It’s that time of year again! Realized Worth presents all the best CSR and corporate volunteering conferences of 2015. This list is limited to those events that address the niche issues facing CSR practitioners; you’ll notice that all-inclusive conferences on general issues such as sustainability are not included. If you’d like to list those events or any CSR and employee volunteering events we missed, please do so in the comments section! Also, connect with us on Twitter or Facebook and send us a note and tell us where you’ll be – we’d love to say hello.
2015 Corporate Volunteering Conferences
Benevity users only
If you’re a Benevity user, this conference is a must! Last year, Realized Worth had the opportunity to attend and it was one of the best events of the year. We were amazed at what a difference it makes when like-minded people looking for similar solutions comes together to learn and brainstorm. And if you’re in the market for a new workplace giving platform, Benevity may be right for you. You can check out their website at www.benevity.com.
Miami is the place to be this winter! Sponsorium will welcome corporate representatives from across the globe to present and discuss case studies, best practices, practical workshops and, for the third year in a row, the Sponsorium community investment award! If you’re attending this event, let us know! Realized Worth’s own Chris Jarvis will be presenting and co-founder Angela Parker will moderate a panel. You can learn more about Sponsorium and their online community investment management software at www.sponsor.com.
20.000 HUF for corporations (About $75)
10.000 HUF for NGOs (About $35)
Realized Worth is honored to join the National Volunteer Centre this February in Hungary! This interactive conference will bring together both foreign and domestic partners to discuss pro bono best practices, creative ideas for innovation, and limitations to the pro bono landscape. To stay up to date on the discussion, follow the conference’s Facebook page here. Just click on “see translation” for the english version of posts.
February 23, 2015
Time Warner Headquarters, New York, NY
Not being a CEO of a large company myself, I haven’t personally attended this event. However, Forbes gives it a pretty incredible review, calling it one of the top three “power player” events for CEOs. This is a half-day, closed-door networking discussion, limited to 50 leading global CEOs. The event provides the opportunity for peers to discuss purpose-driven solutions to business challenges. Sounds like a great day – let us know if you’re one of the lucky invitees!
February 25-27, 2015
If you’re attending this event, we hope to see you there! The Global Pro Bono Summit is the annual gathering of leaders from across sectors and professions with a shared vision to make the talents and skills of the business community accessible to organizations serving our collective good. We’ll look for updates following the event and share the knowledge gained from the impressive group of presenters and attendees.
March 8-11, 2015
Hilton Downtown, Nashville, TN
ACCP develops corporate leaders who integrate philanthropy in their business goals while creating social impact. This year’s conference will help practitioners achieve the greatest impact with the resources they have, even when those resources don’t feel like enough. Join ACCP in Nashville and harness the collective creativity and energy of the profession to take your programs further than you imagined.
March 23-25, 2015
Crowne Plaza Manhattan, Times Square, New York, NY
Fall Summit Registration (early bird): $495
One Day Registration (same price for every day of the summit): $350
The Annual Charities@Work Summit gets better every year, and it doesn’t hurt that our very own Chris Jarvis once again has the privilege of acting as emcee. 2015 is the Summit’s 14th year and will focus exclusively on the future of employee engagement. Attendees will interact with speakers from a variety of backgrounds, professions, and fields, all aiming to deliver key strategies for making employee engagement matter. Work teams, hands-on volunteering, peer-to-peer conversations, engagement labs and engagement tools are sure to make the 2015 Summit the most engaging one of the year. Read the article we wrote last week for a few more details on this event.
April 9-22, 2015
The Biltmore Hotel, Miami, FL
Registration fee (before March 6): $1,300-2,225
HR, employee engagement, and community impact have become inseparable corporate priorities. The 2015 HRPS Annual Conference will help you link theory and practice while providing proven, real-world strategies to take back to your business. Learn how industry leaders are addressing top business challenges by managing rapid change, analyzing big data, increasing mindfulness, and more.
