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Creating a Shared Society: A Spotlight on the Irish International Immigrant Center

Creating a Shared Society: A Spotlight on the Irish International Immigrant Center

By Lauren Chasanoff | Jun 26, 2017

This quarter, we’re highlighting the work of the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC), Boston’s Welcome Center for immigrant families, and who are working towards a shared society where all are welcomed and valued, and enjoy equal opportunities and protections. IIIC assists immigrant and refugee families from around the world as they integrate into American society. They do so by providing legal, wellness and education services, advocating for systemic change, and facilitating cross-cultural community building.

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Champion for Change: Why I’m Dedicated to Diversity

Champion for Change: Why I’m Dedicated to Diversity

By Steve Neff, Common Impact Board Member | Jun 19, 2017

Life teaches us a lot of lessons–if we’re open to them. One of the most enlightening in my life started with a seemingly mundane 20-minute drive quite a few years back. The company I was working for at the time was about to undertake a massive reorganization and overhaul its internal systems. My boss and I were assigned to a project which required us to commute together two ways every weekday for a month.

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Common Impact Expands Board of Directors to  Lead New Stage of Growth

Common Impact Expands Board of Directors to Lead New Stage of Growth

By Danielle Holly | Jun 15, 2017

NEW YORK, NY June, 2017 — Common Impact, a nonprofit organization that pioneered corporate skills-based volunteering, has appointed two new members to its Board of Directors: Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president at Smarter Workforce, IBM and Jihye Gyde, a senior associate at Nonprofit Finance Fund.

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My Ongoing Journey with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

My Ongoing Journey with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

By Andy Boes | Jun 14, 2017

I’m not exactly the poster child for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Aside from the long, tied-back hair and subtle earring that project a superficial divergence from the norm, I appear to be the mainstream standard for privilege: straight, white, cisgender male from a socioeconomically stable upbringing. The assessment is on point: I am privileged. As such, it may come as a surprise that I am the one writing about DEI. So, before I share my current DEI work at Common Impact, let me share my story.

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Impact at Work: Communities in Schools San Antonio Project Spotlight

Impact at Work: Communities in Schools San Antonio Project Spotlight

By Marjie Bland | May 16, 2017

Common Impact has partnered with JPMorgan Chase since 2014 on the Virtual Service Corps (VSC), a skills-based volunteering program where employees utilize their talents and expertise virtually to support JPMorgan Chase’s nonprofit grantees in building capacity to serve the community. Recently, a team of JPMorgan Chase technologists supported Communities In Schools of San Antonio (CIS-SA), a San Antonio-based nonprofit dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. The JPMorgan Chase volunteers worked with CIS-SA to assess their technology infrastructure and create a set of recommendations for improvements.

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Impact at Work: Wheeler Mission Ministries Project Spotlight

Impact at Work: Wheeler Mission Ministries Project Spotlight

By Lauren Chasanoff | Apr 27, 2017

This month, we’re highlighting a project with a talented team from Charles Schwab and its nonprofit partner, Wheeler Mission Ministries (Wheeler), whose mission is to meet the short-term and long-term needs of homeless, hungry and other people in need in central Indiana. Wheeler's Center for Women & Children operates Restored Creations, a social enterprise run by women from their various long-term programs that produces and sells hand-poured, scented, soy blend candles. We paired Wheeler with a team of Schwab volunteers to develop an interactive financial model that informs the development of a financial and operational strategy to promote sales growth for the Restored Creations Program.

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