Announcing ’20 B:CIVIC Summit Keynote Speaker – Erin Reilly!
Join us on Oct. 22 for (Re)Define the ’20 B:CIVIC Summit as Erin Reilly, chief social impact officer for Twilio, shares her expertise and insights on CSR’s shifting landscape, from the significance of her role as chief social impact officer to advice on weaving social impact throughout your organization.
We are thrilled to learn from a leader who is (re)defining the future of CSR!
Meet Erin: Erin is a leader driving the company to use its unique assets – products, people and funding – to do good. She also runs the business unit that empowers nonprofits to use Twilio to scale their impact. Through her leadership, thousands of social impact organizations using Twilio are helping more than 100 million people each year.
She’s proven that social impact can be a sustainable business by lowering costs for nonprofits to access Twilio while delivering meaningful revenue growth and continued investment in social impact.
For a limited time, save with early bird pricing. Members save an additional $100 on tickets.
As a special offer, the first 50 people to register will receive a copy of Derrick Feldmann’s latest book, The Corporate Social Mind.
We look forward to hosting a dynamic and engaging B:CIVIC Summit on Oct. 22. While we sincerely hope to gather in person for this event, we will be closely monitoring COVID-19 developments in the coming months to determine the safest path forward.
If we are not able to meet in person, you can count on us to (re)define the virtual conference experience with enhanced benefits, bonus content and more opportunities for community-building and networking. We will keep you informed of the safety precautions we are taking and any updates regarding the conference format (by July 30).
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Local Aviators Along with Lockheed Martin Raise Money for Colorado COVID Relief Fund and to Support Essential Workers
It’s not just a flyover, it’s a fundraiser
PRESS RELEASE: DENVER, CO. – May 8, 2020 – In collaboration with Colorado Governor, Jared Polis and Mile High United Way, a group of local aviators will donate their time and resources to raise money and awareness for the Help Colorado Now program through a Flyover Fundraising Parade and Aerial Salute to essential workers.
Oil and gas is known for being a boom and bust industry. Its leaders and employees are no strangers to dealing with dramatic fluctuation in commodity prices due to factors outside their control. Now, the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia have created a dual negative impact that is hitting the industry especially hard. In spite of this combination of challenges that have led to lay-offs and billions of dollars in losses, industry members have stayed true to their roots and continue to provide philanthropic support to local communities.
BY KATIE DOYEN // Public Affairs Coordinator for the Chamber
Featured in the Chamber’s Business Altitude | Issue 3 | 27
WITH COLORADO’S UNEMPLOYMENT rate at an all-time low, the competition as an employer to attract top talent is stronger than ever. More and more, organizations are using corporate social responsibility, or CSR, as a tool to attract and retain workers, boost morale and productivity, reinforce brand reputation and build trust in the community.
In September, Colorado became the first state to honor a local Civic 50 – an honor that recognizes the most philanthropic companies. Among the Colorado honorees were 36 Chamber investors. In November, members of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Council met honorees from businesses large and small to learn about their experiences and the benefits of making CSR part of doing business.
The case for CSR is clear, said Alexis Owen, principal at Kennedy West. Today, 87% of Americans are willing to purchase a product from a company that advocated for an issue they care about.
“The companies that dive in are the ones who benefit,” said Owen, who chairs the advisory board of B:CIVIC, a partner of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation that elevates business for good by providing organizations of all sizes with the resources and connections they need to create or grow a successful social responsibility program.
AT&T is one of those companies. The worst time to begin understanding a community is after disaster strikes, said Andy Bailey, senior program manager of AT&T’s humanitarian disaster response team. AT&T puts local communities first by empowering regional employees to build relationships with the communities they’re in. Bailey has found that, “the more options you can give to your employees to engage with the community, the stronger you are and the more our employees thrive.”
Not every company can dedicate a full team to CSR programming, especially when it comes to small businesses. At GroundFloor Media, team members receive dedicated time off to volunteer and can provide pro bono services to community organizations they support. The PR firm has also created a foundation that has granted more than $120,000. Amy Moynihan, GroundFloor’s senior director of communications, suggested some simple steps that can engage employees to bring more purpose into the workplace: consider how the organizations you may support align with your business and your employees and look for opportunities that allow your team to grow and cultivate skills and leadership.
“Look at the employee motivation piece to hear what matters to them,” Moynihan said. “That really helps get folks around the table.”
3 Colorado Businesses Recognized for Leadership
Among companies recognized as the Civic 50 Colorado, three stood out as leaders. Get to know these investors and what they’re doing to support the community where they live and work.
Denver Community Credit Union: Small Company Leader
The Denver Community Credit Union’s Clear Money Program provides free onsite and community-based financial education classes and coaching that are open to the public as a service to the community, as well as train-the-trainer workshops for nonprofits, schools, municipal agencies and local businesses. It also trains employees to become certified financial coaching experts to educate people about how to reach their financial goals.
Furthermore, the Denver Community Credit Union offers employees many other opportunities to make a difference in the community including an annual all-staff volunteer day, team-building community service projects across all departments and mandated board or committee service for managers.
Clearly, employees take advantage of these opportunities: 100% participate and for significantly more hours than the average Civic 50 Colorado company — 17 hours per year versus 10.
AAA Colorado: Midsize Company Leader
A not-for-profit organization since it first came together in 1923, AAA Colorado was founded on the principle of getting travelers to where they need to go safely, and with ease. In addition to its world-famous emergency roadside assistance program, AAA Colorado is unique among companies its size for its dedicated public affairs division that advances traffic safety initiatives.
In 1923, its first accomplishments included numbering Colorado’s highways, donating more than 2,000 highway signs to the state and getting Colorado’s roads paved. Today, AAA Colorado regularly airs PSAs, testifies before policymakers, appears in the media and funds conversation-shaping research on automotive technology and traffic safety.
KeyBank: Large Company Leader
KeyBank considers one of its most valuable assets to be its ability to create hope, opportunity and dignity for the communities and clients it serves. KeyBank actively supports organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures, with a focus on neighbors, education and workforce.
Over the last two years, KeyBank has invested more than $405 million in Colorado through its national community benefits plan, including community development projects, small business loans, mortgage lending and philanthropic investments in low-to-moderate income communities. KeyBank employees also roll up their sleeves to contribute to the community through volunteerism every day.
The follow was originally shared in the November Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver newsletter, featuring, DISH, a B:CIVIC annual investor.
INVEST | DISH Cares About Our Community
November is definitely a month to be grateful, and this month we would like to highlight an outstanding corporate partner who has gone above and beyond to raise significant funds for our Club kids!
This year marked the 4th annual DISH Cares Charity Poker Tournament benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, which raised more than $30,000! Special thanks to BGCMD Board Member Warren Schlichting, Group President of Sling TV, for his vision to put together this tournament. We are also extremely grateful for the support of SpotX, FreeWheel, Xavient Digital, CSG and Game Show Network for sponsoring the event and the amazing DISH/Sling TV employees who participated.
DISH Cares focuses on improving communities where DISH Network employees live and work. DISH Network has become a significant partner over the past few years through Warren’s leadership, volunteer events and attendance at our annual gala. Thank you to Warren and DISH Network for leveraging your technology and talented workforce to make a positive impact in the community!