting Journey, followed by articles that inspire social justice.</p> <h3><strong><br /> Tackling Social Justice Issues on Diversity and Inclusion</strong>: Interview with Michael Moore, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at <a href="http://npengage.com./Articles%20for%20Review/blackbaud.com">Blackbaud</a></h3> <p><em>In the wake of major social changes, leading companies are taking steps to increase diversity, equity and inclusion. We sat down with Michael Moore, Blackbaud’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, to talk about how companies can build strong Diversity Equity and Inclusion programs. </em></p> <h4>Q: Can you briefly explain some of the goals and components of Blackbaud’s diversity and inclusion program?</h4> <p><em>Our objective is to create a company that includes the kind of robust diversity that facilitates the best productivity, problem solving, and innovation coming from people bringing a variety of perspectives to bear on our challenges and opportunities. At the same time, to unlock that power of diverse teams – we work every day to create an environment where every employee feels valued and embraced for who they are; where everyone feels like they can be their authentic selves.  </em></p> <p><em>Blackbaud is a global company. We have customers and employees around the world. Our D&amp;I efforts empower us to better serve our increasingly diverse customers and help us create teams that leverage their differences in strategic ways for our business. </em></p> <p><em>Our diversity and inclusion efforts also feed our mission toward advancing social good. It allows us to “walk the talk”! </em></p> <h4>Q: One of the tips from Harvard Business Review<sup>2</sup> on how to set up programs for success is to set goals, collect data and examine change overtime. Can you talk about how Blackbaud measures the success of their goals?</h4> <p><em>Last October we launched Blackbaud’s first Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging survey. We asked employees how they felt about important aspects of their experience at our company – their thoughts on diversity and inclusion, their sense of belonging, etc. That survey established a critical baseline that we can use to benchmark our progress in the future. In years to come, we will be able to compare our progress from the last survey, back to this first one. These will be critical metrics for us to gauge our performance. </em></p> <p><em>As well, this year we published our first ESG results to the financial community. These metrics, that include D&amp;I data, help investors evaluate companies based upon criteria broader than just mere numbers. This will represent an annual &#8211; and public -accounting of our performance and progress on this front. </em></p> <p><em>We’ll also, of course, be looking at internal metrics that will help guide our business as well. </em></p> <h4>Q: What is something that you have learned throughout your career that can help companies be successful with their diversity and inclusion programs?</h4> <p><em>Leadership must model the kind of behavior that they seek in others and for their organization. If we want an inclusive company, leaders to have to lead inclusive teams.  If we want diversity, leaders have to create diverse teams. </em></p> <p><em>Hear more from Michael Moore in </em><a href="https://www.blackbaud.com/social-responsibility-report-2020"><em>Blackbaud’s CSR Report</em></a><em>.</em></p> <h3><strong><br /> Available On-Demand Webinars on Diversity and Inclusion</strong></h3> <p>We rounded up available on-demand webinars on diversity and inclusion that provide insight from industry leaders.</p> <ol> <li><a href="https://hello.blackbaud.com/CP-2020-WB-Diversity-Inclusion-12942-Registration.html">Addressing Employee Needs by Normalizing Conversation of Different Abilities and Mental Health</a></li> <li><a href="https://hello.blackbaud.com/CP-2020-WB-Diversity-Inclusion-12942-Registration.html">Rules of Engagement: Creating Safe Space for Open Dialogue Around Diversity, Inclusion &amp; Equity </a></li> <li><a href="https://hello.blackbaud.com/CP-2020-WB-Diversity-Inclusion-12942-Registration.html">Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce to Ignite Change in an Industry</a></li> <li><a href="https://hello.blackbaud.com/CP-2020-06-19-WB-CSR-DI-Panel-12786_RegistrationLP.html">Panel Discussion: CSR at the Intersection of D&amp;I and Civic Action</a></li> </ol> <h3><strong><br /> Starting Your ESG Reporting Journey: Insights from Rachel Hutchisson VP, Global Social Responsibility at Blackbaud </strong></h3> <p>If you are beginning to think about incorporating elements of ESG into your CSR program then check out the recent ACCP blog post <a href="https://solutions.yourcause.com/starting-your-esg-reporting-journey/"><em>Starting your ESG Reporting Journey</em></a>. Rachel Hutchisson, VP, Global Social Responsibility at Blackbaud, discuss things she has learned over the past 15 years in her career as a social responsibility leader.</p> <h3><strong><br /> Articles that Inspire Social Justice</strong></h3> <p>Here are a few more insightful articles to round out this collection.