CECP Opens Corporate Giving Standard Survey; Unique Benchmarking Tool in Charitable Contributions

CECP in Association with The Conference Board Field Annual Survey
Feb 1, 2013 12:00 PM ET

NEW YORK, February 1, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The Corporate Giving Standard (CGS) survey, conducted by CECP in association with The Conference Board, will open on February 1, 2013. The survey each year allows for CECP members and non-member Fortune 500 companies to compile a clear accounting of their corporate cash and non-cash giving. Through accompanying CECP analysis and support, the CGS serves as a self-assessment and benchmarking tool for companies.  The data from the CGS survey is also used to develop Giving in Numbers, which is corporate giving’s premier report focusing on community engagement and is a resource to assess the trends in corporate initiatives.  

“CECP believes in the power of data to inspire and leverage the community engagement of the world’s largest companies,” stated Charles Moore, Executive Director of CECP. “Companies are empowered to do more when they have the data to support their programs.  Whether a foundation president is using corporate giving data in a presentation to the corporate board or a CEO is making a speech at Davos about her company’s corporate community commitment, data make an impression. CECP is proud to provide the data that strengthen corporate giving programs, globally.” 

CECP implemented the CGS measurement initiative in 2001 as a way for companies to measure and gauge their charitable contributions.  Participation has increased from 17 companies in 2001 to 214 companies in 2012, and the CGS repository now contains more than $105 billion worth of corporate giving data. CECP releases Giving in Numbers each year, and in the fall of 2013 will release the ninth annual report on corporate giving trends with the benefit of support and insights from The Conference Board. Giving in Numbers is the only rigorous study of corporate contributions available for public download at no cost.   

Participants can look forward to a refreshed survey with new questions on the role of employee location in determining international giving strategies, giving to employees to support disaster recovery, and the use of grants management software, along with the standard questions on issue areas, types of giving, the role of the foundation, and many more. 

Companies wishing to join the benchmarking project are invited to contact CECP or The Conference Board. The submission deadline for inclusion in the analysis is April 1, 2013. CECP will present the findings from the survey at the CECP Summit on June 4-5 in New York City, which is the first look at the previous year’s giving data.

About CECP

CECP draws together and empowers senior executives of the world’s leading companies to achieve unprecedented progress on society challenges while driving business performance. Through high-powered connectivity and the platform to multiply investments in solving the world’s most pressing issues, CECP is an irreplaceable tool catalyzing the forces that drive big change. www.CorporatePhilanthropy.org

About The Conference Board

The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Our mission is unique: To provide the world’s leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States. www.conference‐board.org

About Giving in Numbers

CECP, in association with The Conference Board, provides corporate philanthropy’s annual premier report focusing on trends in giving, Giving in Numbers, which is an invaluable resource for corporate philanthropy professionals to assess the scope of their corporate contributions initiatives. Giving in Numbers is publicly available for download: http://www.corporatephilanthropy.org/measurement/benchmarking‐reports/giving‐in‐numbers.html