Xcel Energy names new Social Investment representative

Xcel Energy, which is literally connected to the hundreds of communities it serves, recognize that their success is tied to the success of the communities they serve. To help foster that success, Xcel Energy recently announced the addition of Liz Gardner, who will serve as the company’s Social Investment representative, with responsibilities for employee engagement and volunteerism across Colorado.

Liz previously served as the vice president of Resource Development for Mile High United Way, and before that was the director of development for the American Lung Association in Colorado. She is a 2016 graduate of the Downtown Denver Leadership Program and has been involved with Social Venture Partners Denver, the Women’s Bean Project, and the Denver Foundation.

Xcel Energy’s employee engagement and volunteerism programs include volunteer paid time off; Dollars-for-Doing (a company dollar match for volunteer time); employee service on boards; Day of Service, a special volunteer day; employee giving to United Way and other nonprofits; and various other engagement activities. The company’s community support and engagement efforts are far-reaching—from charitable giving to employee volunteering to economic development and support for energy assistance programs. Read more in their corporate social responsibility report.

With the addition of Liz as their new Social Investment representative, Xcel Energy, a B:CIVIC Founding Member, demonstrates a keen commitment to their employees and communities. Welcome Liz!


Kaiser Permanente Makes a Difference on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Inches of wet, heavy snow fell on the holiday morning of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service—one of Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s busiest days for volunteerism. But Kaiser Permanente Colorado employees and physicians were not easily deterred as they continued their 13-year tradition of participation, and a record 500 of them volunteered at 31 nonprofit sites across Colorado to make a difference. As a B:CIVIC member company, Kaiser Permanente is walking the talk of being civic.

“At Kaiser Permanente, we’re here to support our communities. Our mission is about improving the health of not just our members but the lives of the people in the communities we serve,” said Roland Lyon, Kaiser Permanente Colorado president.

Kaiser Permanente Stakeholder Engagement lead and B:CIVIC Board Chair, Lori Call, volunteered at the Jeffco Action Center, showing that her talents for leadership and vision as Board Chair are equally matched by her positive heart.

Kaiser president - Rolad Lyon     Lori and KP volunteers at Jeffoc Action Center_ Cropped

First photo:  Roland Lyon, Kaiser Permanente Colorado president filling book bags for area youth.
Second photo: Lori Call, Kaiser Permanente, Stakeholder Relations (shown far left), with fellow team members and their family, at the Jeffco Action Center.


CSR Certification class application extended to January 12.

The CSR Certification class still has some open seats! The deadline to apply has been extended through Thursday, January 12.
Apply now. Classes begin January 18.

Why enroll in the Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility Program through the CU-Boulder Leeds, CESR – a certification program in partnership with B:CIVIC?

  • It equips you with the knowledge to advance your company and career.
  • It’s local, in Denver, so no out-of-state travel time or expense.
  • It’s compressed – just once a week (plus a few Saturdays).
  • It costs substantially less than most other programs. B:CIVIC members receive a  $500 discount.
  • It focuses on the core competencies every CSR professional should know.
  • You’ll gain access to guest speakers, instructors, peer networking, and best practices.
  • It’s beneficial to those changing careers and those looking to move ahead.
  • Read more about the class and program.

Join your peers in the know.

Congratulations to CCSR Graduates and Thank You Program Creators!


Congratulations to all of the December 2016 graduates from the first-ever CSR Certification Program at the CU Leeds School of Business, CESR Center, presented in partnership with B:CIVIC (visit our page for those pictured).

The program grew out of the initiative of B:CIVIC who, together with the CU Leeds Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) and several passionate volunteer CSR professionals, collaborated during 2015 and 2016 to envision and map out the program. These efforts included defining the program focus to address core competencies in corporate social responsibility, incorporating peer-learning, providing best practice examples from guest speakers, including B:CIVIC member companies, enhancing the CSR profession, enabling those from B:CIVIC member companies first opportunity to enroll each session and providing a tuition discount to B:CIVIC members. The program was the first of its kind in the metro Denver region when it kicked off in the fall of 2016.

Special thanks to our collaborators and the creators of this program:

  • Dr. Mark Meaney, Executive Director, CESR, CU Leeds School of Business
  • David S. Payne, Instructor, CESR, CU LEEDS School of Business
  • Lori Call, Stakeholder Engagement, Kaiser Permanente and B:CIVIC 2017 Board Chair
  • Su Hawk, President/CEO, B:CIVIC
  • Geri Mitchell-Brown, Director, Rally for Impact Foundation
  • Sondra Smith, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility; Director, Level 3 Communications Foundation
  • Jessica Silba, Sr. Manager, Corporate Philanthropy, Community Affairs and Events, The WhiteWave Foods Company

Want to advance your company and career? Apply now for the winter CCSR program beginning in January 2017. Online applications are open through January 8th.

Ball Corporation Supports “Do All You Can” Canned Food Drive

In the spirit of doing more and all they can, B:CIVIC member Ball Corporation joined the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and the Kroenke Sports Charities for the Denver Rescue Mission’s “Do ALL You Can” Canned Food Drive.  Fans were encouraged to bring non-perishable canned food and donations to November games help with food scarcity in our community. Ball Corporation matched up to the first $10,000 in donations.
Read more about Ball in the community and Ball giving.