</p> <p>The Zendesk blog “<a href="https://www.zendesk.com/blog/6-companies-tackling-social-justice-inspiring-customers/">6 companies tackling social justice and inspiring customers&#8221;</a> provides further insight as to why social justice is everyone’s business with examples of brands that incorporate leading with social justice.</p> <p>The Journal of Industrial and Commercial training a publication  “<a href="https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/ICT-09-2013-0063/full/html">Diversity and Inclusion by Design: Best Practices from Size Global companies</a>” includes in-depth interviews with diversity and inclusion leaders in the US and reports key findings related to the importance of global diversity and inclusion strategies as well as best practices that can be used to benchmark for greater impact.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>References:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Forbes &#8211; <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/12/13/five-ways-leaders-can-tackle-social-justice-issues-in-the-workplace/?sh=432bffb917ad">Five Ways Leaders Can Tackle Social Justice Issues in the Workplace</a></li> <li>Harvard Business Review – <a href="https://hbr.org/2020/05/diversity-and-inclusion-efforts-that-really-work">Diversity and Inclusion Efforts That Really Work</a></li> <li>Porter Novelli – <a href="https://www.porternovelli.com/findings/2021-porter-novelli-business-social-justice-study/">2021 Business and Social Justice Study</a></li> </ol><p>The post <a href="http://npengage.com/companies/taking-a-deeper-look-at-the-social-piece-of-esg-environmental-social-governance/">Taking a Deeper Look at the “Social” Piece of ESG (Environmental Social Governance)</a> first appeared on <a href="http://npengage.com">npENGAGE</a>.</p>
<p>Happy July! For about a third of U.S. hospitals and health systems, you’ve just closed the door on one fiscal year and started another. The organization is closing its books, and your head is spinning.</p> <p>The perennial headache is back—your healthcare organization’s spending of sponsorship dollars. You are not alone. Like many in your position, <a href="https://www.accordantphilanthropy.com/services/strengthening-community-investment-grantmaking-advisory-services/">as you look for a solution</a>, you worry that:</p> <ul> <li>Your hospital is giving away potentially significant sums of money, but the data is dispersed across many different departments</li> <li>The community benefit reports your organization produces don’t reflect these sponsorships, even if the recipient organization falls within your priority areas</li> <li>Every time a new request for support arrives, your organization is re-inventing the wheel</li> <li>Different department chairs are supporting nonprofits in wildly different amounts</li> <li>Your marketing team is overtaxed by the last-minute requests for event tribute ads, and even more bothered by the proliferation of rogue ads that don’t conform to brand standards</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.blackbaud.com/industry-insights/resources/healthcare/maximize-your-healthcare-sponsorship-dollars-with-blackbaud-grantmaking" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Learn how technology can streamline sponsorship processes.</a></p> <p>This is more than frustrating—you are hamstrung in your ability to make meaningful, proactive change. And never has the need been clearer. Over the past 18 months, Covid laid bare disparities that always existed—and <a href="https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2775687">exacerbated them</a>. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans caused widespread pain and increased the urgency of addressing systemic racism. <a href="https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/health-equity/racism-and-health/racism-declarations">States</a>, <a href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00775-3/fulltext">journals</a>, and <a href="https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/health-equity/ama-racism-threat-public-health">professional associations</a> declared racism a public health emergency. Organizations that provide <a href="https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/food-bank-response-covid-numbers">food</a>, <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=&amp;ved=2ahUKEwjoy9zx-tPxAhWH-J4KHZ2iD_YQFjAJegQIEBAD&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.consumerfinance.gov%2Ff%2Fdocuments%2Fcfpb_Housing_insecurity_and_the_COVID-19_pandemic.pdf&amp;usg=AOvVaw1ZDGhmkEtMqbaJbmq7L2CZ">housing</a>, and other essential services faced sky-high demand. And Covid-related pressures strained an already under-sourced system for <a href="https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2020/11/anxiety-depression-treatment">mental health</a> and <a href="https://www.apa.org/monitor/2021/03/substance-use-pandemic">substance use disorder</a> treatment.</p> <p>Whether you are in a major urban center or a rural county, you have seen your community struggle. Now is not the time to return to business as usual.