Financing the pitch: Corporations pony up to help Indy land sports events
What’s in it for the individuals, organizations and companies that donate money to the efforts? Not typically tickets or advertising or big shout-outs. It’s civic pride more than anything else.
Colts’ Pete Ward: It’s ‘in our blood’ to be involved in big Indy events
The Colts are among the 50 companies that have donated money to the Indy Championships Fund to help bring three huge sports events to Indianapolis: the NCAA Tournament underway now, the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2022 and the NBA All-Star Game in 2024. But the Colts have done more than donate. Pete Ward, the team’s chief operating officer, is on the fund’s board as well as the board of the Indiana Sports Corp., which is coordinating the effort.
Legacy project brings refurbished court, library to Boys & Girls Club
The far-west-side club will also receive new basketballs and backpacks full of school supplies and Degree deodorant and antiperspirant products.
Biz leaders say focuses on neighborhoods results in more significant impact
Cummins isn’t alone in its neighborhood approach. Multiple Indianapolis companies are choosing to focus their philanthropy on a particular neighborhood as a way to make a greater impact.
Q&A: JPMorgan Chase’s Owen Washburn on boosting inclusive growth
Washburn oversees the company foundation’s grant-making strategy for Indianapolis as well as for Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Toronto. That means he’s looking for opportunities to translate the foundation’s larger goals into programs and strategies in those local communities.
Michael Kaltenmark: Working to enhance the vitality of Midtown, 38th Street
Through a Butler University program dubbed Bulldogs into The Streets—or BITS—more than 1,250 volunteers who contribute 3,750 hours worth nearly $100,000 descend on the school’s neighborhood for projects.
Nate Feltman: Businesses are the glue holding communities together
Thriving cities and states have one thing in common: a dynamic and diverse business sector with business leaders that are engaged in the civic life of the city and state
Companies are giving employees more say in how, when they volunteer
Experts in corporate social responsibility, or CSR, say such programs are at least in part driven by millennials in the workforce and are almost necessary today to attract and maintain top talent.
Josh Driver: 5 keys to an effective volunteer time-off program
Employees are not always fulfilled by their work. That can lead to expensive turnover, poor performance or disengagement. Empowering your staff to find purpose during work time creates loyalty to your company and helps fill the gaps their employment may not be creating at the moment.
Nate Feltman: Business community embraces volunteerism
Business leaders recognize today that they and their companies have the ability to positively impact their community through volunteerism efforts. Many see it as a responsibility.
Q&A with Tiffany Benjamin: Lilly’s efforts more than simply a day of service
“Our central focus as a company is always to make lives better. … It’s a value that is core to every single employee who works here. So if we can have programs that reinforce that we are a company that is focused on making lives better, then we are doing something that connects to our mission and reminds our employees what really matters to us as a company.”
Public Policy Advocacy
Top Indiana companies are increasingly weighing in on the key issues of the day
In recent years, some of Indiana’s biggest companies and trade organizations, including the Indiana Chamber and the Indy Chamber, have publicly voiced opinions on a variety of social issues, including pre-kindergarten funding, gay rights, mass transportation and higher cigarette taxes.
Connie Bond Stuart: Advocating for early education matters, both today and tomorrow
We tell our customers that the choices they make right now matter tomorrow. But these words would ring hollow if we didn’t live by them ourselves. I urge you to join us and advocate for those who do not have the opportunity or means to speak for themselves.
Q&A: What corporate responsibility is—and isn’t
IU Kelley School of Business professor Amrou Awaysheh says the term corporate social responsibility is often misunderstood. It’s not just philanthropy or volunteerism. It’s how companies treat their employees, how they interact with the environment, and the care they take with their supply chains.
Nate Feltman: New ‘Impact’ section focuses on role of business in community
A new section—titled “Impact Indiana, the intersection of business and community”—makes its debut in this week’s IBJ and will focus on the role businesses and their leaders play in public-policy advocacy, volunteerism and neighborhood development.