A Call for Courage, the 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Institute

For the third consecutive year, Silicon Valley Community Foundation partnered with Northern California Grantmakers to host the Corporate Philanthropy Institute (CPI) on Thursday, Dec 1, 2016. The one-day learning and networking conference brought over 150 corporate responsibility and corporate philanthropy professionals together to share best practices, discuss future trends and delve into topics relevant to their work. CPI was held at the Pullman San Francisco Bay Hotel, with attendance from more than 70 unique institutions and corporations from across the country, to include Arabella Advisors, Cisco, Dolby Laboratories, Genentech, Intel, Microsoft, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Symantec, Stop Hunger Now, Vodafone and World Food Program.
 
Be Courageous was the theme of the 2016 conference, and the day focused on how companies, now more than ever, are taking courageous steps to positively impact communities around the world, addressing complicated and controversial issues ranging from human trafficking to climate change. Companies are engaging with NGO partners, employees and civil society in new ways – through philanthropy and other business integration efforts. Inspirational and insightful plenary and breakout sessions discussed topics related to this theme. Over 25 speakers and panelists shared their expertise on issues ranging from commitment to corporate values, shifting the focus of CSR programs, measuring social impact, collaborating with local government, and promoting multi-faceted diversity and inclusion programs. 
 
The conference was full of highlights, and ended with an engaging and compelling plenary panel on the courage to commit to diversity and inclusion.  The panel consisted of industry leaders, each with unique contributions to the topic.  Mark Kramer, Managing Director and Founder of FSG moderated the panel of Dan Henkle (President of Gap Foundation & SVP of Sustainability, Gap Inc.), Melynnie Rizvi (Senior Director and Chief Sustainability Diversity Officer, Veritas) and Justin Steele (Principal, Google.org.). As a group, they emphasized the need to use corporate philanthropy to support social justice throughout business operations, the workforce, local communities and through those involved in supply chains.  
 
Ellen LaPointe, president and chief executive officer of NCG and Mari Ellen Loijens, chief business, development and brand officer of SVCF, opened and closed the day with remarks on behalf of the host organizations.
 
The event would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors, listed below.
 
Gold Sponsors: PG&E, Wells Fargo
Silver Sponsor: Microsoft
Bronze Sponsors: eBay, Google, Yahoo
Donor Sponsors: Equinix, Speck
Media Sponsor: San Francisco Business Times
Vendor Sponsor: Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship