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Formerly called the Raise & Engage Podcast.

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Subscribe to The sgENGAGE Podcast to hear experts from across the social good community share best practices, tips and must-know trends that will help organizations increase their impact.

Formerly called the Raise & Engage Podcast.

    Episode 209: Change for Good—Shifting from Passive CSR to Active Social Impact

    Episode 209: Change for Good—Shifting from Passive CSR to Active Social Impact

    Today, improving ESG (environmental, social, and governance) performance is no longer optional. People want to work for companies that are helping to change the world, consumers are making purchasing decisions based on how brands are solving social problems and addressing climate change and investors consider companies that are ESG laggards to be high-risk. Despite the imperative for corporations to be making social change a priority, many businesses continue the practice of "CSR lite," an approach that prioritizes communications and optics over meaningful and measurable change. 
    Join Paul Klein for a conversation about why it's more important than ever for corporations to shift from a checkbox approach to corporate social responsibility to one that contributes to solving social problems. They will discuss what social change leadership looks like today and how businesses can help solve social problems and benefit from doing so.
     
    Topics Discussed in This Episode:
    Impakt’s role and background Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) and how a company balances these elements Why ESG can be hard to measure, especially the S Quantitative and qualitative data The practice of CSR lite What it takes to move a company that isn’t there yet Which organizations are getting it right Companies that you don’t hear as much about Keeping the small and mid-sized businesses in mind Amazing examples of how companies mobilized their resources How people can learn more  
    Resources:
    Paul Klein
    Impakt
    Impakt Foundation
    [book] Change for Good by Paul Klein (ECW press) - coming spring 2022
     
    Quotes: 
    “I think that the social dimension of business is the next frontier of what it means to be a business in society today.”
    "There's a leadership vacuum at a social change level."
    “So many companies don't take [being socially responsible] beyond the bare minimum and that's what CSR lite is. It's the optics, rather than the substance."
    “To me, the essence of innovation is thinking about the fastest way to make the biggest difference at the lowest cost.”

    • 33 min
    Episode 208: Seismic Shifts in CSR: ACCP Data on COVID-19 and the Racial Justice Movement

    Episode 208: Seismic Shifts in CSR: ACCP Data on COVID-19 and the Racial Justice Movement

    What impact has COVID-19 and the racial justice movement had on corporate social responsibility (CSR)? The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP) partnered with Rocket Social Impact to research just that. Join Carolyn Berkowitz, President and CEO of ACCP, on today’s episode to learn all about it and what motivated their research.
     
    Topics Discussed in This Episode:
    What the ACCP does What motivated the research on the intersection of COVID-19 and racial justice What trends and data the research revealed on CSR budgets, importance to the C-suite, staffing needs Integration between CSR teams and other teams in companies (DEI, HR, ESG, Marketing) How to access the report: The Impact of Pandemic & Racial Justice Movement on CSR  
    Resources:
    Carolyn Berkowitz
    ACCP resources
    The Impact of Pandemic & Racial Justice Movement on CSR
     
    Quotes: 
    “The expectations of CEOs and of senior leadership is significantly raising the game. They want to be reported to more frequently and want to have a greater hand in the [social responsibility] work.”
    “There’s a heightened demand for measurement and there is not necessarily an increase in the internal resources to do that work… We’ve got to have the right people in the right places to do the volume of work that is expected and necessary to make change.”
    “40% of companies in the survey said that they are making a long-term CSR focus-area shift. 64% of those are shifting or adding racial justice and racial equity as a priority.”

    • 21 min
    Episode 207: Ask the Experts: Simple Budgeting for Community Health Centers

    Episode 207: Ask the Experts: Simple Budgeting for Community Health Centers

    Federal grants complicate the budgeting process. You have to consider a lot of different scenarios, and you don’t have any room for error. In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Stacy Fitzsimmons and learn more about budgeting for Community Health Centers when grants are part of the picture. Listen in to learn about where to start with your budget, why you need to break costs into buckets, and how to get yourself audit-ready.
     
    Topics Discussed in This Episode:
    The biggest challenge of grant budgeting Creating a realistic, achievable budget Where to start with your budget Using budget categories for your expenses Breaking down cost buckets Knowing how much money you’ve spent and how much is left The joint responsibility for budgeting Planning the budgeting cycles for different scenarios Putting guardrails in place How to set yourself up to be audit-ready Documentation back-up Having policies and procedures that support how you use your system Using budgeting and expense tracking to tie into performance measures  
    Resources:
    Stacy Fitzsimmons
    eBook: Set up Your Community Health Center for Federal Grant Success: https://hello.blackbaud.com/budgeting-for-community-health.html  
    Whitepaper: Data-Driven Decision Making for Community Health Centers https://hello.blackbaud.com/Datat-Driven-Decisions-eBook.html
     
    Quotes: 
    “With this type of budgeting, you’ll also be setting yourself up for success and making sure that all of your funds are traceable within the accounting system by your grant award.”
    “Why I recommend this is that you will then be able to report against your budget by these categories when you’re asked to report against it.”
    “If you have documentation that supports that expense entry, upload it with your entry so that documentation is right there.”

    • 28 min
    Episode 206: New Rules for Corporate Purpose

    Episode 206: New Rules for Corporate Purpose

    What is corporate purpose? What are the current rules for corporate purpose? And why do we need to redefine them? In today’s interview with Judy Samuelson, Founder and Executive Director of the Aspen Business and Society Program, you’ll learn about her new book, The Six New Rules of Business, and why she’s been on a mission to disrupt economist Milton Friedman’s narrative about corporate purpose.
     
    Topics Discussed in This Episode:
    Judy’s role at The Aspen Institute Judy’s campaign to disrupt Milton Friedman’s narrative about corporate purpose Why Judy’s proposed new rules are necessary How to start thinking about the rules Companies that are leading the way Advice for leaders who don’t understand yet that change is needed Where listeners can find Judy  
    Resources:
    Judy Samuelson
    The Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World by Judy Samuelson
    The Aspen Institute
     
    Quotes: 
    “I like to say single objective functions, whether it’s about stock price or customers, rarely ends well.”
    “In order to do very much, to last for very long, you simply have to be balancing the inputs that are critical to the health of the enterprise.”
    “Sustainability is not an end game either, it’s a mindset.”
    “Today the responsibility of companies is defined way outside the gate of the business.”
    “To solve the most complex problems we need to bring people together, we need to bring these remarkably powerful institutions that we call business together to collaborate to go deeper into systems and change the norm.”

    • 24 min
    Episode 205: Planning a Successful GivingTuesday Campaign

    Episode 205: Planning a Successful GivingTuesday Campaign

    GivingTuesday isn’t a new or unexpected event, but some organizations struggle to make the most of it. Whether it’s learning how to better engage supporters or improving results over previous years, standing up a successful campaign may seem overwhelming. With 2021’s GivingTuesday coming up sooner than you may think, Sophia Latto joins the podcast to give expert advice on what organizations can do to seize the GivingTuesday and make it a repeatable success.
     
    Topics Discussed in This Episode:
    What Sophia would tell organizations about starting their planning for 2021 The importance of engaging imagery How to prepare in advance Communication cadence and frequency Strategy and segmentation How to improve past GivingTuesday performance Setting attainable goals Thanking your donors  
    Resources:
    Sophia Latto
    Blackbaud's GivingTuesday Toolkit
     
    Quotes: 
    “It’s important to connect a personal story about real people with your impact for GivingTuesday.”
    “I always think of GivingTuesday as being the kickoff to end of year fundraising.”
    “Keeping it simple will help you keep everything streamlined.”
    “Think in terms of engagement and build that relationship and that goodwill with your constituents before you hit them with hard asks.”

    • 23 min
    Episode 204: Change Burnout vs. Change Management

    Episode 204: Change Burnout vs. Change Management

    Over the past year and several months, change has been one of the few constants you can count on. Of course, change always happens eventually, but recently, everyone has been in a period of greater amounts of change than usual – and people are beginning to get fatigued. How can you prevent change burnout in your organization? By implementing change management.
    In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Melissa Rancour, Principal Instructional Designer at Blackbaud University about why it’s important to talk about change management, the importance of the questions that need to be asked about change and what order to ask them in, and what to do with the questions once you know them.
     
    Topics Discussed in This Episode:
    Why it’s important to talk about change management Why you need to do some change preparation How to make change less exhausting The right questions to ask about change Why the order of questions is important What to do with the questions once you have them Whether change management needs to be done with every change  
    Resources:
    Melissa Rancour
     
    Quotes: 
    “All those changes we’ve experienced over the last 14+ months, most of those have been quick changes with no prep. Change management means we need some prep.”
    “If you go through the questions process it can help you know if that change is going to ripple into a bigger change.” 
    “It’s because “what” impacts “when” something can happen.”

    • 12 min

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