At Astellas, we’re committed to giving back and making a difference.
For National Volunteer Week, we’re celebrating the thousands of Astellas employees who donated more than 22,000 hours of their time in 2018 through our Changing Tomorrow Day and Take A Day initiatives. Our employees supported our community partners by knitting scarves for heart disease patients, preparing meals, assembling cancer care packages, and so much more.
In this issue: A spotlight on women in leadership, new podcast episodes, cross-sector partnerships at work, and more!
In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 7-13), we've been sharing some of our favorite volunteer stories from throughout the year. Follow us on Twitter @CommonImpact to join the conversation and tag us in some of your favorite volunteer moments! We’re also using the occasion to spotlight women in leadership. Research tells us that the specific leadership qualities that are naturally strong in women lead to more holistic, thoughtful, engaged and effective leadership.
How Charles Schwab turned Volunteer Week into a cultural movement
Schwab Volunteer Week has become a key part of Charles Schwab’s culture. What started as one day of volunteering in seven cities has quickly spread to 170 communities, engaging nearly 7,000 employees and supporting 300 nonprofits across the country.
How did they create that kind of scale with a small team? And how is it helping them create greater impact all year round? Amanda Lenaghan, Senior Program Manager at Charles Schwab, shares her secrets to success in this blog.
Common Impact has designed hundreds of meaningful skills-based volunteer partnerships over the years, and has watched them sustain far past the individual projects that initially bring business and nonprofit professionals together. Along the way, we’ve asked ourselves a few questions.
What makes some skills-based engagements work better than others?
When do we see partnerships move from transactional to transformational?
American Express funds much-needed volunteer efforts in national parks
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2018 /3BL Media/ -In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the National Park Foundation and American Express are announcing seven grants supporting volunteer capacity-building efforts at national parks across the country. Designed to support the growth of park volunteer programs, projects funded by the grants include expansion of volunteer housing space, development of recruitment handbooks, and outreach to neighboring communities.
I had the exciting opportunity to interview Nancy Merritt and Tim Lavallee of WakeEd Partnership (WakeEd), a nonprofit organization in Raleigh, North Carolina that engages, informs, and mobilizes the business community and community-at-large in collaboration with the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) to provide every student with excellent educational opportunities, highly effective teachers, and strong leaders.