</p> <p>On the surface, improving your organization’s approach to philanthropic sponsorships can seem like a small step to take in light of the problems outlined above. However, the practice of doing so can set the stage for larger community health interventions. It can also uncover enough budget to <a href="https://npengage.com/healthcare/strategic-grantmaking-to-improve-community-health/">launch or expand a community benefit grants program</a>.</p> <p><strong>Why Build a Philanthropic Sponsorship Program? </strong></p> <ul> <li>Opportunity to make larger investments addressing community needs</li> <li>Improve request turnaround time for community partners</li> <li>More equitable access to resources</li> <li>Decrease the time spent by top executives tackling requests on a case-by-case basis</li> <li>Improve ability to count expenditures, set a budget, and pull data</li> <li>More consistent use of brand standards in tribute ads<strong> </strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>SEVEN STEPS FOR STREAMLINED SPONSORSHIPS</strong></p> <p><strong>A six-month project can yield years of benefit</strong></p> <p>While the morass of challenges may seem overwhelming, there are concrete steps you can take to create a <a href="https://www.blackbaud.com/industry-insights/resources/healthcare/maximize-your-healthcare-sponsorship-dollars-with-blackbaud-grantmaking" target="_blank" rel="noopener">more streamlined and sustainable approach</a> to inbound philanthropy requests. These steps needn’t be sequential; in fact, there is a benefit to parallel-processing them. For a hospital or health system, there are great benefits to a more intentional approach.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Explore the status quo</strong>. Which departments regularly sponsor outside nonprofits? A two-pronged approach is helpful here—working with finance to determine which cost centers are being used, and meeting with different department heads. Schedule half-hour meetings with those most likely to be regularly approached for philanthropic support. Ask them which organizations they support—and why!</li> <li><strong>Convene stakeholders</strong>. Buy-in is essential to reforming the unruly sponsorship process. A few productive conversations with those regularly fielding requests—often marketing, development, and community benefit—will inform a process that is specific to your institution.</li> <li><strong>Tap development expertise</strong>. Those raising funds<em> for</em> your organization are likely to also be intimately familiar with the organizations requesting funds <em>from</em> your organization. Additionally, development officers often field requests from the star clinicians they support. A strong <a href="https://npengage.com/healthcare/elevating-community-impact-through-healthcare-philanthropy/">partnership with development</a> is essential to a successful sponsorship program.</li> <li><strong>Assess current priorities</strong>. What are the organizations being supported? Do they map to your Community Health Needs Assessment?</li> <li><strong>Create a philanthropic support policy</strong>. At a minimum, this should cover any restrictions on organization types being supported; the process for application and approval; and budgetary thresholds. This policy will serve you well for future grant programs.</li> <li><strong>Communicate internally and externally</strong>. A good policy is necessary, but not sufficient. In the first year, conducting a small internal “road show” to share the process and answer questions will smooth the shift from free-for-all to more centralized process. Externally, making space for philanthropic requests on your organization’s website is key. While you may fear being flooded with requests, those queries are likely coming in anyway—you’re just not seeing them! Sharing the application process with the community also makes access to resources more equitable.</li> <li><strong>Set a budget</strong>. If possible, take this step late in the process. As any budgeting guru will tell you, the first powerful step is getting an <a href="https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/finance/tracking-monthly-expenses">accurate sense of the current spend</a>. Consistently tracking expenditure data will ease reporting pressures.</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.accordantphilanthropy.com/services/strengthening-community-investment-grantmaking-advisory-services/"><strong>Get help to build a philanthropic sponsorship program.</strong></a></p> <p>Practice grace with yourself and those in your organization. It typically takes at least one cycle of requests for those within your organization to get used to a centralized process. But with this system in place for smaller-scale requests, you are well-positioned to tackle larger projects such as community health investment grants.</p> <p>Before you know it, you’ll be able to add sponsorship dollars to the community benefit team’s data on the money your hospital has invested in community health. The Vice President of Government Relations will know exactly how much support was given to organizations in a specific Congressional district. The CFO will be able to find budget for a much-needed community grant program. And, your CEO can share at the next board meeting the impact your organization has made on addressing health disparities.</p> <p>What are you waiting for?</p><p>The post <a href="http://npengage.com/healthcare/hospital-sponsorship-dollars-improve-your-approach/">Hospital Sponsorship Dollars: From Perennial Headache to a Platform for Purpose</a> first appeared on <a href="http://npengage.com">npENGAGE</a>.</p>
<p>For years, the role of development operations teams has been perceived as a data and technology-focused position within the nonprofit world. As technology, nonprofits, and the way we fundraise has significantly changed over the last few decades, so has the role of the operations team. For organizations and leaders willing to evolve, this presents an incredible opportunity – both for the organization’s success and the individual’s advancement.</p> <p>In today’s episode, Deb Taft, CEO of Lindauer and Luis Morales, senior director of information strategy at Ann &amp; Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, chat with guest host Ashley Sweeney of Blackbaud about the ways that today’s DBAs are adding value to the organization, how leaders can maximize this impact, and what operations team members should do to advance their career.</p> <p><strong>Topics Discussed in This Episode:</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul> <li>The value operational teams offer healthcare organizations</li> <li>How leaders in the organization play a key role in the operation team’s value</li> <li>Cross-functional teams</li> <li>Why DBA is an important and interesting area to work right now</li> <li>The different types of people needed to work in the area</li> <li>Why you need to develop communication and relationship skills</li> <li>How to think about diversity in donor and prospect pools</li> <li>The evolution and opportunity of the role</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Subscribe to the podcast on </em></strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sgengage-podcast/id1076667160?mt=2"><strong><em>iTunes</em></strong></a><strong><em>, </em></strong><a href="https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/blackbaud/raise-engage-a-filtersoff-podcast-series-for-nonprofits"><strong><em>Stitcher</em></strong></a><strong><em>, </em></strong><a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7bwDsFLaWdhMHUFbjDgTGX"><strong><em>Spotify</em></strong></a><strong><em> or your preferred streaming service for future episodes! </em></strong></p> <p><strong>Listen Now:</strong> </p> <p><strong>Resources:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.lindauerglobal.com/about/bios/deb-taft">Deb Taft</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/luis-a-morales-mba-mpa-bcre-pro-8a92bb3/">Luis Morales</a></p> <p><a href="https://npengage.com/sgengagepodcast/the-sgengage-podcast-episode-185-promoting-your-value-as-a-database-administrator/">Promoting Your Value as a Database Administrator</a></p> <p><a href="https://npengage.com/healthcare/tips-for-nonprofit-database-administrators/">Confessions of a Database Administrator</a></p> <p><a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-management/healthcare-nonprofit-database-administrator-confessions-part-2/">Confessions of a Database Administrator, Part II</a></p> <p><a href="https://vimeo.com/526714494">Ashley’s Favorite Things</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Quotes:</strong></p> <p>“The value I see the operations team offering is collaboratively ensuring that our clients, their colleagues, have the context they need to make strategic data-driven decisions.”</p> <p>“The value of the operations team is different and differently valued than it was years ago as a profound driver really of nonprofits and advancement results.”</p> <p>“The operations team can create value by enriching conversations.”</p> <p>“It’s about more than just filling requests and mailing lists and reports. We are the subject matter experts for the organization’s data, integrations, trends, etc.”</p> <p>“I encourage my team to work as an internal consulting company with different business units in the foundation are our clients.”</p><p>The post <a href="http://npengage.com/sgengagepodcast/the-sgengage-podcast-episode-203-the-ever-changing-role-of-database-administrators/">The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 203: The Ever-Changing Role of Database Administrators</a> first appeared on <a href="http://npengage.com">npENGAGE</a>.</p>
