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Ball Corporation, in partnership with the Oskar Blues Can’d Aid Foundation, is sending nearly 200,000 cans of water to areas of South Carolina affected by the recent floods. Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard, North Carolina, is filling cans donated by Ball’s Rome, Georgia, facility with city drinking water to assist flood victims.
Assisting with flood relief efforts is not new to Oskar Blues and Ball. Colorado’s 2013 floods devastated several communities, including Oskar Blues’ hometown of Lyons. In response to the floods, the Ball Foundation pledged $1 million to several nonprofits that assisted with relief efforts in areas impacted by the flood. These organizations included Community Food Share, Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley, Flatirons Habitat for Humanity, Impact on Education Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools and the Foothills United Way’s Foothills Flood Relief Fund.
Are you and your company interested in learning more about developing a corporate social responsibility program? Or have you been around the block a few times and just want to know the best ways to refine your existing strategy?
We are proud to offer our members and the broader Colorado business community Boston College’s highly-esteemed Corporate Citizenship Fast Track certification this fall, discounted at more than half of the standard tuition rate. This five-day educational certification is a program of the college’s Center for Corporate Citizenship, Carroll School of Management and will be led by Boston College faculty members.
Please note: consultants and nonprofit representatives are not eligible to attend this certification.
The Corporate Citizenship Fast Track Certificate program is designed for professionals tasked with developing community engagement, philanthropy, sustainability or corporate social responsibility for their companies. Instructors will educate students on how to develop, execute, measure and scale good corporate citizenship efforts, ultimately improving the Colorado communities they operate in and strengthening the companies they serve.
Obtaining this certificate normally requires professionals to travel to five cities across the country over the course of a year or more, but B:CIVIC’s program will be hosted in five consecutive days at DaVita HealthCare Partners’ downtown Denver headquarters. This allows Colorado professionals to complete the certification in one workweek at a significantly discounted rate without the added burden of travel and lodging in other cities.
Tuition for the Corporate Citizenship Fast Track Certificate program varies based on B:CIVIC membership status and company size and seats are limited.
Member Rate: $5,000
Nonmember Rate: $6,000
Bundled Rate (New B:CIVIC Membership + Tuition): Price varies, please see chart for details.
Interested in attending? Please sign up here!
Guest contributor: Jessica Thrasher of Headwaters Realty
On March 14, 2015 Headwaters Realty partnered with Odell Brewing Company and organized a volunteer project for the House of Neighborly Service in Loveland, CO.
The House of Neighborly Service connects low income and impoverished individuals and families to available resources in the community. They recently moved into a new space and invited all of the partner agencies that they work with on a regular basis to join them so that their clients could get all of the services they need in one location. Since the House of Neighborly Service recently moved and is still in the process of building out space for other nonprofits, they needed a lot of help cleaning.
For our project we had 31 volunteers contribute 93 hours cleaning the bathrooms, sweeping construction areas, scraping mud off the floors, mudding screw holes in the walls, mopping, cleaning the new conference room, cleaning all of the stairs, and painting! We were AMAZED by all of the work that was accomplished by these very dedicated volunteers. This project was also unique because it was our first partnership project with another company. We were very excited to be able to partner with Odell Brewing Company. By combining our resources, we were able to have a greater impact.
About Headwaters Realty’s commitment to community:
The Headwaters Realty volunteer program began in June 2014. We have two main focus areas: Education and the Environment. As a company, we organize one volunteer project per quarter that fits into one of our focus areas. We invite our past and present clients, family, friends, and community members to join us at our volunteer projects. We are committed to making our volunteering efforts an integral part of how we do business. A portion of all commissions goes toward our community engagement projects. We hire agents who also believe in this mission and each agent organizes one volunteer project per year with the local nonprofit of their choice. We believe that by volunteering and giving back to the community, we have the ability to affect change and improve where we live, work and play.
Join the Young Philanthropists Foundation (YPF) in recognizing Alexis Owen for her vision in creating YPF and bringing Penny Harvest, a free, school-based citizenship and leadership service-learning program, to Colorado! (Last year the program raised nearly $100,000 with the help of local students and teachers). This event will celebrate how far YPF has come in engaging youth in making a difference in their communities and showcase where this amazing organization is headed.
Join YPF in celebrating Alexis’ contributions at the event taking place at the following date, time and location:
Thursday, March 19
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Congratulations to Alexis on this wonderful recognition! We’re extremely proud of her community impact and are excited to have her expertise as B:CIVIC continues to grow. Alexis currently represents First Western Trust as a Founding Board Member and also serves as Co-chair of the Outreach and Marketing Committee.
We’re excited to announce a great opportunity for B:CIVIC Members! The Corporate Community Investment Network (CCIN), a long-standing peer network for professionals tasked with making a positive impact on communities on behalf of their companies in a for-profit business setting will now be managed by B:CIVIC. Joyce Witte of Founding Board Member Encana started CCIN, and the network has held regular meetings every other month for years. The role of CCIN is to provide a confidential forum to share and discuss best and worst practices, engage in peer networking, encourage personal development and share resources to enhance the CI profession.
CCIN has now transitioned to serve as a B:CIVIC Affinity Group and will continue as a corporate funders peer group. The first meeting will take place next month.
Interested in joining? There are a few qualifiers your business has to meet.
- You must be employed by a for-profit company, perform a community investment (CI) role and have influence over a CI budget.
- The budget must include an allocation by the company directed to corporate grants, employee volunteerism, employee matching gifts, or in-kind products or services.
- CCIN is not a forum for fundraising or solicitation, and is closed to non-profit organizations.
- To participate, you are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Please note that other B:CIVIC Affinity Groups (such as for small businesses and companies just starting a community investment program) are under development and will be announced shortly.
CCIN February Meeting
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 am
Location: Petroleum Room 1, Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80204
Cost: FREE (February Breakfast is sponsored by Western Union)
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B:CIVIC Founding Member Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (DGS) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and they’ve announced that the milestone calls for 365 days of good! The company has dubbed 2015 the “Year of 100 Good Deeds” (Y100) and its team is completing a wide array of projects that benefit the community. These projects were nominated by DGS attorneys and staff, ensuring a strong level of interest and engagement with the efforts.
While the firm has traditionally focused its community involvement efforts on generous financial contributions, it’s widening the giving scope with Y100 by also coordinating volunteer projects and providing pro bono legal services. Check out the full list of planned partnerships here.
“Service to the community is one of the firm’s core values,” said Kenzo Kawanabe, chair of the Y100 Committee, in a press release. “It was a standard set by the founding partners at the firm – and it is a standard that our attorneys and staff strive to continue today with pro bono legal services, community board memberships, volunteer projects, and civic involvement.”
Learn more about Y100 here and track the company’s progress throughout the year! Starting off 2015 with a bang, their team has already supported Colfax Community Network, Adopt Colorado Kids and The Denver Foundation.