(Press release, Oct. 23, 2014) — The Taproot Foundation launched Taproot+, a first-of-its-kind resource connecting nonprofits that need pro bono talent to business professionals who want to donate their expertise. With Taproot+, nonprofits can define the right pro bono project for their needs, secure the ideal pro bono professionals to help, and kick off a project with confidence, knowing that they can access project management and coaching support throughout the process.
The $1 billion major gift to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, is the capstone of a long-term strategy to reinvent the foundation in a way that makes it as cutting-edge as the ventures of Silicon Valley’s high-tech donors. Similar calls for modernization are being made across the country by community funds.
The National Conference on Citizenship and Points of Light, experts on civic engagement, in partnership with Bloomberg LP, announced the results of The Civic 50. IBM, Citi and AT&T Inc. take top honors in the first comprehensive ranking of S&P 500 companies that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.
A Billion + Change, a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono and skills-based volunteer services, announced that 78 companies have pledged a total of $1.6 billion in skills-based volunteer service to nonprofit organizations across the nation.
Pledge companies' skills-based volunteer programs tackle everything from education, youth services and health care to economic growth, workforce development and programs addressing military families and veterans.
Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank that focuses on boomers and encore careers with social purpose, announced a program to offer all of Intel’s U.S. employees who are eligible to retire the chance to apply for Encore Fellowships — paid, part-time, yearlong assignments working at local nonprofits.
Encore Fellows are paired with nonprofits, where they typically work 1,000 hours over a six- to-12-month period, through either a part- or full-time schedule, and earn a stipend of $25,000.
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, which seeks market-based solutions to global warming, is turning to corporate sponsors after losing $3.5 million a year in support from a charitable trust.
The center announced the change and its new name, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, at a press briefing, said Eileen Claussen, founder and president of the group. Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Entergy Corp. are stepping in with long-term funding for the group, Claussen said.
Hewlett-Packard is reshaping its policies on giving away money to nonprofit causes. Now the company will not just give away money. It will also donate the expertise of its employees to build solutions for nonprofits.
The change in policy makes sense, as the value of HP’s technology expertise could be far more useful, in conjunction with a donation, than just writing checks to charities, said Paul Ellingstad, a director in the office of global social innovation at HP, in an interview.
Washington, December 2, 2009 — The Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation has contributed more than $1 million this year to help fund American Red Cross disaster response.
October 22, 2009, Bloomberg — The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a private philanthropy started by Hewlett-Packard Co.’s late co-founder David Packard and his wife, will donate up to $100 million to Stanford University to help expand the children’s hospital that bears Lucile Packard’s name.
STANFORD, Calif., June 23, 2009 — White House Office of Social Innovation officials gathered today with Silicon Valley philanthropy, business, and nonprofit leaders in a roundtable convened by the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.