April 19-21, 2015
Hilton, Austin, TX
Early Bird (Member): $1,495
Early Bird (Non-member): $1,795
Regular (Member): $1,995
Regular (Non-member): $2,295
It’s been a couple years since RW has been able to schedule the BCCC conference, but we love this one for the incredible opportunity to spend time with all of our CSR friends. Everyone in the field attends this event to hear peers, learn about best practices, and learn how to execute meaningful corporate citizenship visions. This is an inspiring event with great people and – let’s just admit it – really great food. You’ll walk away with new friends and new tools to go back to the office motivated and energized.
April 23-24, 2015
If the fact that this conference is taking place in Croatia is not enough motivation to attend, Realized Worth can attest to the incredible work of the organizing agency, the European Volunteer Centre (CEV). CEV is a European network of over 80 national, regional and local volunteer centres and volunteer support agencies across Europe. Together, these organizations promote and support volunteering through advocacy, knowledge sharing, capacity building and training. The conference will provide opportunities for participants to gain insight into innovative and new approaches to volunteer management, as well as into the role of volunteer centres in the volunteering development and community as a whole. A maximum of 100 participants are expected to attend. If you have employees in Europe who manage volunteers, send them to this event! We promise it will be worth the time and expense.
April 24-28, 2015
Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA
Early Bird (Member): $1,000
Early Bird (Non-member): $1,200
Regular (Member): $1,400
Regular (Non-member): $1,600
At the Council on Foundations’ Annual Meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with global leaders from across philanthropy to develop the ideas and strategies that will shape the future. The conference addresses some of today’s most pressing issues with industry thought leaders, decision makers, senior program staff and foundation trustees.! The 2015 Annual Meeting promises to be the premier forum for the discussion of strategic ideas driving the field of philanthropy. Over 60 organizations will attend and share their expertise in “Council Central” with over 1,100 of the leading decision makers representing family, corporate, and community foundations.
May 13-14, 2015
The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Early Bird (Member): $500-1,000
Early Bird (Non-Member): $650-1,300
This conference is mainly focused on sustainability issues, but RW has found it helpful for related challenges as well. Ceres takes their commitment to sustainability seriously, evidenced by the “green” packaging at the event and refreshments provided by environmentally friendly local businesses. Each year the Ceres Conference brings together more than 600 corporate sustainability leaders, the country’s largest institutional investors, and leading social and environmental advocates to mobilize action on the world’s most significant sustainability challenges.
May 19-21, 2015
New York, NY
“This event is limited to representatives from CECP-affiliated companies. There is no cost to register.”
If you’re not already affiliated with CECP, we recommend looking into membership. This is the same organization that puts out the incredible Giving in Numbers report each year – research that we use at Realized Worth on nearly a daily basis. At the annual summit, CECP shares cutting-edge research, provides the opportunity to hear the CEO perspective in panel discussions, and features keynote speakers such as President Bill Clinton, General Colin L. Powell (Ret.), Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School, and Anthony Wilder Miller, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education. We hope you can attend.
May 27-28, 2015
JW Marriott, Chicago, IL
David Hessekial and Megan Strand have been putting on this stellar event for years. In fact, in 2014 they put on the first Canadian iteration of the Cause Marketing Forum and it was a massive hit! We look forward to joining David and Megan this year and are already eager to see so many of our CSR friends who are planning to attend. Similarly to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship conference, the Cause Marketing Forum promises incredible networking, great insight into the field, and inspiration for those days when the gig gets a little tough. We hope to see you there!
September 8-9, 2015
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
NCVO and VSSN Members
Early Bird: £ 260
Regular: £ 290
Early Bird: £ 347
Regular: £ 376
If you’re in the UK or can make an excuse to cross the pond this fall, this is the primary UK conference for the voluntary sector and volunteering research community. The conference brings together academics, practitioners, and policy makers with a shared interest in the voluntary sector and volunteering. There’s also a special session taking place for “new” researchers, so students and researchers who want to shift their focus should definitely attend.
