CSR Leaders Gather in San Francisco at 2015 Corporate Philanthropy Institute

For the second consecutive year, Silicon Valley Community Foundation partnered with Northern California Grantmakers to host the Corporate Philanthropy Institute on Monday (9/21). The one-day learning and networking conference brought nearly 140 corporate responsibility and corporate philanthropy professionals together to share best practices, discuss future trends and delve into topics relevant to their work. Held at Mission Bay Conference Center at University of California, San Francisco, the attendees represented 89 unique institutions and corporations across the country, to include Edelman, Fossil, HP, IBM, KPMG, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Symantec, Vodafone and Volkswagen.

Corporate Philanthropy Institute 2015
 
Authenticity was the theme of the 2015 conference, and the day focused on how companies are going about breathing authenticity and value into their corporate social responsibility efforts. The theme permeated through the plenary (by Marina Gorbis of the Institute for the Future, pictured below) and breakout sessions, as close to 25 speakers and panelists lent their expertise on topics ranging from communications, diversity and inclusion strategies, funder/grantee partnerships and more. 
 
Corporate Philanthropy Institute 2015
 
There were many highlights throughout the day, most notably a compelling and inspiring closing keynote by Rick Ridgeway (pictured below), vice president of public engagement at Patagonia. Rick’s presentation gave insight into the industry leader’s beginnings and its culture, providing a true example of authenticity at its core.  CPI attendees were all abuzz on social media, impressed by the speaker and the incredible company whose unconventional business strategies are top-notch (1% for the Planet, ‘Buy Less’ marketing campaign).
 
 
Ellen LaPointe and Emmett Carson, president and chief executive officers of NCG and SVCF, respectively, book-ended the day with remarks on behalf of the host organizations.
 
Resources from the 2015 Corporate Philanthropy Institute can be found here.
 
The event would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors, listed below.
 
Gold Sponsors:                 Wells Fargo, PG&E
Silver Sponsor:                 Charles Schwab Foundation
Bronze Sponsors:            CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, eBay
Donor Sponsor:                Equinix, StubHub, Symantec
Media Sponsor:                San Francisco Business Times