<p>Website design has changed a lot over the last decade, largely due to the vast availability of low-cost, templated designs that look quite stunning. While I applaud the designers of these templates for the beauty and even the adaptability of the templates to fit a variety of website types, I want to make a case for the value of a good Information Architecture.</p> <p>Information Architecture (IA) is the structural design of a website. It’s the skeleton, or bones of the site that really holds it all together. IA defines the navigation of the site and the layout of all the key design elements. Maybe it’s not as flashy as a gorgeous visual design. Maybe it’s not the first thing your board members ask you about. But it’s the key to what makes a good website, well, good! <a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/nonprofit-web-design-process-part-sitemaps/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sitemaps</a> and <a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-marketing/best-practice-guide-to-purposeful-website-wireframes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">wireframes</a> are the tools we use to design IA.</p> <p>So what makes for <strong>GOOD</strong> IA? I have a two-part answer:</p> <ol> <li>For your constituents, it’s <strong>findability</strong> – being able to quickly and easily find the content they seek.</li> <li>For your administrators/content creators, it’s <strong>scalability</strong> – when you have new content to share, being able to quickly and easily know where it belongs.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Findability</strong></p> <p>The best way to cultivate and assess findability is through <a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-marketing/four-bite-sized-methods-of-user-research/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">user research</a>. <a href="https://www.blackbaud.com/solutions/services/digital-marketing-services" target="_blank" rel="noopener">My team and</a> I like to conduct <a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/nonprofit-web-design-process-part-card-sorts/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">card sort tests</a> to help define the navigation for a website. Understanding how constituents would organize your content gives clear insights into the best structure.</p> <p>Once you have your site in place, you can assess how well the structure is working by conducting <a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/nonprofit-web-design-process-part-usability-tests/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">usability tests</a> and <a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/google-analytics-goals-for-nonprofits/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">analyzing Google Analytics data</a>. Identify the content that’s most important for your organization to share and make sure that your constituents are visiting and engaging with those pages.</p> <p><strong>Scalability</strong></p> <p>Your website content should change constantly to showcase the breadth and depth of work you do to impact social good. When you have something new to share, a good IA means that there’s already a logical place for that item to live. No need to create a new navigation item or an oddly placed feature at the top of your homepage. Some examples:</p> <ul> <li>Your organization works globally and thanks to a recent grant, you’re able to offer services in a new country. Your IA should include a place to feature this news for a short time as something new (perhaps in a “What’s New” section on the homepage), but also a place for this information to live moving forward (maybe in a “Where We Work” section on your site).</li> <li>You have a new scholarship you’re able to offer and applications are open for 1 month. Your IA should include a place to encourage visitors to apply for the scholarship (maybe just below the hero area on the homepage or in a modal window) while applications are open and also a place to read about the scholarship and past recipients while applications are in review (maybe in an “Our Impact” section of your site).</li> </ul> <p>It&#8217;s worth noting that you don’t need to completely redesign your website to improve your Information Architecture. It may be as simple as moving a few pages around in your navigation and/or changing the structure of your homepage or another landing page. I encourage you to continually analyze success and make iterative changes to your IA to keep your online experience fresh and delightful. Keep in mind the principles of <strong>findability</strong> (for your constituents) and <strong>scalability</strong> (for your internal team) as you iterate.</p><p>The post <a href="http://npengage.com/nonprofit-marketing/what-is-information-architecture-the-un-flashy-key-to-nonprofit-website-success/">What is Information Architecture? The Un-Flashy Key to Nonprofit Website Success</a> first appeared on <a href="http://npengage.com">npENGAGE</a>.</p>
<p>How has the future of social good changed since COVID? Much of the answer has to do with how the pandemic impacted leaders in the nonprofit sector. Here to talk about it is Marc A. Pitman, founder and CEO of Concord Leadership Group. Listen in to hear what Marc has to say about the effects of uncertainty on nonprofit leadership, what needs to be left behind as leaders and organizations move forward, and what isn’t coming back post-pandemic.