SAP and the Sharks Foundation are participating in a $25 million fundraising effort to support the future of healthcare for women and children in Silicon Valley.
SAP, the Sharks Foundation, the Rademakers Family, and FIRST 5 Santa Clara County have committed $5.75 million in seed funding to create a Women and Children’s Center (WCC) at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC).
A $750,000 gift from SAP and the Sharks Foundation will sponsor the Pediatric Unit, located on the fifth floor of the WCC.
Having just released the latest research on employee engagement and corporate–nonprofit partnerships, we’ve been reflecting on how corporate giving and workplace giving, both time honored traditions, are changing.
I had a conversation with a family member recently when asking him if he "gives at the office." He stated that he does not participate in their company's workplace giving program. When I asked why, he explained, "My small dollars won't make a difference and besides, we can't select the charity we want to give to." I gave him some advice to take back to his employer that will hopefully change their outlook on their program.
So what do you do when your corporate-nonprofit relationship isn't working? Perhaps you were overcommitting or they were overcommitting and certain deliverables aren't being delivered, or aren't what you expected. Or maybe this is one of those "learn and build" situations where you learn this lesson and use it to improve your relationship moving forward. Or maybe, it's just not a good fit and both parties need to stop forcing the relationship.
Perla Ni is CEO and Founder of Greatnonprofits.org, the largest nonprofit review site (think Yelp for nonprofits). Donors and investors want to know that their money is put to good use. But simply measuring overhead ratios does not give the full story. Instead you need to understand the impact on the ground the nonprofit is making; and that you can get from a holistic 360 view that GreatNonprofits allows for this 360 feedback in the form of constituent reviews because often the person receiving the service is best able to relay impact.
Nonprofits need to have a strategic plan and, more than ever, need to share and market that strategic plan with potential corporate funders and partners. If you have a strategic plan, don't put it on the shelf - market it!