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Archive: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Our leadership crisis: Where are the women?

In spite of Sarah Palin's prominence as best-selling author, Hillary Clinton's stature as Secretary of State, women hold only 18% of leadership positions across the board, according to our new "Benchmarks" report.

By Marie Wilson | November 20, 2009; 5:47 AM ET | Comments (46)

Venture capital over charity

Would the funds that go to philanthropy be better spent as venture capital to create new products and jobs? When it comes to creating public goods, the greatest corporate contributions are employment and good products.

By Michael Maccoby | November 19, 2009; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

The best of corporate philanthropy

As is the case with most leadership challenges, marshaling support in corporate philanthropy for investments that may not pay off until the long-term is the toughest task of all.

By Bill Shore | November 19, 2009; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Big cities, corporate solutions

The philanthropy that has served cities well in recent years is that which helps bring together government agencies, local charities and other groups to address hard-to-solve problems.

By Kurt Schmoke | November 18, 2009; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Defining corporate citizenship

One of the obligations of corporate citizenship is to provide philanthropic support for important "social goods" where neither the market nor the government do an adequate job.

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | November 18, 2009; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dividends of giving

Stock price mostly indicates past performance; it might not indicate where a company is going. Philanthropy, on the other hand, is very much about the future.

By Yash Gupta | November 17, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Getting our hands dirty

Today, employees and leaders want to be engaged--humanly engaged, peer-to-peer, with those whom we are helping.

By Barry Salzberg | November 17, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

What profit can't solve

Making social problems a business focus is great, but what happens when addressing social issues is no longer seen as profitable? We still need corporate philanthropy.

By Coro Fellows | November 17, 2009; 7:02 AM ET | Comments (4)

The biggest dollars

Rather than focusing a small percentage of revenue toward philanthropy, companies should be examining the impact of their product and how they spend the bigger dollars.

By Seth Goldman | November 17, 2009; 6:50 AM ET | Comments (33)

Too many chicken dinners

For corporations to be relevant in promoting social good, they should start with this question: "What would it look like for our company to exercise civic leadership?"

By Ed O'Malley | November 17, 2009; 6:44 AM ET | Comments (2)

'So long, sucker'

The behaviors of many big banks portends a return to an economy of risky behavior, where companies seem to salute no flag but their own corporate logo and worship no God but the almighty dollar.

By Andy Stern | November 17, 2009; 6:33 AM ET | Comments (16)

Milton Friedman's mistake

Thoughtful corporate philanthropy, like that practiced by Target, Wal Mart, Merck, Novartis, Exxon, Goldman Sachs and many other companies is capitalism at its best.

By Bill George | November 17, 2009; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Acid test of strategy

Sharp distinctions between how you do business and how you serve society, how you make money and how you make a contribution, are irrelevant.

By William C. Taylor | November 17, 2009; 6:11 AM ET | Comments (3)

Lending talent

Corporate philanthropy is not just about money, but about lending human talent and organizational capabilities not available elsewhere.

By Angel Cabrera | November 17, 2009; 6:06 AM ET | Comments (2)

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