October 5-7, 2015
Details about this year’s conference are yet to be posted, but the Chamber consistently provides insightful resources and valuable networking at its annual events. The Chamber’s Corporate Citizenship Center is known as a leading resource for businesses dedicated to making a difference. For more than 10 years, the Chamber’s programs, events, research, and relationships with key NGO and governments have helped businesses as they work to make the world a better place.
October 6-8, 2015
Registration Fee: $1,995
It’s a pricey one, but it’s a lot of fun! The SB community started the “New Metrics” conversation in 2011 and began working toward translating environmental and social impacts into corporate financial performance indicators. This is the kind of measurement we’ve all been looking for! We look forward to hearing the insights presented at this year’s conference which promises impressive speakers, inspiring attendees, and great information.
And if you can’t make it to the SB event in Boston, don’t fret – there are multiple events around the globe to choose from. Fees and further details can be found on the SB website.
- March 18-19, 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
- April 27-28, 2015, Barcelona, Spain
- May 26-27, 2015, Istanbul, Turkey
- June 1-4, 2015, San Diego, CA
- August 25-27, 2015, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
- September, 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- October 12-13, 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Sustainable Brands® events were founded on the belief that unleashing the best of our human ingenuity and innovation can change the shape of business, and with it, the world. Connect with professionals from different perspectives and disciplines in an optimistic, collaborative environment, and create a shared vision of what is possible. Attend an upcoming event and learn more about our past events by watching video highlights.”
October 19-21, 2015
Fees range from $300-700
Click here for details.
Like the Boston College and Charities@Work event, the annual Points of Light (POL) Conference is an incredible place to meet and reunite with all your favorite people in the field. This year’s conference will mark the 25th anniversary of POL, now the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. Points of Light was founded by President George H. W. Bush in 1990 to encourage all citizens to engage in volunteer service. President Bush’s son Neil chairs the Points of Light board. This year, the conference presents multiple tracks to appeal to all types and sectors. Extensive details can be found at the website.
October 27-29, 2015
Realized Worth has not had the opportunity to attend this event, but we’re impressed by the topics plus the speakers and attendees they’ve welcomed in the past. IS Conference is an opportunity for people from across the nonprofit and philanthropic community to examine pressing issues facing our organizations and the communities we serve. The conference uses innovative formats to draw on
the expertise of staff and board members from nonprofits, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs. If you attend, let us know how it goes!
November 5-7, 2015
No price yet, but sign up here to receive details as soon as they’re posted.
One of these days, RW will make it to this event. We love Net Impact and the work they do – and we love Seattle! This event is the leading forum for students and professionals who want to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. If you are a millennial, you’re recruiting millennials, or you work with millennials, attend this event! In addition to the 10 conference tracks, 100 sessions, and 300 speakers, each Net Impact Conference offers a whole host of special events, including networking opportunities, boot camps, offsite business tours, and impact workshops.
November 16-18, 2015
Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA
Early bird: 250 €
The IARSLCE annual research conference is targeted to scholars, practitioners, students, and community partners interested in research on service learning, community based research, campus community partnerships, and civic learning outcomes in P-20 education. Attendees include faculty, administrators, and scholar-practitioners in higher education, community partners, educators in K-12, and professionals and leaders in educational policy and community development.
Free for VolunteerMatch clients
Price TBA for non clients
Day 1: VolunteerMatch Summit – Open to leaders in CSR and employee engagement fields, as well as nonprofit leaders
Day 2: VolunteerMatch Client Summit – Invite only
We love the team over at VolunteerMatch and we are so impressed at the new approach they’re taking to this year’s conference! Rather than keeping the nonprofit and corporate tracks separate, this event will bring these groups together, enabling the collaboration that will empower positive social change. The 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit is the realization of the online VolunteerMatch ecosystem, in which companies, nonprofits, and volunteers come together to connect and learn how we can truly make a difference.
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