Agenda

You’ll find inspiring keynotes; peer-led sessions; dedicated networking opportunities (with a twist of Goodness); sessions curated by topic, program maturity and focus area; the most anticipated celebration of the year — the Goodie Awards — and more.

This is the full, in-person agenda (with lots more info to be added in the coming weeks!). Sessions marked with a pink dot are available to online attendees.

All session times are PDT.

  • Tuesday, May 9
  • Wednesday, May 10
  • Thursday, May 11
  • Friday, May 12
  • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Registration Open
    2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Workshops DETAILS

    *Available exclusively to All-Access Pass holders*

    Join us for hands-on workshops to start the conference off right (session topics coming in January)! Choose one workshop, and in a single afternoon you’ll learn valuable best practices, build strategies and create action plans you can put to work when you’re back at your desk. Registration to select your workshop will begin one week prior.

    Interested in upgrading your pass to attend one of these workshops? Email benevitylive@benevity.com.

    Building a Best-in-Class Volunteering Program

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    Focus Area: Employee Engagement

    Discover approaches to unleash the power of volunteering for your people and the communities they serve. 
      
    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

    •    Source relevant volunteer opportunities globally.   

    •    Create a 12-month volunteer program plan incorporating key awareness dates and National Volunteer Week.

    •    Build a location-based network of employee ambassadors to champion your program.  

    •    Inspire more volunteering at your company.

    Takeaway: An actionable program strategy that’s designed to increase volunteer participation. 

    Taking Your Program Participation to the Next Level

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    Focus Area: Employee Engagement (Spark)

    When it comes to participation, less is not more. More is more. Inspire more people to take more action to create even more impact for the causes they care about.
      
    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

    •    Use your program data to identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth.

    •    Get best practices and brainstorm strategies to increase participation across your company.

    •    Leverage Benevity’s off-the-shelf tools and resources to make execution easier.

    Takeaway: A 12-month plan that’s designed to increase program interest and participation. 

    *Laptop required

    Aligning Your ERG and CSR Programs

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    Focus Area: Employee Engagement 

    Leverage your greatest resource — your passionate employees — to influence employee engagement and DEI.    

    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:  

    •    Set goals and objectives that align your ERG and CSR programs.

    •    Identify the best opportunities to collaborate with ERGs.  

    •    Build successful ERG partnerships that are mutually beneficial for your people, your communities and your company.

    Takeaway: A clear plan that helps you connect your ERG and CSR programs. 

    Leveling Up Your Program Communications

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    Focus Area: Employee Engagement 

    Learn how to communicate like a pro to drive more awareness of your initiatives, encourage participation and achieve your program goals.

    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

    •    Leverage an intuitive communications framework.

    •    Build an effective communications plan that drives more program awareness.

    •    Integrate useful marketing tools, resources, tips and templates in your program.

    Takeaway: A 12-month communication plan for your own program that focuses on reach and frequency. 

    Designing and Optimizing Your Granting Program

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    Focus Area: Community Investment 

    Create an effective granting program that’s inclusive and impactful by using the right strategy, establishing partnerships and showing value.  

    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

    •    Build a results-driven granting strategy.

    •    Develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

    •    Measure success and show the value of your granting program.  

    Takeaway: A blueprint on how to build a granting program that maximizes impact.

    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Benevity Live! for First-Timers: Meet Your Buddy DETAILS

    Is this your first time? Learn how to get the most out of your Benevity Live! experience. Plus, meet your buddy, who’ll show you the ropes!

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome Reception Infused With Goodness DETAILS

    Let’s come together under the palm trees to enjoy some drinks and locally inspired food, make connections and support a local nonprofit.

    7:00 AM – 7:45 AM Wellness Mixer
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
    9:00 AM – 9:30 AM A Big Benevity Welcome DETAILS
    A Big Benevity Welcome
    Kelly-Square_1

    Join Benevity’s CEO, Kelly Schmitt, for a look at the impact our clients created in the last year, and a sneak peek at what’s ahead.

