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|Saturday, December 01, 2007|
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.
Friday, February 27, 2015
BY OB STAFF
The 100 Best list recognizes large, medium and small companies for excellence in work environment, management and communications, decision-making and trust, career development and learning, and benefits and compensation.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Employment in Oregon is almost back up to prerecession levels — and employers are having to work harder to entice talented staff to join their ranks. This year’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project showcases the kind of quality workplaces that foster happy employees.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
As baby boomers sell their businesses, too many forget the all-important succession plan.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
NBA commissioner: "I would love to end up having an All-Star Game in Portland. It's really just a function of ensuring that we can fit in town."
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
A partnership of a grassroots environmental organization and a youth group is striving to build community and business support for carbon price legislation.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Cycling to work is all the rage. But not everyone wants to arrive at the office messy, sweaty — and unfashionable.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
As the investigation against the governor moves forward, those of us in the news business should reflect on our own potential for subverting the democratic process.
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