Those seeking to make a real philanthropic difference should consider joining a major company with a solid corporate social responsibility program, said Stanley S. Litow, vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs at IBM and president of the IBM Foundation, at the Yale Philanthropy Conference on February 12. Major businesses and corporations like IBM are able to leverage their considerable assets for social good in a way that individuals and smaller organizations are not, he said.
Litow gave a keynote talk at the daylong student-run event, which convened leaders of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, as well as consultants and individuals in the field of corporate social responsibility, from across the country.
“By integrating your citizenship program into your business strategy,” Litow said, “by figuring out what is it that your company can do that can make the largest amount of difference—whether it’s [by leveraging] technology or talent—and by doing it in a way that doesn’t segment the problem, that creates public-private partnership, that understands the role of government, the role of civil society, and comes up with solutions in an integrated way, that’s the way you make a real difference in the community; that’s the way you build the skills and ability of your leaders; and that’s the way you make a real difference in society.”
The conference also featured an address by Clara Miller, president and CEO of the F.B. Heron Foundation; lectures by Brian Walsh, head of corporate impact at Liquidnet, and Dean Karlan, professor of economics at Yale University and founder of Innovation for Poverty Action and ImpactMatters; and panels on organizational change, systems thinking, and innovation.
About the Event
The Yale Philanthropy Conference is one of the premier philanthropy conferences in the country, and as the only one organized by a top-tier business school, the Yale School of Management, it provides a unique and critical perspective on challenging management issues facing the field. The Yale Philanthropy Conference (YPC) was founded in 2005. The 2016 conference is focused on “Fostering Ecosystems of Change.” YPC is a great opportunity to network and stay on top of the most important trends in the sector; last year, more than 80 grantmakers and 200 organizations were represented.
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