Upcoming CSR Board Calls

No Vendors. Confidential. Conversations.

Racial equity and CSR one year after the 2020 protests (Members and Invited Guests Only)

May 25, 2021

Fortune 1000 companies committed $66 billion to advancing racial equity following last year’s unrest. What have we accomplished so far? Let’s come together to share how CSR professionals have responded to demands for change:

  • What community investments and engagements did we commit to do, and how have we delivered?
  • What still needs to be done, and what roadblocks have we faced?
  • How has CSR work changed forever, and what still needs to change?
  • How are we communicating progress on our visions and commitments? And, how are we dealing with negative feedback, if any?

You can only have a frank conversation about tough topics in a confidential setting where everyone else has the same burden of responsibility you do. Join us to talk out where we’ve made a difference and where we still need work.

Who's Attending (So Far)

CSR Board members, plus Adobe, CBRE, Cooper Companies, First Solar, Papa John’s, Trane Technologies, and Wakefern Food.


  • Tuesday, May 25, at 1 PM ET.
  • We’ll send you the dial-in details once your registration is confirmed.

Past Calls

Grant cycle processes: Saving time and money (Members and Invited Guests Only)

April 6, 2021

Let’s have a confidential, major funders-only conversation about the nitty-gritty of giving:

  • Open applications vs. invitation-only: managing applicant quantity and quality
  • Application review processes and phases after intake
  • Headcount, time, and resource needs
  • How and when to engage senior leadership
  • Final grant numbers and amounts: breadth vs. depth of impact

Only experienced corporate philanthropy leaders with full responsibility for their programs can really understand all the ins and outs of building the best giving cycle. Join other people like you to learn from their experiences too.

Who Attended

CSR Board members, plus AMD, Broadcom, Cigna, Mastercard, PepsiCo, Santander Consumer USA, and Travelers.

How has COVID-19 changed corporate philanthropy forever? (Members and Invited Guests Only)

March 23, 2021

As we mark the one-year anniversary of this pandemic, let’s gather to discuss how COVID-19 has permanently changed our work as corporate philanthropy leaders at the world’s largest companies.

What major needs have been exposed by the pandemic in healthcare, food security, housing, transportation, education, and the digital divide? What role should large corporations play in solving these problems? What new expectations are we hearing from stakeholders — employees, executives, community partners, and customers — and what strategic changes are we making in response?

This may be the biggest challenge facing our field today. Join other experienced CSR leaders from the world’s biggest companies in a confidential space to talk about what we are seeing, what we still don’t know, and how we can support each other in an uncertain future.

Who Attended

CSR Board members, plus ATB Financial, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Broadcom, Eaton, Estee Lauder Companies, Fluor, FMC, Google, The Hartford, HDR, Hormel Foods, HSBC, Jo-Ann Stores, KeHE Distributors, Leidos, MetLife, Micron Technology, NI, nVent, PepsiCo, Purolator, Reebok, SeaWorld, Wakefern Food, Wells Fargo, and Zoetis.

The 2021 volunteerism dilemma: Virtual, in-person, or hybrid? (Members and Invited Guests Only)

February 18, 2021

How do you plan your employee volunteer initiatives for the year when there’s still so much uncertainty about COVID-19? Join current and prospective CSR Board members to confidentially discuss:

  • Fully virtual, in-person, or a hybrid: What are your plans and how are you staying flexible?
  • Dealing with deadlines: What resources are helping you make timely decisions?
  • Tracking virtual volunteering trends: What opportunities are you most excited about?
  • How are you incorporating 2020’s lessons into planning for 2021?

You are facing tough decisions. Come with your challenges and experience to get unbiased, vendor-free support from other major company decision-makers like you.

Who Attended

Members of the CSR Board, plus Aetna, Air Products, Ameriprise Financial, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Canadian Tire, Cummins, Eli Lilly and Company, Essilor, FedEx, Gilead Sciences, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Micron Technology, Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Progressive Insurance, Republic Airways, Royal Bank of Canada, Shell, TELUS, Total Quality Logistics, and Turner Construction.


Are these conversations confidential like your members-only calls?

Yes. You will be required to agree to our confidentiality rules when you register.

Who’s going to be on the line?

Everyone on the call will be leading corporate social responsibility at a big company. This is a conversation for people like you, with jobs like yours, at companies like yours — and problems like yours.

No vendors, sponsors, press, small businesses, or junior/front-line staff allowed.

Attendees will be from member companies and invited guests from similarly-sized companies.

What are we going to discuss?

You’ll get candid, honest insights from experienced peers. Bring a list of the things you’re working on right now. We’d love to help.

Who is the presenter on the calls?

Nobody! Everyone contributes. It’s a discussion, not a webinar. You’ll have a deep conversation with people who have jobs like yours at companies like yours.

Why is there no fee and who is funding this?

The CSR Board is a community for people leading corporate social responsibility at the world’s biggest companies. We have members-only calls each week. Because our calls are confidential, we sometimes open our calls up to guests to see what we do. In total transparency, we think you’re going to love it and will want to join the community.