Colorado Gives Day Dec. 6th: FirstBank & Denver Business Journal Help Lead the Way

The Community First Foundation, with the Denver Business Journal, invites businesses to join the “Corporate Challenge” on Colorado Gives Day, December 6th.  The Colorado Gives Day Corporate Challenge, presented by the Denver Business Journal, involves the Colorado business community in the state’s largest single-day giving initiative by helping businesses take an active, public role in supporting local nonprofit organizations. The Challenge is an opportunity for businesses and their employees to show their generosity and build company pride and connections among employees. Participants and their giving efforts will be highlighted through various channels. For more information and to participate click here. This is a wonderful new initiative and B:CIVIC hopes your company will join in the Challenge.

FirstBank is the Corporate Partner with Community First Foundation in presenting Colorado Gives Day. Sponsorship of Colorado Gives Day is among FirstBank’s largest community investment programs. FirstBank and Community First each contributed $500,000 to create a $1Million Incentive fund for nonprofits, which increases the value of every Gives Day donation proportionally. FirstBank is also providing $100,000 in cash prizes to give nonprofits an opportunity to win cash for their causes. As a member of B:CIVIC, and with their wonderful work with Community First Foundation, FirstBank is demonstrating what it means to be civic!

Join Us for the First-Ever B:CIVIC Summit September 29

Open to everyone interested, the B:CIVIC Summit is packed with national and local speakers, content, inspiring stories, and best practices.  Whether you are a seasoned executive or new in the field, you will find sessions of great value.

Combining a welcome from the Honorable Governor John Hickenlooper, workshops, facilitated roundtables about a spectrum of topics, lightning talks (TED-style talks), more workshops and a closing keynote from Google, this conference is for you and your team!  Bring guests, potential clients, staff members or colleagues and be a part of thought leadership in our community.

Speakers include:
Mike Hess, Blind Institute of Technology.  Mike gave up his very well-earned career in IT to dedicate his life to helping others find career opportunities who are blind or visually impaired.  Ever wish you could do the same?  Mike’s bravery is compounded because only about 15% of people from the BVI community ever get to pursue their professions. His humor, appreciation and focus will inspire you!

Mike Stemple, Inspirer.  Founder of nearly 20 companies and a sponsored athlete, Mike is focused on the relentless pursuit of success and accomplishments, and his newest venture will inspire you toward your personal and professional brand best!

Nicole Glaros, TechStars.  She got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. Since 2002, she’s been mentoring and funding early-stage web software companies.

Some of The Other Speakers:
Opening Keynotes:  Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne, CEO of The Prometheus Exchange and former VP, JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy; and Kimberly Davis, Senior Managing Director, Teneo Holdings and former President, JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Closing Keynote:  Diane Solinger, Global Director of GooglersGive
Jamie Van Leeuwen, Executive Director, Global Livingston Institute; Senior Policy Advisor, Governor Hickenlooper
Mischa Delaney, Community Lead, B Lab Colorado
Brook Eddy, Owner, Bhakti Chai
Steve Rochlin, Co-CEO, Project ROI
Lisha Burnett, Manager, Government & Stakeholder Relations, Suncor
Bruce Erley, President/CEO of Creative Strategies Group
Susan Boehnke, Senior Manager of Corporate Events at Janus
Kailey Schumacher, Tap Room Manager, Odell Brewing
Carol Cochran, Co-Owner, Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
Kate Lyda, Senior Philanthropic Services Director and Impact Investing, The Denver Foundation
Kelly Purdy, Senior Philanthropic Services Director and Charitable Projects Specialist, The Denver Foundation

All the details and registration information here!

B:CIVIC Announces New CSR Certification Program with The Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) at the CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business


Invitation to Elevate Your CSR Expertise and Join Our New Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility (CCSR) Program

B:CIVIC’s mission is to promote and advance business philanthropy and community involvement across Colorado, and we are so proud today to announce a new program and a partnership with the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) at the CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business.

Why This Is Important
More and more businesses are joining the movement of conscious capitalism – choosing to evaluate their success on the “triple bottom line” – their impact on people and the planet, as well as making a profit.  In addition, corporations face ever-increasing pressure from consumers, shareholders, and society to be more socially responsible.  As a consequence, people leading CSR efforts within their companies are looking for ways to learn practical, applicable best practices that can help deliver maximum value back to their companies and the communities they serve.

The newly created CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility, in partnership with B:CIVIC, is designed to address the evolving needs of CSR practitioners, regardless of role or title.  And, whether you are an experienced CSR professional, just starting out in your CSR career, or wanting to make a career change in this direction, this certification program provides an opportunity to further your knowledge, ideas and network within the Colorado CSR community.


  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is filled.
  • As yet another benefit of membership, employees of B:CIVIC member companies will be given first priority to be a part of the pilot, along with a substantial discount to participate in the program.
  • The pilot cohort will be limited to 15-20 participants.
  • Upon completion of the program, students will receive a non-degree Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibillty from the CU Leeds School of Business.
  • The content will comprise 40 hours of class time. Sessions will meet in Boulder on Wednesdays from 6:30-9 pm, September 14 – December 14, 2016 and for five hours on two Saturdays during the semester, dates to be selected by the students, instructor and advisors.
  • Tuition is $1750 per person for employees of current B:CIVIC members; $2250 per person for non-members, and payment is not expected until after your application has been accepted. Payment will be made directly to the University of Colorado.
  • Full details provide content overview and program specifics, so if you are a CSR professional who wants to elevate your professional knowledge and increase the standards for CSR professionals, join us for this exciting program!