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The Knitting Factor: Making Skills-Based Volunteering Stick

The Knitting Factor: Making Skills-Based Volunteering Stick

By Danielle Holly and Lauren Chasanoff | Apr 19, 2018

What has emerged from nearly twenty years of practice is something Common Impact calls the “The Knitting Factor”, coined in our recent Stanford Social Innovation Review article, “The Promise of Skills-Based Volunteering. The Knitting Factor brings together three key conditions that enable skills-based engagements between the private and nonprofit sectors to create strengthened, sustainable solutions that don’t come undone when partners part ways.

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Impact at Work: WakeEd Partnership Project Spotlight

Impact at Work: WakeEd Partnership Project Spotlight

By Lauren Chasanoff | Apr 18, 2018

I had the exciting opportunity to interview Nancy Merritt and Tim Lavallee of WakeEd Partnership (WakeEd), a nonprofit organization in Raleigh, North Carolina that engages, informs, and mobilizes the business community and community-at-large in collaboration with the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) to provide every student with excellent educational opportunities, highly effective teachers, and strong leaders.

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Impact at Work: New Hope Housing Project Spotlight

Impact at Work: New Hope Housing Project Spotlight

By Lauren Chasanoff | Apr 13, 2018

Today we’re highlighting a project with a talented team of volunteers from JPMorgan Chase and its nonprofit partner, New Hope Housing, Inc., whose mission is to provide low-income vulnerable families and individuals high-quality affordable housing and the tools to build a better life. In 2016, Common Impact paired New Hope Housing with a team of HR professionals from JPMorgan Chase in Houston, TX to review and enhance their current employee performance review process to improve greater consistency in deployment.

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The Untapped Potential of Employee Volunteer Programs

The Untapped Potential of Employee Volunteer Programs

By Danielle Holly | Mar 27, 2018

We are at an exciting moment for employee engagement, with its untapped potential arguably larger than ever. Civic engagement is on the rise with volunteer platforms showing double to triple digit increases in engaged citizens. Millennials are maturing into leadership positions, enabling them to translate their appetite for purpose-driven work into everyday business practice. Over the next few years, we will see this manifest into an increasing private sector ambition on community issues, a growing sophistication of volunteer programs that reinforce leadership development, and a rise in CEO activism.

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A Leadership Perspective from the Financial Services Sector

A Leadership Perspective from the Financial Services Sector

By Common Impact Guest Blogger | Mar 12, 2018

A funny thing happened on the way to writing this piece. I am addicted to online solitaire applications, and one of my favorites offers new backgrounds for different holidays. I was delighted to see that International Women’s Day was among their choices, and used adjectives such as courageous, strong and independent with names including Betty Friedan, Sonia Sotomayor and Gloria Steinem. Women’s leadership comes in many shapes, cultures and ages. It is sometimes quite overt and others times very silent.

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A Cross Sector Approach to Closing the Gender Gap

A Cross Sector Approach to Closing the Gender Gap

By Danielle Holly | Mar 9, 2018

Anyone who works in the nonprofit sector knows that women make up a significant part of the its workforce and leadership – until you get to the top. Women currently account for 43 percent of the board seats among all nonprofits but only 33% of those seats at large nonprofits, defined as $25 million or greater in annual income.[1] At the staff level, this gap increases further -- women make up 45% of nonprofit CEOs but only 21% at large nonprofits, and they are compensated at 66% of their male CEO counterparts.

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