HeForShe: Building a World without Gender Barriers

By Morgan DeLuce   Why is “feminism” a movement only for women? It’s a question that has garnered a lot of attention recently. Many have seen the magenta photos of Emma Watson as the face of the UN Women’s HeForShe movement, which promotes gender equality as a human issue that must be tackled by everyone, men and women alike. The San Francisco chapter of the U.S. National Committee threw a celebration in honor of the men in our community who are working to promote gender equality and enact real change for women. The HeForShe Champions for Change Celebration was held at the beautiful … Continue reading HeForShe: Building a World without Gender Barriers

The Starfish Story

By Morgan DeLuce Story Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley There was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often to bend  down, pick up an object, and throw … Continue reading The Starfish Story

Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 3

By Matt Gallagher Developing CSR Programs Conveniently, Efficiently and Effectively Time, planning and management do not necessarily have to be a big part of your investment in CSR. Websites and services like UniversalGiving can handle all of the legwork so that your contribution is focused on providing a greater good. Your administrative requirements remain minimal, with 100 percent of your donation going directly to the cause of your choosing. Charitable organizations such as UniversalGiving can handle the administrative end, vetting projects through a trademarked, proprietary Quality Model. They consult on proper methods of engaging with nonprofits and how you can … Continue reading Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 3

Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 2

This week we’re diving into how CSR can benefit your company directly. Let’s get started! By Matt Gallagher Increasing Employee Morale Nearly 87 percent of companies with CSR programs have employees who exhibit strong company loyalty, according to the 2012 Edelman good purpose study. It feels good to support a cause with both our dollars and time.  An effective CSR policy entices consumers to support a brand, and it encourages employees to stay on board and contribute. Therefore, the social benefit companies contribute is effectively an investment in their brand that has tangible effects on employee morale and retention (ultimately … Continue reading Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 2

Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 1

Our latest series on the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility will be covering the the benefits of CSR and how you can start a program at your own company. Join us over the next month as we reveal how CSR helps businesses thrive. By Matt Gallagher In an increasingly social media driven world, brand image is everything. Reputations are earned and burned virally in the new digital age. From grandparents to moms to high school students, everyone has a social media voice, and they will use it to the benefit or determent of a business or brand with more resonance … Continue reading Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 1

Friendship Volunteering: The New Scandinavian Trend

By Anton Wideroth Making new friends is hard; making new friends in a foreign language, culture, and country is much, much harder. As a result, a sad trend is emerging in Sweden and across Europe: Refugees and migrants are excluded from society and unintentionally segregated. But fear not, across the continent private citizens are committed to breaking cultural barriers and helping society with integration’s most basic building block – friendship. From dinner clubs to football matches to mum groups, the Swedish population is organizing to build communities. They call it “friendship volunteering.” The premise is simple: a few native Swedes … Continue reading Friendship Volunteering: The New Scandinavian Trend

Stop the Disease of Schoollessness!

There is a great disease of schoollessness: Kids who grow up without the classroom, and without the ability to learn. Their minds, in a way… are dying…. Without food, our bodies don’t grow. Without classes, your mind doesn’t grow. So… please help us stop schoollessness now. Support the amazing volunteer teachers working with WorldTeach determined to provide educational opportunities all across the globe. Give the gift of books when you join hands with Develop Africa and promote literacy efforts for children in West Africa. Work with Miracles in Action to provide backpacks and school supplies for children in rural Guatemala. All … Continue reading Stop the Disease of Schoollessness!