</p> <p><strong>Topics Discussed in This Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>What leaders need to understand about where we are now</li> <li>The effects of uncertainty on nonprofit leadership</li> <li>Areas that need to be left behind in order to move forward</li> <li>Letting donors make decisions for themselves</li> <li>Fundraising without big events</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Subscribe to the podcast on </em></strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sgengage-podcast/id1076667160?mt=2"><strong><em>iTunes</em></strong></a><strong><em>, </em></strong><a href="https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/blackbaud/raise-engage-a-filtersoff-podcast-series-for-nonprofits"><strong><em>Stitcher</em></strong></a><strong><em>, </em></strong><a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7bwDsFLaWdhMHUFbjDgTGX"><strong><em>Spotify</em></strong></a><strong><em> or your preferred streaming service for future episodes! </em></strong></p> <p><strong>Listen Now:</strong><br /> </p> <p><strong>Resources:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://concordleadershipgroup.com/about/">Marc A. Pitman</a></p> <p><a href="https://trello.com/c/7dk90KAu/-https:/institute.blackbaud.com/npexperts-the-great-reset/">Blackbaud Institute npEXPERTS 2021 eBook</a></p> <p><a href="https://trello.com/c/7dk90KAu/-https:/www.amazon.com/Surprising-Gift-Doubt-Uncertainty-Exceptional/dp/1989603998/ref=as_li_ss_tl?dchild=1&amp;keywords=the+surprising+gift+of+doubt&amp;qid=1605707149&amp;sr=8-1&amp;&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=clg0f-20&amp;linkId=c7bc6a00f4eba84f7fbdd4b751289d07&amp;language=en_US"><em>The Surprising Gift of Doubt: Use Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Are Meant to Be</em> by Marc A. Pitman</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Quotes:</strong></p> <p>“Anytime we start taking over the decision-making for someone else, we’re robbing them of their humanity.”</p> <p>“Everybody was scared, but some leaders were able to continue navigating the ship, while other leaders were panicking in an unproductive way.”</p> <p>“I hope we get over the butts-in-seats equals productivity mentality.”</p><p>The post <a href="http://npengage.com/sgengagepodcast/the-sgengage-podcast-episode-202-the-future-of-social-good-leadership/">The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 202: The Future of Social Good Leadership</a> first appeared on <a href="http://npengage.com">npENGAGE</a>.</p>
<p><strong>Impact on SDGs 1 &#8211; 3</strong></p> <p>The corporate philanthropic community has been working hard to make an impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the past 6 years. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the progress towards accomplishing the SDGs, reversing years of improvement for Goal 1–no poverty, Goal 2–zero hunger, and Goal 3–good health and well-being, in particular. We pulled together some data from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2020 report<sup>1</sup> to help illustrate the impact of COVID-19 on the progress toward goals 1 – 3.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" src="http://npengage.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SDG_2020.jpg" alt="" width="1077" height="1299" srcset="https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SDG_2020.jpg 1077w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SDG_2020-194x234.jpg 194w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SDG_2020-395x476.jpg 395w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SDG_2020-768x926.jpg 768w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SDG_2020-415x500.jpg 415w" sizes="(max-width: 1077px) 100vw, 1077px" /></p> <p><strong>CSR Professionals Are Making a Difference  </strong></p> <p>CSR professionals were called upon heavily during COVID-19 to support their local communities and help employees deal with unprecedented circumstances personally and professionally  &#8211; efforts that have a clear connection to the three impacted SDGs of no poverty, zero hunger, and good health and well-being. We have seen many companies shift their focus on mental health through <a href="https://npengage.com/companies/finastra-2020-global-employee-wellness-program/">virtual events</a>, partner with <a href="https://vimeo.com/435798398">local nonprofits for food drives</a>, and answer the call to be advocates in the hopes of raising awareness around the key issues that plague the community. Here are two examples of companies that have aligned their CSR programs to the SDGs:</p> <ul> <li>In response to COVID-19, <a href="https://www.pimco.com.br/en-br/our-firm/purpose/foundation/">PIMCO deployed $2.6 million</a>, much of this directed to emergency food relief programs. Read more about <a href="https://solutions.yourcause.com/purpose-at-pimco/">Purpose at PIMCO</a> and their mission to combat global hunger specifically aligned with SDG 2</li> <li><a href="https://npengage.com/social-good/educating-on-the-sdgs-tel-for-good-is-csr-at-work/">Educating on the SDGs: TEL FOR GOOD is CSR at Work</a> – TEL strives to maintain a sustainable management platform by complying and addressing key focus areas which align to SDGs 3,4,7,9,10,12, and 17.</li> </ul> <p>Today, CSR professionals are still being called to support the Sustainable Development Goals. There are many resources that can be leveraged by CSR professionals to ideate on new CSR tactics or even build the business case to gain more funding for a CSR program that can drive impact on these goals.</p> <p><strong>The PwC 2019 Reporting Challenge</strong> provides support for business leaders to embed SDGs in the decision-making process of the organization – its culture, values, relationships, and employee engagement.