Philanthropy Now podcast: How Early-Stage Companies Can Engage in Social Responsibility

With our new Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Welcome to Episode 5, in which Maeve Miccio, SVCF’s vice president 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 in their efforts to strengthen 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 philanthropy into their work, through volunteering, charitable giving, 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.  


Maeve Miccio, SVCF VP of corporate responsibility, and Liz Lipton-McCombie, SVCF director of corporate responsibility.



What you will learn:

  • The differences in how corporate responsibilty is introduced at startups versus large, established companies
  • Why it's important to scale your corporate responsibility goals to the size of your business
  • How to decide what issues to throw your time, energy, and resources behind, and why you should try to pick issues that impact your workforce
  • Why most startups are parsing out their social responsibility work throughout their companies, rather than delegating it all to one employee

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