    Bio

    9:30 AM – 10:00 AM The State of Corporate Purpose DETAILS
    The State of Corporate Purpose
    Sona-Khsola-Headshot-square_0

    Benevity’s Chief Impact Officer, Sona Khosla, will unveil the trends and insights from the 2023 State of Corporate Purpose report. 

    Bio

    10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Opening Keynote with Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore DETAILS
    Opening Keynote with Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore
    Gore-Headshot

    Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is an environmentalist and Chair of Generation Investment Management and was a recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize alongside the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for his work to raise awareness of the climate crisis. More information to come on his keynote session for Benevity Live!

    Bio

    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Networking Break and Virtual Techspert Connections
    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Networking Break, Inspiration Theater and More
    11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Open Space Pitch Session DETAILS

    Pitch your idea for a session and get on the agenda. We’ll be populating in real time!  

    Open Space is your opportunity to make meaningful connections with kindred spirits who share your goals or challenges. 

    12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch and Inspiration Theater
    1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Open Space Selection DETAILS

    Inspired by the morning’s pitches? Pick the session that speaks to you and head there for the first of two blocks! 

    2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Open Space, Peer Meet-Up Groups and Meet a Techspert DETAILS

    These sessions are nominated and hosted by you and your peers.

    2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Networking Break and Virtual Techspert Connections
    2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Networking Break, Inspiration Theater and More
    3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Open Space, Peer-to-Peer Meet-Ups and Meet a Techspert DETAILS

    These sessions are nominated and hosted by you and your peers.

    4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Networking Break and Virtual Techspert Connections
    4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Networking Break, Inspiration Theater and More
    4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Open Space Shareback DETAILS

    What was your biggest learning? Your biggest aha moment? Join the group to share your takeaways from the conversations in Open Space. 

    5:30 PM Open Evening
    7:00 AM – 7:45 AM Wellness Mixer
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Panel or Keynote (more info coming soon!)
    10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Courageous Brands DETAILS

    Get a firsthand look at the specific (and unexpected!) things companies are doing to create more impact and bring their purpose to life. Hear from changemakers who have worked through executive alignment, helped their people find a sense of personal purpose and even engaged their consumers in creating more social impact.

    10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Networking Break and Virtual Techspert Connections
    10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Networking Break, Inspiration Theatre and More
    11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Cause Stories DETAILS

    We’ll hear from nonprofits on how they’re navigating the most pressing global challenges to continue making an impact.

    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch and Inspiration Theater
    1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Breakout Sessions DETAILS

    Whether you’re a seasoned purpose pro or just starting your journey, you’ll get the opportunity to dive deeper in breakout sessions. Hear from courageous brands representing a mix of industries and company sizes who have “been there, done that.” Learn their strategies for powering purpose, increasing engagement and finding new ways to grow their impact.

    One breakout session will be available to the online audience.

    2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Networking Break and Virtual Techspert Connections
    2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Networking Break, Inspiration Theatre and More
    2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Breakout Sessions DETAILS

    Whether you’re a seasoned purpose pro or just starting your journey, you’ll get the opportunity to dive deeper in breakout sessions. Hear from courageous brands representing a mix of industries and company sizes who have “been there, done that.” Learn their strategies for powering purpose, increasing engagement and finding new ways to grow their impact.

    One breakout session will be available to the online audience.

    3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Networking Break and Virtual Techspert Connections
    3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Networking Break, Inspiration Theatre and More
    4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Breakout Sessions DETAILS

    Whether you’re a seasoned purpose pro or just starting your journey, you’ll get the opportunity to dive deeper in breakout sessions. Hear from courageous brands representing a mix of industries and company sizes who have “been there, done that.” Learn their strategies for powering purpose, increasing engagement and finding new ways to grow their impact.

    One breakout session will be available to the online audience.

    6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Goodies Awards Gala + After-Party DETAILS

    A client once called the Goodies “The Academy Awards of Goodness” and we couldn’t agree more! Let’s celebrate outstanding companies and people who are changing the way we do good in the world and driving awe-inspiring impact.