<sup>4</sup> The outcomes of the Reporting Challenge illustrated alignment between CSR programs and the SDGs.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" src="http://npengage.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SDG_CSR_2020.jpg" alt="" width="1077" height="512" srcset="https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SDG_CSR_2020.jpg 1077w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SDG_CSR_2020-365x174.jpg 365w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SDG_CSR_2020-742x353.jpg 742w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SDG_CSR_2020-768x365.jpg 768w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SDG_CSR_2020-500x238.jpg 500w" sizes="(max-width: 1077px) 100vw, 1077px" /></p> <p><strong>Identifying SDGs </strong>through tools like allows nonprofits to identify which SDGs align to their mission and communicate that information to CSR professionals and their employees. Through the <a href="https://solutions.yourcause.com/csr/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">YourCause CSRConnect</a> software for employee engagement, companies, and their employees can search for nonprofits that align with a specific SDG ensuring the passion, mission, and company values are in synch for each and every CSR program element.</p> <p><strong>Measuring social influence </strong>with our partner <a href="http://www.trueimpact.com/">True Impact</a> through a framework focused on optimizing corporate philanthropy in areas such as employee volunteer programs can provide CSR professionals with data and results surrounding the SDGs. Their guide &#8220;<a href="https://impact2030.com/assets/docs/resources/Measurement_Framework.pdf">Measuring the Social Impact of Employee Volunteer Programs on The Sustainable Development Goals</a>&#8221; provides 4 steps to help CSR professionals with reporting on SDGs.</p> <ol> <li>Gather Program Outcomes and Costs</li> <li>Monetize your volunteerism</li> <li>Calculate the portion of social impact your company can claim</li> <li>Align to SDG’s</li> </ol> <p>You can learn more about True Impact&#8217;s framework during a live webinar on September 8th hosted by Blackbaud. This webinar will go over how to apply their framework with the tools in YourCause CSRConnect. Stay tuned for the registration link!</p> <p>We know CSR leaders and the social good community are responding to the challenges each Sustainable Development Goal is set out to address. We hope you review the SDG 2020 report and other references linked at the end of this post to gain a full understanding of the progress of each goal around the world. Our 2020 Industry Review shows that over $9 million was donated to support disaster relief campaigns, a significant increase from the 2019 report – and proof that the CSR community responded to the impacts of the pandemic as 52% of that funding went to support relief for COVID-19.</p> <p>Stay tuned for the full release of the 2020 Industry Review! Many companies have chosen to align with SDGs as a core component of their social responsibility strategy and employee engagement efforts. We’ve also included resources from <a href="https://www.impact2030.com/home">Impact 2030</a> on how to align CSR programs with the SDGs in the references.</p> <p><strong>References:</strong></p> <p>For more detailed information and data points on the progress of SDG’s around the world check out these references:</p> <ol> <li>2020 UN SDG Report &#8211; <a href="https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/report/2020/Overview/">https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/report/2020/Overview/</a></li> <li>Data for world progress &#8211; <a href="https://dashboards.sdgindex.org/downloads">https://dashboards.sdgindex.org/downloads</a></li> <li>Interactive Map on world performance &#8211; <a href="https://dashboards.sdgindex.org/map">https://dashboards.sdgindex.org/map</a></li> <li>PwC SDG Reporting Challenge &#8211; <a href="https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/services/sustainability/sustainable-development-goals/sdg-challenge-2019.html">https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/services/sustainability/sustainable-development-goals/sdg-challenge-2019.html</a></li> <li>Blackbaud Institute Comprehensive Social Responsibility Report &#8211; <a href="https://institute.blackbaud.com/comprehensive-social-responsibility/">https://institute.blackbaud.com/comprehensive-social-responsibility/</a></li> <li>The natural disaster data in this infographic can be found on the <a href="https://www.gfdrr.org/en/breaking-link-between-extreme-weather-and-extreme-poverty">Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery</a></li> <li>Resources to help align CSR with the SDGs &#8211; <a href="https://www.impact2030.com/resources">https://www.impact2030.com/resources</a></li> </ol><p>The post <a href="http://npengage.com/companies/post-pandemic-outlook-on-the-sustainable-development-goals-through-a-csr-lens/">Post-Pandemic Outlook on the Sustainable Development Goals Through a CSR Lens</a> first appeared on <a href="http://npengage.com">npENGAGE</a>.</p>