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You focus on your business and we’ll focus on your volunteers. We plan the events then mobilize, organize, support, and track your volunteers. More…

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Starting a corporate citizenship initiative or program? We design and build it to make it a sustainable force for good.

 

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We’ll analyze 25 metrics of your corporate citizenship program. You’ll get a report that includes a plan to “do good better.”

 

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Here in Detroit–the city that invented and perfected mass production–it’s no surprise that companies approach volunteering the same way. Companies in this town do things big. They have to do things big. Last year, Detroit automakers put almost 21 million new cars on the road worldwide. The Big Three alone–Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford and General Motors–employ over half a…

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My friend, Amanda Uhle, shared this punch-in-the-gut story from the Boston Globe. Corporate and nonprofit leaders alike need to read it. http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/03/24/unwanted-volunteers/SNJQGGMQUUcIhYFh6M6k4M/story.html I’m going to share a story with you now that I’ve never shared before on a public forum. The identities are changed to protect the guilty and innocent. “Anna” was a friend of mine who…

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Are we doing CSR right? Are CEOs trying to make CSR do something it was never intended to do in the first place? If CSR fails to “make the job bigger than the job,” should companies continue to invest in CSR?

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Starting a business is not a good gig for those who are perfectionists or who prefer to work alone. When you set out to succeed for your clients and your community, you must first make friends with failure and master the art of making mistakes. One of the biggest mistakes I made over my first…

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This is the time of year when many companies prepare for what I call the “community engagement season”–the months when employees go into the community to give and volunteer. The most intense months of the season run from April to October. A few common difficulties companies face when planning community service: Finding good nonprofit partners…

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If you’re just finding out about this for the first time, I’m crowdfunding an eight-month executive leadership program in social impact at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more about the crowdfunding campaign here and here. Find a direct link to the crowdfunding page here. Today is the last day, so if you like what you…

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I have had the pleasure of knowing BT Irwin for several years and can say without hesitation that he is one of most inspiring and effective leaders in Southeast Michigan. His visionary take on community building is equaled only by the practical connections he makes between private and public entities—connections that create forward momentum for his organization. BT serves the public and private good in the most admirable way: by leading not because he wants to be a leader, but because his complete dedication motivates others to follow his lead . . . and achieve success.

BT…is a gifted public speaker and very effective trainer, with a deep commitment to community development. And smart, smart, smart.

BT has been featured as a national expert in training sessions arranged by Habitat for Humanity International. We conducted an in-depth 60+ minute podcast interview with BT about his brilliantly-designed partnership guide, which serves as a model for Habitat for Humanity affiliates [working with companies]. For our 2011 national conference, BT served on the planning team for the fundraising workshop track and received rave reviews as a panelist in a workshop on “First Things First & Priority Setting: Preparing for Long-Term Fundraising Success.” In July 2011, BT was the featured expert in a large-audience training conference call.

BT Irwin is a training superstar. He is engaging, provocative, warm, funny, and inspirational. I love his use of storytelling, truth-telling, and memorable phrases.

BT’s passion and commitment make it easy for me to recommend him for any one who is looking for guidance on how to best engage in the not for profit world.

A thought leader with an innate ability to harness energy toward accomplishing meaningful goals for the benefit of humanity– that is what BT should note in the summary on his resume. Know him, befriend him, partner with him– you will cherish his unique presence.

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