    The awards ceremony will be available to the online audience.

    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Closing Keynote with Gitanjali Rao DETAILS
    Closing Keynote with Gitanjali Rao
    git

    Gitanjali Rao was recognized as America’s Top Young Scientist,  Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science in 2019 and TIME’s Top Young Innovator and TIME Kid of the Year. We’ll share more soon about what this young scientist will inspire us with at Benevity Live! 

    Bio

    10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break
    10:15 AM – 11:00 AM Product Breakouts DETAILS

    Let’s go deep with our product experts to see what’s new, what’s next and how you can leverage Benevity’s innovative solutions to scale while growing our overall impact.

    One breakout will be available to the online audience.

    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Networking Break and Virtual Techspert Connections
    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Networking Break, Inspiration Theatre and More
    11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Product Breakouts DETAILS

    Let’s go deep with our product experts to see what’s new, what’s next and how you can leverage Benevity’s innovative solutions to scale while growing our overall impact.

    One breakout will be available to the online audience.

    12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Break and Virtual Techspert Connections
    12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Break, Inspiration Theatre and More

    This is the full, in-person agenda. Sessions marked with a pink dot are also available to online attendees. All session times are PDT.
     

    • Wednesday, June 1
    • Thursday, June 2
    • Friday, June 3
    Program Maturity
    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Content Focus
    Community Investment
    Employee Engagement
    Volunteering
    ESG
    Measurement
    ERG
    Reporting
    Global Programs
    Giving
    Missions
    Program Launch
    Grants
    Culture
    Causes
    Program Ideas
    Available Online
    11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Registration Open
    2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    All Access Pass Workshops

    Join us for a half day of hands-on workshops to start the conference off right! Choose one workshop, and in a single afternoon, you’ll glean valuable best practices, build tangible strategies and create action plans you can put to work when you’re back at your desk. (These are available exclusively with the All Access Pass. If you’re interested in upgrading your pass to attend one of these workshops, contact goodnessmatters@benevity.com.)

     

    Registration to select your workshop will begin in May.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Employee Engagement
    Community Investment
    Program Launch

    Pitch 101: Accelerate Your Idea Into Action!

    Even the most mature programs have opportunities for change. Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned pro, this workshop covers it all! Together we’ll look at proven ways to create a successful business case, pitch your program and manage all the change that comes with launching a new idea. By the end of our time together, you’ll have a clear understanding of how to create program goals that align with company goals and how to align your stakeholders so you can get to the good part — putting your plan into action!

    Bonus: You’ll walk away with resources and confidence to help accelerate your goals.

    Takeaways: You’ll understand how to get stakeholders aligned with your impact initiatives and why it needs to be a priority for your company.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Employee Engagement
    Giving
    Volunteering
    Missions
    From Recruitment to Retirement, How to Infuse Goodness into the Employee Journey

    Creating a purpose-driven culture is a journey that takes thoughtfulness, creativity and cross-company collaboration. In this workshop, you’ll work with other leaders in the Benevity client community to brainstorm ideas for making meaningful connections with your people along their employee journey — from recruitment all the way to retirement. You’ll leave this hands-on workshop with a solid action plan and a deep understanding of the existing Goodness levers you have at your fingertips, going beyond the usual approaches to giving, volunteering, matching, incentives, Missions and grants.

    Takeaways: You’ll walk away with a plan to engage employees across your company in every stage of their career.

     
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    Master Class: Building an Impactful and Engaging Internal Community Strategy

    Want the blueprint to creating a comprehensive internal community strategy that supports broader business goals, while bolstering your employee engagement, ESG and DEI efforts? In this hands-on workshop, Benevity’s community and ERG experts will share their insights and lead you through goal setting, stakeholder identification, measurement planning, communications tactics and more. You’ll walk out of the workshop with the framework and building blocks necessary to launch an amazing internal community. You’ll also be some of the first to see Benevity’s new ERG product and how it integrates with Spark!

    Takeaways: You’ll receive hand-outs to help you shape your ERG program.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Reporting
    Employee Engagement
    Measurement
    Take the Complexity out of CSR Analysis and Planning

    Forget analyzing data and sifting through piles of spreadsheets on your own — we’ll take you through Benevity’s data analytics and reporting software to help you transform complex data into trends and insights that deliver impact to your program and your company. We’ll also explore opportunities for improvements across a variety of data points, so you can optimize your program even further and tell a compelling story!

    Takeaways: A workbook and set of techniques to get insights from Spark data using Benevity Reporting.

    Be sure to bring: A laptop to follow along using your own environment in Benevity Reporting.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Program Launch
    Employee Engagement
    Communication Best Practices for Optimal Program & Campaign Success

    You’ve worked hard to set up a best-in-class employee engagement program to engage your people throughout the year. Don’t let a lack of program and campaign awareness hold you back from achieving your program’s true participation potential! This hands-on workshop will guide you through the basics of how to build an effective communications plan using an intuitive communications framework designed to drive awareness and participation success for your program. Learn the components of what makes up a great communications plan and why taking a 12-month calendar approach that focuses on communication reach and frequency can help you deliver better awareness outcomes for your program.

    Takeaways: You'll walk away with useful marketing tools, resources, tips, and templates you can use for your own program and have the opportunity to connect with your peers to share ideas.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    Global Programs
    Volunteering
    Developing a Best-in-Class Volunteering Program

    If your goal is to build a best-in-class volunteering program, this hands-on workshop is for you. We’ll guide you through the tactics of producing impactful campaigns at the global level. And, through action-oriented exercises, you’ll learn practical approaches to sourcing relevant opportunities within local communities of dispersed teams. You’ll leave the session with insights from leading companies on how you can build a network of ambassadors who can champion your program in their respective locations. You’ll also get an opportunity to learn from CSR pros who have implemented global programs, and get creative ideas to increase engagement.

    Takeaways: You’ll receive tips on adapting your program to a diverse, global audience.

    5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
    Goodness Matters for First-Timers: Meet Your GM Buddy

    Is this your first time at Goodness Matters? Join us for this session to get the inside scoop on how to get the most out of your GM experience, and meet your Goodness buddy, who’ll show you the ropes!

    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Welcome Reception Infused With Goodness

    Let’s come together under the palm trees to enjoy some cocktails and locally inspired food, make connections and support a local nonprofit.

    7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
    Yoga in the Park
    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Breakfast
    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    A Big Benevity Welcome

    Welcome to Goodness Matters 2022! Join Benevity's CEO Kelly Schmitt for an update on our community's incredible impact, and be some of the first to take a look at our vision for what's next in corporate purpose. Our Chief Impact Officer Sona Khosla will take you through the highlights from our State of Corporate Purpose Report, hot off the press for Goodness Matters! 

    10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Doing Well by Doing Good: How the “S” is Shaping Business Strategy in the Boardroom

    Have you ever experienced a moment that ended up shaping the course of your life or career? For Maya Chorengel, co-managing partner of TPG’s The Rise Fund and Benevity board member, it was trips to the Philippines to visit family that led her on the path to becoming an impact investing powerhouse. Seeing inequity firsthand stirred a passion, but how exactly did that fashion a career as a pioneer and leader in impact investing? Join Maya to hear her story, followed by a fireside chat about how “impact” is measured, and how we can truly deliver on the S in ESG. 

    11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    A Conversation with Jonathan Van Ness

    We’re kicking off Goodness Matters 2022 with curiosity, self-love and a healthy dose of optimism with Jonathan Van Ness – activist, co-star of Queer Eye, NYT best-selling author, and host of the Getting Curious podcast and Netflix series.

    Who better to share what true belonging feels like, living your truth and finding inspiration to make the world a better, more equitable place?

