SVCF Philanthropy Now Podcast

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Mar 29, 2017

In episode 7, Bert Feuss (Senior VP of Investments) and Sue McAllister (Marketing Director) discuss SVCF's efforts to increase the number of minority and women investment managers at SVCF. Because SVCF values inclusion and diversity in all aspects of our business, we had to take a hard look at our investment practices and acknowledge that there was room for improvement.

Bert and Sue talk about why this effort has been such a great success, including increased investment in communities that other investment managers overlook. They walk us through the process of hiring consultants, finding talented women- & minority-owned investment managers, and the excellent results we've had so far. Bert and Sue wrap up by discussing some steps that other nonprofits or foundations can take to increase diversity in the hiring process. 

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Mar 15, 2017

SVCF and other organizations have implemented a "ban the box" policy in the hiring process. Removing the checkbox inquiring about applicants' criminal history is intended to make hiring more inclusive for folks who have had interactions with the criminal justice system.

Gina and Daiva talk about how unequal application of the criminal justice system often puts young people of color and those in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods at a disadvantage, because they are more likely to have interactions with law enforcement. Gina and Daiva highlight some of the research that demonstrates the effectiveness of banning the box, and talk about why it's so important to welcome those with criminal history into our organizations and businesses. 

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Mar 1, 2017

Welcome to Episode 5, in which Maeve Miccio, our VP of Corporate Responsibility, interviews Director of Corporate Responsibility Liz Lipton-McCombie. Maeve and Liz discuss SVCF's efforts to support startups and large companies alike who are interested in building social responsibility. 

SVCF recently completed a report called Starting with Purpose: How Startups can Use Social Responsibility to Deliver Purpose and Profit. Our goal was to provide a comprehensive resource for companies that plan to integrate social responsibility and philanthrophy into their work, through volunteering, charity, and other efforts. Maeve and Liz give us an overview of how the report was compiled, some of the most interesting discoveries, and some actionable takeaways. 

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