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This October, CVC-TC members in conjunction with Minnesota Council on Foundations members met at Land O’Lakes to discuss and learn about the impact of nonprofit-corporate partnerships. The program examined how partnerships can incorporate a well-rounded approach to their partnerships from volunteering, grants, sponsorships, in-kind donations, and cause-marketing. To dig into the topic, Camille Cyprian of Minnesota Council on Foundations led a panel discussion featuring Jennifer Jones from Ameriprise Financial, Carolyn Link from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota... [read more]
This October, two CVC-TC member companies will be working together on a beloved annual tradition. Every year since 2011, the Minnesota Twins and the Toro Company have partnered to rebuild a Twin Cities youth baseball or softball field in just one day. This year’s field rebuild site will be West Minnehaha in St. Paul. Under the guidance of the Toro Sports Turf Managers and the Twins Grounds Crew, more than 60 Twins and Toro staff will tear up sod, level the playing surfaces of three different youth fields, rebuild pitching mounds, and more. This event encompasses... [read more]
As a global medical technology leader for more than 35 years, CVC-TC member company Boston Scientific understands the value of supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and inspiring the next generation of future innovators that companies like ours will rely on for years to come. To help bring awareness to the increasing demand for STEM skills – and to celebrate our employees’ global outreach efforts – we recently kicked off our second annual STEMtember social media campaign. Using the hashtag #STEMtember, the campaign includes a... [read more]
  As part of the Aveda mission to care for the world, all Aveda employees receive time off to volunteer. Offering a special week of volunteer opportunities provides all employees easy ways to give back while also connecting with fellow colleagues cross-functionally. During a week in May, 89 Aveda employees in Minnesota completed eight different volunteer activities focused on habitat restoration, women’s empowerment, and youth leadership. The week garnered more than 300 hours of service which protected the environment through habitat restoration activities with Great... [read more]
  On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, CVC-TC members and guests gathered at Sociable Cider Werks for a chance to network and mingle over deliciously brewed cider. The two-hour event had no technical agenda – an intentional choice that allowed attendees to structure their own conversations and connections. A few networking questions lay spread across the tables, in case a quiet moment arose, however the prompts quickly seemed unnecessary as attendees enthusiastically chatted their way across the room. One may assume that the large wooden brewery serves as an ideal location... [read more]
  This June, Boston Scientific celebrated our first annual Week of Caring – a campaign to recognize and honor our employees and their efforts to Advance Possibilities in their local communities around the world. As many of us know, engaging our employees in communications campaigns can be hard, especially globally. Here are three ways we engaged our global audience during the Week of Caring: Tying our Caring Value back to our everyday work: During the week, we looked at how our employees act with integrity and compassion to support patients, customers, our... [read more]
  The need to attract and retain top talent in the Twin Cities market is significant given thousands of baby boomers will retire over the next decade leaving job openings and opportunities for the next generation of workers. In Minnesota there is a heightened sense of urgency: experts predict that there will be at least 300,000 professional job openings by 2024 and not enough qualified workers to fill them. Developing local talent as well as attracting and retaining people is critical to maintaining a vibrant economy. In our experiences, it’s not uncommon to hear... [read more]
Since we were kids, we have always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  This was especially evident during our recent Corporate Volunteerism Council-Twin Cities Annual Celebration held on May 10.  The breakfast event started off with a warm welcome from the CVC-TC Board where I was able to meet members of the Twin Cities corporate, non-profit and public sectors. I then strolled over to the non-profit fair where we had several organizations on hand to educate and inform us on various projects and volunteer opportunities.  It felt like a... [read more]
This April, CVC-TC members met to discuss and learn about skills-based volunteerism. Skills-based volunteerism – leveraging specialized skills of volunteers to strengthen nonprofit infrastructure – is a growing trend in corporate social responsibility and employee volunteerism, and a model that many CVC-TC member organizations are exploring. Corporate and nonprofit leaders came together to share their experiences with and lessons learned from implementing skills-based volunteering programs. To dig into the topic, Tracy Nielsen of HandsOn Twin Cities led a panel discussion... [read more]
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