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2016 Corporate Philanthropy Institute | Be Courageous

Thursday, December 1, 2016 (All day)
Pullman San Francisco Bay Hotel
223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City
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Who Can Attend

The Corporate Philanthropy Institute is open to NCG members, member clients of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and non-affiliated corporate funders and CSR professionals.

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Our world is constantly changing, evolving. We’re faced with issues we could never have contemplated a generation ago as well as those we’ve struggled with for many generations. And all of us are challenged to contemplate our role in addressing these issues which affect our communities.

This year’s Corporate Philanthropy Institute (CPI), Be Courageous, will explore how companies are taking bold steps to positively impact communities around the world, addressing those complicated and controversial issues ranging from human trafficking to climate change. Courage manifests through actions such as publishing diversity data or providing transparency into environmental impacts of the supply chain. Our ever-evolving world is also requiring that companies engage with NGO partners, employees and civil society in new ways – through philanthropy and other business integration efforts.

The 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Institute presented by Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), will explore how companies and corporate responsibility professionals are being courageous through their work, where this dynamic field is headed and the necessary skills for practitioners to thrive. 

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Morning Plenary | A Conversation with Franz Paasche

Franz Paasche, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications at PayPal will start us off discussing the courageous stance PayPal took against LGBTQ discrimination by stopping expansion plans to a state that enacted legislation to prevent creation of non-discrimination policies based on gender identity.

Morning Quick-Talks

  • Courage with Intent: Defining your intent using materiality and stakeholder engagement to have the most impact
  • Employee Relief Funds: How to support your employees in times of hardship or crisis
  • Shifting Focus: Successful tactics to change the direction of your corporate responsibility program

Lunch Plenary | Partnership and Opportunity: Perspectives from Bay Area Mayors 

Who better than Mayors Libby Schaff of Oakland and Sam Liccardo of San Jose to scope up-to-the minute opportunities and challenges for partnership. Changes in the Bay Area offer unprecedented opportunities to address the needs of our cities, meet the interest of companies, and bring resources to communities that need it most. We’ll  what ‘Being Courageous’ means when it comes to local communities, partnerships and the impact companies can make through their philanthropy and other channels.

Participate in what promises to be a lively conversation with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo moderated by United Way Executive Vice President, Eric McDonnell.

Afternoon Breakouts

  • Corporate Responsibility Integration: Embedding corporate responsibility values and initiatives to improve commercial operations and drive sustainable business
  • Future Proofing: Identifying changes in the corporate responsibility field and the skills practitioners need to thrive
  • Courageous Policy: Companies taking a stand to uphold ethics and values

Be Courageous: Closing Plenary

Join key players to close out the day with a candid conversation of the most pressing issues impacting CSR and corporate philanthropy: fairness, equality and access. The panel will share current and future efforts to move beyond inclusion; support diversity, gender equity and empowerment of underrepresented groups; and address some of the big issues that divide us.  Perspectives will be provided from both established and new efforts.

Learn more about each session


Read the Speaker Bio's

Jamie Barclay, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Symantec

Dana Beckman, Director Corporate Affairs, Alliance Data

Bernard Boudreaux, Director CSR, Target

Bryan Clontz, Founder and President, Emergency Assistance Foundation

Justin Dillon, CEO/Co-Founder, Made in a Free World

Dan Henkle, President, Gap Foundation and SVP. Global Sustainability, Gap Inc.

Cecily Joseph, VP, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, Symantec

Olivia Khalili, Director of Yahoo for Good, Yahoo

Robin Kim, Practice Head – Global Technology & Innovation, Ruder Finn

Mark Kramer, Founder and Managing Director, FSG

Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San Jose

Eric McDonnell, Executive Vice President & COO, United Way Bay Area

Neal Myrick, Director of Social Impact, Tableau

Franz Paasche, Vice President Corporate Affairs, PayPal

Melynnie Rizvi, Senior Director and Chief Sustainability and Diversity Officer, Veritas Technologies LLC

Libby Schaaf, Mayor, City of Oakland

Sandra Seru, Director, Forum for the Future

Mark Shamley, President/CEO, ACCP

Justin Steele, Principal,

Doug Stockham, Executive Vice President, Emergency Assistance Foundation

June Sugiyama, Director, Vodafone Americas

Tom Tarantino, Public Policy Manager, Twitter

Ellen Weinreb, CEO and President, Weinreb Group Sustainability Recruiting

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8:00 am - 9:00 amRegistration and Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:15 amWelcome and CPI Overview
9:15 am - 10:15 amOpening Plenary: Be Courageous with Franz Paasche
10:15 am - 10:30 amBreak

10:30 am - 11:05 am

11:10 am - 11:45 am

Quick Talks #1

Quick Talks #2

11:45 am - 12:30 pmSpeed Networking
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm


1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Lunch Plenary | Partnership and Opportunity: Perspectives from

Bay Area Mayors 

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Breakout Sessions 

3:35 pm - 4:20 pm

4:20 pm - 4:30 pm

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Be Courageous | Closing Plenary

Closing Remarks

Reception | Corporate Responsibility Impact Reception & Awards


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NCG/SCG/SDG members: $350 

SVCF partners and clients: $350 

Non-affiliated corporate funders or CSR professionals: $450 

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Registration will be managed via Eventbrite. Register here.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to join us as a sponsor for the 2016 CPI: Be Courageous. Sponsorship provides an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to corporate responsibility and community impact across the world. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities contact Hannah Erickson at

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