In the past two years, we’ve seen the pandemic turn our lives upside down, the calls for social justice grow more urgent, our political system nearly crumble, and employee attrition reach unprecedented levels. People are overwhelmed, feeling lost, and rethinking their life choices. All of this has led to business leaders’ realization that they needed to do something — fast. They started asking what they could do that would engage employees, improve their own diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies, and improve their employees’ mental health and wellbeing.

The collaborative report looks at how employee resource groups can improve employee engagement, DEI, and attrition.

Employee Resource Groups

At the intersection of all these goals are employee resource groups (ERGs). ERGs, also often called affinity groups or business communities, provide ways for employees to connect with one another, bring up difficult topics — led by people with personal experience — and … Read more

Back in 2012, the founders of Giving Tuesday couldn’t have imagined just how impactful their initiative would be. Now, less than 10 years later, Giving Tuesday has grown into a global movement that has raised over $2 billion.

The annual day of giving has been especially critical over the last two years, with donations to nonprofits having increased during the pandemic. In 2020, individual giving in the U.S. remained high, particularly for end-of-year giving, which was higher than past years. Even through such a challenging time, a third of nonprofits report exceeding their fundraising goals in 2021 and 87% of respondents that invested in technology reported it as impactful.

With over 56,000 nonprofits in our community, we’ve seen how access to technology enabled organizations to adapt during the pandemic and reimagine their relationships with volunteers and donors. But while technology is an important tool to accelerate impact, nothing is … Read more

Alvin Toffler said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” At Salesforce.org, we believe that every student should be given the support and access they need to get the jobs they want, but they should also be empowered to become lifelong learners, develop new skills over time, and achieve their life purpose.

One of the key findings of the second edition of the Connected Student Report, was that student career pathways are top of mind. Students are increasingly looking toward higher education institutions to prepare them for careers, yet 31% of students report not getting good value from their institution, citing a lack of job and career prospects as a top reason. In addition, 57% of students say their institution does a fair or worse job of preparing them for job … Read more

By: Catherine Moore, Digital Transformation Practice Lead at Heller Consulting

Today’s higher education leaders are taking a strategic look at how they interact with supporters. They’re thinking beyond individual online interactions, and creating plans to deepen connections with their constituents and transform their advancement strategies in today’s digital world.

The idea of this type of digital transformation could seem lofty and intimidating. It might sound nice, but maybe it’s something you just don’t think you have the expertise to tackle. The truth is, digital transformation doesn’t happen all at once. By leveraging the power of Education Cloud for marketing and engagement, your advancement team can get started with digital transformation with these four steps.

By leveraging the power of Education Cloud for marketing and engagement, your advancement team can get started with digital transformation with four steps.

1. Rethink How You Thank Your Donors and Volunteers

Take generic thank you … Read more

This Thanksgiving, millions of Americans will once again sit down for a meal with family and friends, most of us feeling especially grateful to be together in person for the first time in many months. While the pandemic still grips the globe, eased travel restrictions and vaccinations allow us to gather together in celebration once more.

We will bow our heads in thanks.

But we need to do more than simply give thanks.

A few years back, I had the opportunity to meet with Barbara Pierce Bush Coyne, who co-founded Global Health Corps. We talked about a lesson she learned from her grandfather, President George H.W. Bush: Each day, think of three things you’re grateful for, and write them down. This is a widespread practice now, of course, as studies show that gratitude can help us sleep better, get more exercise, experience less pain, and benefit from improved overall wellbeing. … Read more