    We’ll chat about all of that, plus some gems of wisdom from their new book, Love That Story: Observations from a Gorgeously Queer Life. And hopefully we’ll all learn a little about how to practice self-care so we have more to give – both in life and throughout our corporate purpose journeys.

    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Lunch
    1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
    Measurement
    Community Investment
    Reporting

    Advancing Equity in Corporate Societal Engagement

    CSR professionals are at the center of corporate responses to the growing community needs and calls for racial justice that have arisen over the past two years.  As social impact leaders, their expertise and innovation has been critical in driving impact both within and outside their organizations during these extraordinary times. This session will draw from lessons learned through CECP's daily interactions with its 220+ companies and data from CECP's Giving in Numbers report to illuminate how commitments made in 2020 translated to action in 2021. We’ll revisit the compelling peer learnings from a partner-led Racial Equity Summit in 2020 that informed 10 concrete actions for companies to move promise to action and highlight examples of companies that have enacted high impact programs and initiatives. The session will close with insights on where corporations can continue to focus resources and intention to further advance this timely and important work.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Program Ideas
    Employee Engagement
    Admin Hacker: Self-Serve Tools for Greater Efficiency and Impact

    Want to learn how to use Spark to streamline your program management and onboard new employees faster? In this session, you’ll get proven strategies to help you bring more scale, automation and efficiency to your day-to-day program management. We’ll delve into the world of Spark and showcase all its innovative features available at your fingertips. Plus, we’ll walk through specific recommendations for streamlining and automating your existing CSR program so you get the most out of the platform.

    Beginners
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Community Investment
    Program Ideas
    Automate, Automate, Automate: Let Workflows Reduce Your Granting Workload

    Whether you’re granting locally, nationally or all over the world one challenge persists: managing your granting lifecycle! We’ll show you how the right tools and processes can boost your efficiency, so you can achieve all your goals and have peace of mind understanding the magic behind the scenes of automation. Together, we’ll determine if automation is right for your program, how to create an automation and how to leverage automation based on your existing application forms.

    Beginners
    Intermediate
    ERG
    Employee Engagement
    You Belong at UPS: Increasing Inclusion and Engagement With Business Resource Groups (BRGs)

    Despite a global pandemic, organization-wide transformation and a shift in the way we all show up at work, UPS’s BRG program has continued to thrive and provide a space for global inclusion and engagement. In this session, you’ll learn how the UPS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team helps BRGs drive growth, innovation and community impact.

    Beginners
    Intermediate
    Employee Engagement
    Volunteering
    Program Launch
    Program Ideas

    Build a Culture of Goodness through your CSR Program

    New to CSR or looking to deepen your understanding of how to run an industry-leading program? In this session, you’ll learn how to use your purpose program as a key business differentiator to attract, retain, and develop top talent. Join Benevity’s Aneil Rajaram and Isha Varma as they walk through the key principles of program design and ideas on how to infuse Goodness into each step of the employee journey, from onboarding new hires to creating regular engagement. Along the way, they'll share inspiring examples and tips from Benevity clients.

    2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

    Open Space, Peer-led Sessions

    Open Space is your opportunity to make meaningful connections with kindred spirits who share your goals or challenges. Jump into a conversation about a topic that resonates most with you — and then move on to the next topic whenever you’re ready.

    3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    3:30 p.m – 4:15 p.m.

    Open Space, Peer-led Sessions

    Open Space is your opportunity to make meaningful connections with kindred spirits who share your goals or challenges. Jump into a conversation about a topic that resonates most with you — and then move on to the next topic whenever you’re ready.

    ESG
    Measurement
    Reporting

    Show Me The Money – Growing Your CSR Budget

    The pandemic accelerated business trends in tech, work, entertainment, health, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Social pressures pushed companies to figure out how to respond to a new landscape in ways that empathized, propelled the brand forward, and had real impact. Everyone knows they must take their brands in a purposeful direction, but not that many know the pitfalls or dynamics of such a thing in their own companies.

