Corporate Relations & Engagement

Can 80 cents change a life?
November 17, 2010

Right above the tip line on credit card receipts, Irvine-based Yard House restaurants offers customers the option to round up their dining bill to the nearest dollar. It is, for thousands of Yard House customers, an easy way to give to charity.

It's also part of a new era in charity-related innovations.

In the year-plus since the launch of Round it Up America, customers at the Yard House's 27 restaurants have given more than $250,000 – at an average donation of 80 cents each.

Blackbaud Launches New Corporate Citizenship Initiatives
November 16, 2010

Blackbaud has furthered its dedication to the local and nonprofit communities with its new focus on corporate citizenship. Blackbaud will continue to deliver on its corporate value "service to others makes the world a better place” with a team dedicated to the growth of its corporate citizenship commitment. and Angelo Surmelis Team Up for Veterans Day
November 15, 2010 announced that it has teamed up celebrity designer Angelo Surmelis to celebrate Veterans Day. will be selling the "angelo:HOME Hero Chair" designed by Angelo Surmelis. In addition, through the end of the year, every time an customer purchases the "angelo:HOME Hero Chair", $50 dollars of that purchase will go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project. To learn more about the chair visit

Non-profits struggle to tap into new-economy wealth
November 12, 2010

An increasing number of non-profit groups are competing for corporate backing during during tough economic times, but getting money out of firms without philanthropic traditions, like some hedge funds or private equity firms, can be a struggle.

"New economy" firms, which are focused on services and technology as opposed to manufacturing, often make targeted donations compared with companies that in the past gave broadly to a number of civic organizations

The New Culture of Giving
November 3, 2010

Hawaii’s people and businesses are as generous as ever, despite the economic slump.

But how local people and businesses give is rapidly changing and that transformation has some nonprofit leaders heartened, while others are worried. Optimists welcome the decay of what they saw as paternalistic philanthropy. These optimists see the rise of a new philanthropy in which individual donors are more empowered, and nonprofit success is rewarded with recognition and more donations.

American Express Kicks Off Leadership Academy in New York
November 2, 2010

American Express released findings from a "Perspectives on Nonprofits" survey, which shows that while seven in ten Americans (71%) trust nonprofits more than they trust government or industry to address some of the most pressing issues of our time, more than eight in ten Americans (83%) believe that nonprofits do not always have the resources they need to invest in the growth and development of their employees.

Recession Driving Changes in Corporate Philanthropy
November 1, 2010

Corporate philanthropy is changing.

Companies may allow their employees to volunteer while on the clock or reward customers for their volunteerism. Many give goods rather than cash and focus more on areas in which they have expertise. And, in what is perhaps the most profound shift, some companies are thinking more long term and aligning their philanthropy with their core business strategies looking for ways to do good at the same time they improve their bottom lines.

Nearly 60% of Big Companies Cut Their Giving in 2009, Report Says
October 28, 2010

A majority of big companies cut their giving in 2009, according to a study released Wednesday by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, in New York.

Fifty-nine percent of companies gave less last year, the study found, with 40 percent reducing their giving by at least 10 percent.

Those figures were based on 95 companies that provided data for both 2008 and 2009. Over all, the survey gathered information from 171 businesses.

Charity drive
October 28, 2010

The Brady-Audi-Best Buddies connection is part of a world known as cause marketing, an arrangement that allows a corporation to affiliate with a charity and celebrities to burnish its public image and — potentially — boost sales. The charity, in turn, benefits from the exposure and increased marketing power that come from a corporate ally.

The arrangements are especially valuable to companies because research has shown that consumers tend to prefer products with a charity connection.