The 2012 Corporate Funders Seminar was held on May 24th
and was hosted by the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers (NCNG). This annual seminar is only one of the myriad
of networking and educational opportunities that the talented staff at NCNG
provide for member agencies throughout the year. This year’s seminar was well attended by a
variety of organizations comprised of Corporate and Community Foundations from
across the state of North Carolina. Lisa
Jones Christenson, Ph.D. and Carol Seagle, PH.D. from the Kenan Flagler
Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise presented a comprehensive
look at how to assess Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
The day was divided into two sessions. During the morning session attendees participated
in an exercise that allowed them to map out the stakeholders in their organizations
and to determine whether their results and their Stakeholders align. Time was spent analyzing why the Return on
Investment (ROI) is critical to Stakeholders and how this impacts grant
making. This exercise not only allowed
participants to calculate individual ROI and to map individual Stakeholders
during the session but also provided valuable tools for further research into this component that is critical to the
work of Foundations. The afternoon
session focused on benchmarking and strategic grant making. In addition to great training and valuable
resources, participants also enjoyed the added experience of networking with
peers from across the State. They were
able to ask questions, share scenarios and exchange contact information.
NCNG never fails to deliver great value to their
members. Please consider taking
advantage of future opportunities made available through NCNG.