B:CIVIC Member Spotlight: B-Lab


B-Lab Inspires Tech Companies to Make an Impact With B Bold! Event


On a snowy Wednesday earlier this month, B-Lab held an event in conjunction with Rally Software in Boulder to share information on how tech companies can focus on impact and win in the marketplace. Four panelists offered their unique perspectives on why using business as a force for good can ultimately benefit employee engagement, public perception and the bottom line of tech companies, and how Benefit Corporations are shaking up the tech market and attracting major attention from the VC world.

The following individuals spoke on the panel:

  • Ryan Martens, Founder and CTO at Rally Software, Founder and Chairperson at Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado
  • Seth Levine, Managing Director at Foundry Group
  • Kat Rhodes, Director of Corporate Marketing at Simple Energy
  • Matthew Elliott, Partner and UX Humanitarian at Super Humane

Panelists spoke to a full room of engaged and inspired attendees who had the opportunity to ask questions afterwards. Every attendee also received a B Lab Handbook to begin applying lessons they learned immediately.

The week after this event, B-Lab held a Hackathon to help any attendees who were interested in becoming a B Corp begin the application process to join the ranks of more than 1,000 companies redefining success in business.

Learn more about B-Lab and its mission at www.bcorporation.net.

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B:CIVIC Member Spotlight: Level 3 Communications


Level 3 Cares

B:CIVIC Founding Member Level 3 Communications sets an example in Colorado and across the country with its community involvement efforts. Through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, Level 3 Cares, the company strives to connect its volunteers to an organization that meets their volunteer expectations, while ensuring their valuable time L3supports local communities in creative and rewarding ways.

Level 3 strongly encourages teams to volunteer together as a way to strengthen team camaraderie and foster a culture of giving back. One of Level 3’s signature volunteer programs, Everyone Deserves a Cookie, was designed to fill a gap identified by the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. Level 3 volunteers go into their kitchen and personally make desserts the shelter’s guests can enjoy that evening. Since the launch of this program in May, Level 3 has sent nine small groups to volunteer their time and bake cookies, serving approximately 1,800 people.

This program not only provides a bit of home-baked goodness to the shelter’s guests, but also provides Level 3 volunteers a tangible way to do good.

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Join us for SPARKS and SIPS on January 27



SPARKS and SIPS is a quarterly B:CIVIC event designed to spark ideas through a 60-90 minute workshop followed by happy hour sipping and networking with other cool companies. You can choose to attend both the workshop and the networking – or just one or the other. The interactive SPARKS workshops are designed to address hot community involvement and corporate philanthropy topics, highlight member activities and tips, offer opportunities for discussion and best practice sharing, and provide actionable information that can spark new ideas about how your company can take its community involvement to the next level right away.

The inaugural SPARKS AND SIPS is The Power of Purpose. As we start 2015, it is a great time to clarify or revisit the true motivations your company has for giving back and being engaged in the community. Is the feel good of giving back for employee engagement your main goal? Building a stronger reputation in the community? Customer retention or exposure to new potential markets? Or…? Maybe it’s a combo of several drivers.

Too often companies jump straight into doing “stuff,” with no strategy or clear sense of why they choose one cause over another or which community organization to support. While you may hit the jackpot with a great experience, many times the effort and other resources you put in may not bear the desired fruit. A key contributor to not having the impact you wanted may be that the giving strategies chosen don’t align with the company’s actual underlying motivations and purpose(s). Maybe you’re focusing on what you think is a “politically correct” purpose by focusing solely on community benefits instead of acknowledging you can do double duty so both your company and the community benefit. The workshop is co-presented by B:CIVIC and Community Shares of Colorado and will help you clarify the true motivations your company has for being involved in Colorado communities. You will gain insights on how to better plan and focus your efforts to do a lot of good AND be in alignment with your purpose. Once you truly identify your company’s purpose, you can create much more powerful win-win strategies and programs to implement.

3:30 – 5:00 SPARKS Workshop, The Power of Purpose
5:00 – 7:00 SIPS Networking (NOTE: Happy hour prices run from 4-6pm.)
Location: Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202

The workshop will be held in the private Maury Brown Room. Networking will be held in the upstairs bar/landing area. Only 40 Spots Available for the FREE SPARKS Workshop portion. So don’t delay, register now: CLICK HERE

The SIPS networking is a business-only event and is open to B:CIVIC members and other business people interested in learning more about B:CIVIC and its programs. Please feel free to spread the word and invite your friends and colleagues! CLICK HERE to register for the networking only.

Study: Corporate Citizenship Delivers Real Results

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship recently released a study on the impact of companies investing in environmental and social programs, delivering optimistic results for the corporate giving professional. According to the data, employee volunteering, sustainability and corporate giving programs help contribute to important business goals in addition to social good.

For the first time in more than a decade, executives predict that investment will increase over the next three years for every dimension of corporate citizenship. In addition, the majority believe that corporate citizenship:

  • contributes to company success
  • returns value to shareholders and
  • merits additional investments.

Check out the highlights of the infographic below, and learn more about the study here.

B:CIVIC – Our Mission, Members and Opportunities

IMG_0144Welcome to For Goodness’ Sake, B:CIVIC’s blog that will offer new perspectives on business giving in Colorado. We’ll regularly serve up philanthropy and community outreach ideas, new ways your business can get involved and noticed for its good deeds, insights on Colorado’s business giving scene and updates on our organization.

As the spin-off of the 2% Club, Businesses Committed to Investing and Volunteering in the Community (B:CIVIC) was established to boost business philanthropy and community involvement across the state.

Simply put: we know that businesses doing good make communities great.

We might be new, but many of our Founding Board Members have given back to their communities for decades. The 14 businesses and organizations at the helm of B:CIVIC are leaders in business giving in Colorado, and they’re on a mission to help companies of all sizes and industries do the same. We’ve almost reached 100 Founding Members and are ready to get the good going.

So, What’s Next?

Starting in 2015, we will offer year-round, exclusive professional development opportunities, educational resources, networking events, service days and much more. Whether you prefer attending an engaging panel that discusses the best business philanthropy practices or picking the brain of a fellow business leader about their latest community outreach tactics at a hopping cocktail hour, we have you covered. Stay tuned for a formal calendar of member events, as well as opportunities for Colorado’s nonprofit community and the general public to get involved.

We also invite our members to get involved with B:CIVIC by joining one of the following committees:

  • Membership: Get involved with recruiting the best and brightest businesses that are committed to their local communities.
  • Outreach and Marketing: Help tell B:CIVIC’s story, establish beneficial community partnerships, elevate members in the public eye, drive chatter on social media and much more.
  • Program: Guide the design and implementation of program activities, evaluate program effectiveness and ensure that the programing addresses the needs of the organization.

Members: sign up for a committee here!

B:CIVIC kicked off on November 18th with a party at Will Call in RiNo. More than 100 representatives of local business showed up to support B:CIVIC’s mission to promote business philanthropy and community involvement in the community. Check out the album here!


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