Proudly presented in partnership with Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives' Caring Companies Forum Series brings some of today's leading speakers on corporate social engagement to communities throughout Greater Vancouver. Each Forum also includes a workshop component, in which businesses receive tips and resources on developing a community engagement strategy, and non-profits learn how to fine-tune their case for support. The goal is for everyone to leave inspired, and ready to change their community for the better. 

Forum #1: Richmond

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 8:00am - 11:00am 

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives Members: $75 | Non-Members: $100 | Register Online

Generously Hosted by Pacific Gateway Hotel

Session Details

Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00am - 8:45am

Keynote Speaker: Dan Pallotta

9:00am - 10:00am

Caring Companies Introduction

10:00am - 10:10am

Business Breakout Session (Optional): Developing a Community Engagement Strategy

10:15am - 11:00am

Non-Profit Breakout Session (Optional): Building a Case for Support

10:15am - 11:00am

Speaker Bio: Dan Pallotta

With over 3.4 million views, Dan Pallotta’s TED Talk is one of the most watched of all time. What makes his message so compelling?

For one, Dan is a builder of movements. He invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Days. These events raised in excess of half a billion dollars in nine years, and altered the landscape of options for ordinary individuals seeking to make an extraordinary difference.

Dan is also one of the charitable sector’s most passionate advocates. He is the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, a best-selling title that contributed to a new conversation about economic freedom for the humanitarian sector. His newest book is Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World. It’s been described by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. as “an Apollo program for American philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.”

Dan is the founder and Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity, a full-service brand and inspiration agency for the humanitarian sector. He is also founder and President of the Charity Defense Council, a national leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change.

Above all, though, Dan’s message resonates because of the messenger. A gifted communicator, Dan has an incredible ability to connect with audiences of all types, from non-profits to businesses, from fundraisers to executives.

He is a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer, and has spoken at Stanford, Wharton, Harvard Business School, Harvard's Hauser Center for Nonprofits, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Tufts University, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Council on Foundations, the Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and the Milken Institute, among others.

Dan is also a featured weekly contributor to the Harvard Business Review online.

We hope you’ll join us on April 15 when he brings his message to Richmond.

Each Caring Companies Forum will feature a different keynote speaker. The workshop portion, however, will remain the same from one community to the next. With separate business and non-profit sessions, the workshops are meant to provide a brief overview of the benefits of corporate social engagement. In addition, we'll show how partnerships between the business and non-profit sectors can be strengthened, so they have the greatest possible impact. While we encourage Forum participants to attend the workshops, they are completely optional. 


Business Session: 

Developing a Community Engagement Strategy

The aim of this 45-minute session is to introduce businesses to key concepts surrounding corporate social engagement, and to get them thinking about how they can maximize the impact of their own community involvement. Topics covered include:

• Creating a culture of caring

• Gauging employee interest

• Assessing your resources

• Defining your philanthropic goals

• Employer-supported volunteerism

• Policies and procedures

• Measuring your impact

• Employee recognition

• Storytelling

  Non-Profit Session:
Building a Case for Support

This 45-minute session is designed to teach non-profits the basic elements of a case for support, and the key role the document plays in an organization's larger resource development strategy. Topics covered include:

• Refining your mission statement
• Assessing your needs
• Telling your story
• Identifying prospects
• Customizing your case
• Growing partnerships
• Friend-raising
• Supporter recognition
• Partnership evaluation

In addition to the workshops, Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives provides consultation services to both businesses and non-profit organizations. The consultations, which can take place over weeks or months, allow for more in-depth support, tailored to a company or non-profit's specific needs. Taking this next step can be discussed in-person, at one of the Forums, or by calling us at 604-279-7020. 

Each year, all those who have attended a Caring Companies Forum, along with their colleagues, family, and friends, are invited to participate in the Day of Caring - a celebration that doubles as a community service project. This year's event will take place Saturday, June 13, at The Sharing Farm, which provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the Richmond Food Bank and other charities. Volunteers will help the farm prepare for the summer planting season. 

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