Engaging the Corporate
Sector in Smart
Partnerships
Emily Rothberg, Corporate Citizenship Executive/Nonprofit Steward
2014...
Engaging The Corporate Sector in
Smart Partnerships
Nonprofit Empowerment Conference
June 3, 2014
I. Objectives & Introductions
II. Drivers and Trends in Corporate Philanthropy (Emily)
III. Smart Partnership "Do's" & "Do...
Engage Businesses Where The Drivers Are
• Marketplace Drivers:
– Enhance brand positioning
– Build political capital & mit...
Evolving Corporate Philanthropy Mindset
Classic Approach Leading Approach
• Charity • Investment
• Organizations • Issues
...
Smart Partnerships:
What do they Require?
SMART PARTNERSHIPS: Strategic, mutually-beneficial
investment of resources for m...
Smart Partnerships:
How do you Get Your Foot in the Door?
• Spew. . . Do not ramble on and tell me way more than I have an...
Smart Partnerships:
How do you Get Your Foot in the Door?
• Know your Audience. . . Do your homework and know who
funds wh...
Now that the door is open. . .
• Be Succinct (it bears repeating): What need does your organization address
and why?
• Be ...
Questions?
8
Session Presenters
Emily Rothberg
Corporate Citizenship &
Nonprofit Advancement
Leanne Posko
Senior Manager for
Community ...
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Engaging the Corporate Sector in Smart Partnerships

  1. 1. Engaging the Corporate Sector in Smart Partnerships Emily Rothberg, Corporate Citizenship Executive/Nonprofit Steward 2014 Nonprofit Empowerment Summit Giving It Our All! Leanne Posko, Senior Manager, Community Affairs Capital One
  2. 2. Engaging The Corporate Sector in Smart Partnerships Nonprofit Empowerment Conference June 3, 2014
  3. 3. I. Objectives & Introductions II. Drivers and Trends in Corporate Philanthropy (Emily) III. Smart Partnership "Do's" & "Don'ts" (Leanne) Agenda 1
  4. 4. Engage Businesses Where The Drivers Are • Marketplace Drivers: – Enhance brand positioning – Build political capital & mitigate risk – Create & deepen relationships with buyers and "3rd-party recommenders" • Talent Drivers: – Increase recruitment and retention of employees – Develop business and leadership skills of employees – Advance diversity and inclusion initiatives • Corporate Culture Shift: – CSR is becoming table stakes for internal & external stakeholders. – Societal impact is the ultimate outcome & credibility factor – Triple bottom line = multiplier for businesses, nonprofits and society 2
  5. 5. Evolving Corporate Philanthropy Mindset Classic Approach Leading Approach • Charity • Investment • Organizations • Issues • Transaction • Relationship • One-off/Isolated • Aligned/Integrated • Reactive • Proactive • Needs • Outcomes (ROI & Accountability) • Short Term • Long Term • Values • Value Creation 3 Reality is …. even leading companies do combination
  6. 6. Smart Partnerships: What do they Require? SMART PARTNERSHIPS: Strategic, mutually-beneficial investment of resources for meaningful results & impact • Meaningful Engagement – Beyond cash • Nimble & Innovative Partners – We’re in this together • Accountability – Measuring and reporting on outcomes • Compelling Stories & "So what?!" Results – What value are you creating? • Solutions – Beyond goodie bags Reality is …. even leading companies figuring out HOW?! 4
  7. 7. Smart Partnerships: How do you Get Your Foot in the Door? • Spew. . . Do not ramble on and tell me way more than I have any interest in knowing – I will MEGO* on you • Spam . . . Do not put me on your e-mail distribution list, or send me multiple emails – I’ll add you to my Spam blocker • Slaughter. . . Killing trees by sending me annual reports, large brochures, or unsolicited proposals – It won't get my attention • Stalk. . . Know the lines between assertive, aggressive and annoying –I know it when I see it, and I don’t like it • Slink. . . All requests eventually find their way back to my desk – In the end you can’t end run me 5 * My Eyes Glaze Over DON’Ts (The "S" List)
  8. 8. Smart Partnerships: How do you Get Your Foot in the Door? • Know your Audience. . . Do your homework and know who funds what • Associate. . . Network at events and with organizations where corporate philanthropy leaders and staff are likely to be involved • Adapt and Allow. . . the relationship to develop. Be patient. • Always be Succinct…Be on message, and listen • Ask questions. . . So that we can get to know each other. It might even open up an opportunity to Assist with one of our current challenges • Be Authentic. . . Authenticity and transparency are key building blocks to a great relationship 6 DO’s (The “A" List)
  9. 9. Now that the door is open. . . • Be Succinct (it bears repeating): What need does your organization address and why? • Be Up Front: About your organization’s short-term and long-term needs. Ask for what you really need (don't try to guess at what I'm thinking) • Seek Diverse & Creative Opportunities to Engage with Us: Leverage ALL of our assets ($ and talent). We are more than just a sponsorship! • Start slowly and Test the Waters: Remember this is just a first date! • Be Patient: Trust-building takes time, and is a two-way street. • Demonstrate Impact and Results: Use third-party validation especially where company's stakeholders are involved • Be Good Stewards: Thank and recognize your supporters credibly! 7
  10. 10. Questions? 8
  11. 11. Session Presenters Emily Rothberg Corporate Citizenship & Nonprofit Advancement Leanne Posko Senior Manager for Community Affairs, Capital One 9

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