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Companies see philanthropy as a smart investment to be managed for the good of their community— and their business.
By Abraham Hyatt
Over the past 10 years, corporate giving in Oregon has undergone a profound transformation. Major sources of funding have disappeared. Employees are playing a larger role in determining the direction of their company’s philanthropy. And the business world is rethinking how it gives — and what it expects in return.
Perhaps the most powerful shift has been to “focused giving”: companies donating to or working closely with nonprofits that are directly related to their industry, as opposed to a more general, blanketed philanthropic strategy.
Other mid-level and small companies are now feeling pressure to take up the slack; Chaillé’s foundation found that local businesses have experienced a 49% increase in requests for donations over the past few years. Complicating matters are the growing number of young companies — businesses that may be more focused on internal affairs and global competition rather than the admirable but second-tier priority of charitable giving.
“We know that the new guard of business leaders are very concerned about the community, but I don’t think that they’re yet in a position to be the old guard of philanthropy,” Chaillé says.
When that new guard steps into the old guard’s shoes, they’re going to have a very different relationship with corporate humanitarianism than their predecessors. They’re entering a world where targeted giving is intertwining charity and corporate strategy; a world where philanthropy isn’t just a warm feeling, it’s a smart, proactive business strategy.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY GINA BINOLE
Screening for “culture fit” has become an essential part of the hiring process. But do like-minded employees actually build strong companies — or merely breed consensus culture?
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Oregon's roads are crumbling, and revenues from state and local gas taxes are not sufficient to pay for improvements. We asked readers if the private sector should help fund transportation maintenance and repairs. Research partner CFM Strategic Communications conducted the poll of 366 readers in February.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Market of Choice is on a tear. In 2012 the 35-year-old Eugene-based grocery chain opened a central kitchen/distribution center in its hometown. The market opened a third Portland store in the Cedar Mill neighborhood this year; a Bend outpost broke ground in March. A fourth Portland location is slated for the inner southeast “LOCA” development, a mixed-use project featuring condos and retail. Revenues in 2014 were $175 million, a double-digit increase over 2013. CEO Rick Wright discusses growth, market trends and how he keeps new “foodie” grocery clerks happy.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY LINDA WESTON
In 1996, after a 17-year career in the destination marketing industry, where I gained national standing as the CEO of the Convention & Visitors Association of Lane County, I was recruited by the founders of a new professional basketball league for women. The American Basketball League (ABL) hoped to leverage the success of the 1996 USA women’s national team at the Atlanta Olympics — much like USA Soccer is now leveraging the U.S. Women’s National Team’s victory in the World Cup. The ABL wanted a team in Portland, and they wanted me to be its general manager.
Monday, August 03, 2015
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You may have noticed the photos of our rural health innovators departed from the typical Oregon Business aesthetic.
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Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
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