    During this session, you will:

    • Learn how to work with colleagues from marketing, human resources, and operational departments to grow your social impact budget
    • Understand the needs of colleagues in these roles to set — and reach — everyone’s goals
    • See case studies of these topics in action
    4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m
    Open Space Reflections

    Did one (or all!) of your conversations during Open Space reframe the way you’ll approach one of your challenges? Do you want to hear great learnings from the other conversations you weren’t able to attend? Let’s get together and share our “aha” moments and insights.

    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    The Corporate Goodness Awards (aka the Goodies) Gala

    Get ready for one big night of inspiration and celebration as we recognize gamechangers in the Benevity client community who are boldly leading a new era of purpose.

    7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    Goodies Celebration Dinner and After Party

    7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
    Morning Wellness Walk
    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Breakfast
    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    The Rise of the Stakeholder

    If there’s one big headline we can all agree upon from the last couple of years, it’s the indisputable rise of the stakeholder. Businesses are shifting from focusing on shareholders to a much broader set of stakeholders, including employees and customers. Hearing from all stakeholders has many benefits, including culture co-creation, and inclusive organizational strategy and employee programs. This discussion will tackle the what and how of making the shift, bringing in the voice of employees and customers, and community boards or beneficiaries for grants. Panelists:
    Patrice Thramer, Nike
    Shannon Sinunu, Apple
    Aisha Thomas-Petit, AMC Networks 

    10:00 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
    Inspired-10s — Clients

    Get a firsthand look at the specific (and unexpected!) things companies are doing to create more impact and bring their purpose to life. Hear from changemakers who have worked through executive alignment, helped their people find a sense of personal purpose and even engaged their consumers in creating more social impact. Sharing their story:

    • Atlassian
    • Pfizer
    • CSAA
    10:35 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    11:05 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
    Inspired-10s — Causes

    We’ll hear from nonprofits about how they are navigating the most pressing global challenges to continue to make an impact. Sharing their story:

    • The Trevor Project
    • Count Us In
    11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Networking Lunch
    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    Measurement
    Community Investment
    ESG
    Reporting
    Grants
    Measuring the S in ESG

    With rising interest in ESG, more leaders are bringing enhanced focus, alignment and action to business aspects that used to be considered the realm of corporate social responsibility (CSR) or sustainability — but are now core to every company’s strategy. In this session, Jason will share with us the opportunity and importance of raising the bar on social impact measurement, creating better S data and addressing market demand.  He’ll be joined by Jane Moran, Benevity’s Chief Technology Officer, for a discussion on data, analytics and measuring your impact. 

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Volunteering
    Employee Engagement
    Rebuilding Community and Attracting New Volunteers

    When the pandemic launched us into a virtual world, LinkedIn’s Social Impact team found themselves struggling to engage new employees in their signature volunteer mentorship program: LinkedIn Coaches. Learn how they ignited internal community (and a sense of camaraderie!) while providing employee volunteers with the training needed to become valuable mentors to professionals facing barriers. Like a book club for creating impact, the refreshed community (called Coaches Crews) groups 5 to 10 employees under a Crew Leader to prepare for and take part in impactful volunteer events with colleagues from across the company.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Employee Engagement
    Volunteering
    Missions
    The Hybrid Future of Volunteering

    If you have a newly hybrid workforce, Discover has all the tips and ideas to help you revamp your volunteering program and engage everyone. They were quick to redefine volunteerism at the start of the pandemic, expanding their program to reward small Acts of Goodness and offering virtual, drive-through and socially distanced events. They also used Missions to promote social causes and matched participation points with volunteer rewards. The results? Overall participation grew 12% year over year, with 86% more people participating and 115% more volunteer hours tracked.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Giving
    Program Ideas
    Employee Engagement
    The Power of Letting Your Employees Lead

    How does one small shift in mindset lead to a 550% increase in employee donations? Just ask Twitter! For its first two years, the company’s employee giving program was seen as an extension of their corporate giving program a way for employees to support causes that mattered to Twitter. In 2020, they flipped that approach, so what mattered to Twitter’s people was what mattered to Twitter. Employees could now donate to causes they personally cared about and, as you can see, the results were pretty incredible.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    ERG
    Volunteering
    Reporting

