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Getting the most out of doing good

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Integrating philanthropy into business can maximize impact — in and out of the office.
Corporate volunteerism can be a powerful tool in building an enduring relationship with a potential customer base. However, Northeast Ohio philanthropy experts and employers stress that any philanthropic strategy must be integrated into a company’s overall business plan to do the most good. That means simply cutting a check may not be the most effective way to either aid nonprofits or ensure a company’s financial future, noted Rachel Herman, Senior Director of Business Engagement at BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

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ADVISER: Everybody wins when a business is engaged

Saturday, August 15, 2015

BROADBENT Visionary business leaders adopt workplace cultures that emphasize care, appreciation, professional development, trust and empowerment for their people. These are vital elements for a high-powered workforce; they positively impact employee retention, innovation, customer service and customer satisfaction.

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New YP Leader Corps in Akron

Friday, August 07, 2015

Knight grant allows Akron-area young professionals to get training, matching for nonprofit board service.

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New Community Engagement Opportunity for Young Professionals in Akron

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence today announced a new opportunity for young professionals to become engaged leaders in the community. The YP Leader Corps is an educational program designed to provide young talent with leadership development training that will culminate with each participant being matched to serve on an Akron nonprofit board. The program is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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Young professionals clean up Cleveland area parks, beaches, waterways

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

More than 200 young professionals stepped away from their desks Friday afternoon to clean up Cleveland area parks and beaches, and work on projects to protect clean water.

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Summer of Service 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Cleveland Business Volunteers Rally for Year of Clean Water

Over 200 young professionals from Cleveland businesses joined forces for volunteer event focused on the restoration, conservation and protection of water.

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Northeast Oho Business Community Impact Survey Results

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Business in Northeast Ohio is Powerful Source for Good

Through their strong commitment to volunteerism and the power of their financial contributions, businesses are making a meaningful impact on communities where employees work and live, while providing valuable leadership development and team building opportunities, and strengthening their overall bottom line.

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SAVE THE DATE - SEA Change Happen, a social enterprise pitch event

Monday, April 06, 2015

$50,000 is on the line for the newest social entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio!

For the past five months, SEA Change (Social Enterprise Accelerator) has been training and mentoring a cohort of the region's most promising social entrepreneurs to generate community impact while operating viable businesses. Now, they are ready to pitch!

Space is limited so RSVP today.

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Join us at the CIFF for Unlikely Heroes

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BVU is partnering with the Cleveland International Film Festival to present the Swiss film Unlikely Heroes. The film showcases Sabine, a middle-aged psychotherapy assistant, and people seeking asylum in Switzerland. Sabine volunteers, somewhat unexpectedly, in directing asylum seekers to produce a play. As with many volunteer experiences, she may learn more from her involvement than anyone else.

As a friend of BVU, you will receive $2 off a ticket purchase
for ANY film by using the code "BVU" at purchase!

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Volunteering can offer something for everyone

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Looking to volunteer but don't know where to start?

With 24,000 nonprofits in an 18-county area in Northeast Ohio, there is no shortage of options when it comes to volunteering, said Brian Broadbent, president of BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence. The Cleveland-based organization works with businesses and nonprofits, providing one-stop shopping for volunteer referral, consulting and training.

But if you're thinking about volunteering and don't know where to start, Broadbent has some advice.

“The best volunteers are committed to a passion,” he said, adding that the trend in volunteering is up substantially, with baby boomers and millennials showing the largest interest in volunteering.

Some individuals need a nudge to find their passion, so the BVU created a quiz — www.volunteerquiz.org — to identify the type of volunteer work someone is best suited for — hands-on, skill-based or leadership opportunities. The quiz, launched in January, identifies an individual's passion, and narrows down when and where they want to volunteer, providing a link to local opportunities that match personality and volunteer type.

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