small business lessons - success
You know that saying, “Good things come to those who wait”? Well, I must respectfully disagree with that cliché. Good things come to those who work hard and persevere, I…
Celebrating a big birthday by giving a big gift
This year, the Allstate Foundation celebrated a big anniversary not by receiving, but by giving.  The Foundation first invited its key nonprofit partners to an Executive Summit where peers and…
Better listening drives better results
Our employees and agency owners are on the ground in nearly every community in the country. That’s why we have been focused for so long on having a positive impact…
Partnering together to support local communities
[Photo caption: Suren Gupta, Executive Vice President Allstate Technology and Operations, and Jim Towns, agency owner and co-chairman of Agency Executive Council] With corporate giving campaigns, what matters most: that…
Fan the flames of volunteerism
How do you energize already-enthusiastic employee volunteers to build on that commitment in their communities? You give them someskin in the game, by allowing them to choose which groups or…
The Journey: Joining the Supplier Mentoring Program
By Robin E. Beaman, Beaman Incorporated The last several years have been challenging from many entrepreneurs.   Those that survived the Great Recession, did so with determination and the support of…
What we’re reading this month…
Nielsen finds that half of consumers under 40 are willing to pay more for products and services from socially responsible companies. [click here] Grantmakers for Effective Organizations surveyed the field…
Coming to work for more than just a paycheck
In this tight economy, corporations have come to discover what many nonprofits have long understood – a paycheck is not the only factor that keeps employees invested in their jobs.…
Financial literacy as a tool to end domestic violence
Researchers cite financial stability as the leading indicator of whether a victim will be able to get safe and stay safe from abuse. Inspired to put their financial skills to…
Financial literacy is the best insurance: Talking finances in Washington, DC
The financial strength or our nation depends on the fiscal fitness of every citizen. Giving people the right tools to make the right financial decisions not only helps [read more]…