#givingtuesday meetup

 

Patty Morrissey, CR Group Board Member and Head of Social Innovation at Groupon, introduced the speaker, Asha Curran.

Patty Morrissey, CR Group Board Member and Head of Social Innovation at Groupon, introduced the speaker, Asha Curran.

Asha Curran, Director, Center for Innovation and Social Impact, 92nd Street Y.

92nd Street Y (92Y), in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, founded #GivingTuesday in 2012.  Just one year later, over 10,000 charities, volunteer organizations, corporations, and foundations in 40+ countries participated in various ways in #GivingTuesday.  Asha Curran, Director of the Center for Innovation and Social Impact at 92Y, provided us with an overview of the exciting growth of #GivingTuesday and the impact of that growth.

Asha discussed the lessons learned as well as the innovations and highlights of the past two years – highlights including Baltimore’s amazing campaign in 2013.  The campaign involved businesses, nonprofits, citizens, and Baltimore’s Mayor’s Office coming together with the goal of raising $5 million as a city. The effort included city-wide events such as a food truck rally, a CrossFit day, a dedicated #GivingTuesday ice cream flavor, and more activities that inspired the city to work together to raise funds for charity. Baltimore surpassed its goal bringing in $5.6 million.

What has been done (the successes and the mis-steps) provided a springboard for our discussions about what can be done here.  Baltimore was able to crown itself “the most generous city.”  What #GivingTuesday goal can Chicago reach (and surpass), and what crown can it claim for itself? IMG_0852 IMG_0851IMG_0861IMG_0850


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Illustrating how some have adapted the #GivingTuesday logo and the #GivingTuesday purpose.

Illustrating how some have adapted the #GivingTuesday logo and the #GivingTuesday purpose.

Another example of a country's adaptation of the #GivingTuesday logo.  The boy used the word "donate" which in his language means, loosely translated,  to give without any strings attached - more powerful than the word for "give" in his language.

Another example of a country’s adaptation of the #GivingTuesday logo. The boy used the word “donate” which in his language means, loosely translated, to give without any strings attached – more powerful than the word for “give” in his language.

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on the table: join the conversation

The Corporate Responsibility Group of Greater Chicago, Cheryl Hughes, Director of Strategic Initiatives at The Chicago Community Trust and 45 CR Group members and guests joined The Chicago Community Trust, and 10,000 neighbors throughout our region on one day, Monday, May 12, in conversations about Chicago’s challenges, its strengths, its identity.

The Chicago Community Trust marked its 99th anniversary with a community-wide, meal-time conversation, On The Table, about our collective future, and the CR Group joined in that community-wide conversation to generate new ideas, spark partnerships, and shape a public agenda to build and sustain strong, safe, and dynamic communities.

CR Group member Morningstar, Inc. hosted the conversation in its beautiful space.

Cheryl Hughes, Director of Strategic Initiatives at The Chicago Community Trust

Cheryl Hughes, Director of Strategic Initiatives at The Chicago Community Trust

Claudia Freed, Coporate Responsibility Group of Chicago Board Member, Cheryl Hughes, Director of Strategic Initiatives at The Chicago Community Trust, and Colleen Coughlin, Executive Director of the CR Group pause for a moment before this beautiful space at Morningstar, Inc. who hosted this exciting meeting was filled with conversation groups.

Claudia Freed, Corporate Responsibility Group of Chicago Board Member, Cheryl Hughes, Director of Strategic Initiatives at The Chicago Community Trust, and Colleen Coughlin, Executive Director of the CR Group pause for a moment before this beautiful space at Morningstar, Inc., who hosted this exciting meeting, was filled with the conversation groups.

Conversation groups also took advantage of the great patio space at Morningstar, Inc.

Conversation groups also took advantage of the great patio space at Morningstar, Inc.

 

 

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storytelling: documentary film and corporate responsibility

April 22, 2014 – hosted by The Gene Siskel Film Center and U.S. Cellular.

Panel moderated by Alison Cuddy, Program Director, Chicago Humanities Festival, Co-Host and Co-Producer of Strange Brews and the arts and culture reporter at WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Media. Previously she was host of Eight Forty-Eight.

Panel members: Justine Nagan, Executive Director, Kartemquin Films. She was the Executive Producer of The Interrupters, which won the 2012 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.  Phillip Koch, Producer, CNN Series Chicagoland, Producer, Director, Writer, Line Producer, Unit Production Manager at Film PoliceLeslie Kendrigan Meredith, Executive Vice President and Group Account Director, Leo Burnett USA.  Mark Konkol, Pulitzer-Prize-Winning writer, Narrator, CNN series Chicagoland,  Writer-at-Large at DNAinfo Chicago

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Left to right: Alison Cuddy, Phil Koch, Mark Konkol, Justine Nagan, and Leslie Kendrigan Meredith

 

farm to table: sustainable foods

         March 18, 2014, hosted by Groupon.

Deann Bayless and breakfast from XOCO

Deann Bayless and breakfast from XOCO

Speaker: Deann Bayless, Co-Founder, Frontera Farmer Foundation; Proprietor, Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco; Producer and Co-Executive Creative Director, PBS television series Mexico, “One Plate at a Time.”

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Deann gave generously of her time - personally bringing breakfast from XOCO and staying after to talk with members and guests.

Deann gave generously of her time – personally bringing breakfast from XOCO and staying after to talk with members and guests.

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Standing room only crowd!

Standing room only crowd!