    Activate Your Employees to Scale Your Impact

    PagerDuty wasted no time launching a 100% virtual volunteer program in May 2020, kicking off with a full week of 20 activities over five days and engaging 17 partners focused on advancing equity in our communities — all via Zoom. And it’s still going strong. They wrapped 2021 with 87% volunteer engagement, 5,200+ volunteer hours (nearly double from 2020) and partner-centric programs that leverage technical pro bono and skills-based volunteering. Learn how they did it through a combination of engaging ERGs and social impact champions, doubling down on reporting and reducing program friction.

    1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Community Investment
    Grants
    Volunteering
    Boldly Committing to Everyone You Serve

    The John Deere Foundation launched its Bold Commitments in March 2021, with plans to invest $200 million over the next 10 years to ensure all their stakeholders prosper. The funds will support their home communities, farmers and their greatest asset — their employees — through equitable access to resources and education, improved sustainability and employee volunteerism. Their vision for these integrated programs is to unlock economic, social and environmental value for everyone John Deere serves.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    Global Programs
    Giving
    Demystifying Global Program Expansion

    Prior to 2021, only U.S. employees had access to the Intel Foundation donation matching program, creating a sense of inequity among employees. Using inclusion as their North Star, Intel’s small team embarked on a journey to model a global program that delivered maximum impact with minimal administrative burden — and they did it! Within a year, they launched donation matching in every country where they have employees. Hear all about their wins, challenges and lessons learned along the road to success.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    Missions
    ERG
    The ERG Booster AAA Needed

    With service as a core value, AAA was proud to have benchmark-surpassing volunteer rates, but even they weren’t spared by the pandemic-induced engagement drop. Like all of us, they had to rethink everything. Enter ERGs + Missions. AAA leveraged ERG communities to share their passions with their coworkers and get them involved in easy, integrated ways — from Missions challenges to virtual volunteering events to customized giving opportunities. Learn how it led to increased participation across the board, with Missions participation up 116% and volunteering up 42% year over year.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Employee Engagement
    Program Launch
    Giving
    Volunteering
    Hootsuite for Good: Beating the Benchmarks 

    Within four months of launching their program in September 2021, Hootsuite was blowing Benevity benchmarks out of the water! Learn the tactics they used to accelerate their success — including increasing their matching limit by 10x during their first-ever HootMatch event. Plus, they’ll share tips on how they launched the program to their people in a way that got them excited and ready to participate.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Community Investment
    Grants
    Culture
    Sharing Power to Advance Impact: The Promise of Trust-Based Philanthropy

    While advancing opportunity and building thriving communities are values that drive many CSR programs, corporate philanthropy can sometimes work counter to these values by imposing restrictive, compliance-oriented practices on nonprofits. Trust-based philanthropy flips the script so that nonprofits have the agency and support they need to innovate, grow, and achieve impact. In this session we’ll explore what it looks like to embody trust-based philanthropy, and the benefits when grantmaking practitioners invest the time and energy to fully embrace this approach.  

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    ERG
    Employee Engagement
    Culture

    The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization 

    How do you feel about those who vote differently than you do? Surveys show that Americans have become more fearful and hateful of supporters of the opposing political party, and imagine that they hold much more extreme views than they actually do. In this session, Dr. Coleman explores the partisan divide in the U.S. and how conflict resolution and complexity science can provide guidance for dealing with seemingly intractable political differences.

    2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    ERG
    Employee Engagement
    Program Ideas
    Reinventing Employee Engagement With Benevity’s New ERG Product

    Employee resource groups (ERGs) are employee-led groups driving positive action and some of the world’s most successful companies rely on them to create a community of culture and belonging. Vital to DEI initiatives, ERGs often work hand in hand with CSR teams. In this session, we will introduce Benevity’s new ERG product and explain how it will empower your teams to come together in support of the issues that matter most to them. You’ll leave the session understanding the power of ERGs and how expanding your ERG program can boost your overall impact.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Grants
    ERG
    Volunteering
    Community Investment
    Engage, Educate and Empower for Equity

    In 2021, Excellus launched their Health Equity Awards to use their privilege and resources to create change. More than 150 nonprofits applied through Benevity for awards up to $30,000 each. And, since inclusivity was the goal, they shifted their application review to bring in their ERGs and clinical team. They gathered more inclusive feedback and selected 18 recipients, investing more than $388,000 in total. Excellus is now partnering with award recipients to engage employees in aligned volunteer opportunities and using PR to educate their communities on health disparities, the investment and its impact so far.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    Volunteering
    Skills-Based Is the New Volunteering

    With two years of crises still negatively affecting nonprofits globally, RBC stepped up their skills-based volunteering program to help employees and communities work together to find actionable solutions for long-term change. Partnering with their Leadership Development team and Taproot Foundation, they created a 12-week virtual program and four-day hackathon focused on BIPOC communities leveraging Benevity as their home base. The initiative brought together 275 global employee volunteers to provide $3.9 million in services to their charitable partners. Learn why and how they’re now exploring expanding the program even more.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Program Launch
    Volunteering
    Employee Engagement
    Global Programs
    All In, All Over the World

    How did Jacobs go from sporadic pockets of employee giving to major global activism? By upping their global game in a big way, expanding their program to include 55,000 employees in 39 countries and coming out of the gates with special matching, payroll giving, Missions, user-created content, exec support and the secret sauce — their worldwide Ambassador Network. Now, 18 months in, they have three grants workstreams, paid time off to volunteer, open matching and volunteer rewards, too. And it’s paying off. Learn how all of this led to three periods of participation growth and a best-in-class ambassador program.

    Beginner
    Employee Engagement
    Volunteering
    Giving
    Program Ideas

    Liberty Torchbearers:  Moving from Programs to a Culture

    Five years ago, Liberty Mutual Insurance ran two highly successful episodic employee engagement programs— Give with Liberty, an employee giving match program— and Serve with Liberty, corporate service days with curated projects around the globe. These programs were executed as separate efforts on two different platforms.  However, they did not reflect the broader cultural statement that Liberty was looking to make about its support of employees giving back to the communities they called home. With a commitment to building a best-in-class employee volunteering and giving program, Liberty Torchbearers was launched adding another program Volunteer with Liberty and three years ago moved the programs to a single platform. The Torchbearers’ identity offered a broader meaning linking the company’s values with a synergistic integrated employee engagement program that embodies Liberty Mutual values. Sylvia Stevens-Edouard will share this story and how Liberty Mutual continues to drive connection and inclusion as integral to culture and brand.

    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Culture
    Program Ideas

    Web3 101 and the Future of Good: The Blockchain’s Effect on Social Impact

    Wondering what is web3? What’s the deal with NFTs? What do tokens and blockchain actually do? This session provides an overview of web3's various elements including tokens, NFTs, decentralized finance, DAOs, blockchain and more. Then we dig into how these new technologies and digital assets can influence social impact now and into the future. Whether you already have a wallet with crypto, or you’re new to the space and ready to learn, you’ll walk away with some new nuggets of information!

    3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    Susan Cain: Embracing Bittersweet Moments as Fuel for Hope (Virtual)

    If you’ve ever wondered why you like sad music . . .
    If you find comfort or inspiration in a rainy day . . .
    If you react intensely to music, art, nature, and beauty . . .
    Then you probably identify with the bittersweet state of mind.
    It’s a tendency to states of longing, poignancy, and sorrow; an acute awareness of passing time; and a curiously piercing joy at the beauty of the world. It recognizes that light and dark, birth and death — bitter and sweet — are forever paired.

    Joining us online, New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Cain will share how she employs a mix of research, storytelling and memoir to explore why we experience sorrow and longing, and how embracing the bittersweetness at the heart of life is the true path to creativity, connection and transcendence.