Increasing Social Impact Through Employee Engagement and Workplace Giving
America’s Charities, the leader in workplace giving and philanthropy, released a report on top corporate employee engagement and workplace giving trends. The research, Snapshot: Employee Opinions on Giving, Volunteering, and Corporate Philanthropy, details the leading issues facing employee engagement and workplace giving program managers across corporate America today, including the increasing importance of volunteerism, authentic leadership, and corporate-nonprofit alignment.
This session is uniquely designed for Advisors in Philanthropy’s social responsibility, employee engagement and workplace giving leaders who will hear about and discuss:
- New and emerging trends in CSR, Workplace Giving and Employee Engagement.
- The influence of our changing workforce, culture and technology on employee engagement and giving.
- What employees most want in employee engagement and workplace giving programs.
- Case examples of what companies are doing to enhance their programs and increase impact results.
- Opportunities and Considerations.
About the presenters...
Kimberly H. Young, Vice President, Business Development, America’s Charities
As America’s Charities' Vice President of Business Development, Kimberly H. Young is responsible for generating new business for America’s Charities, expanding and enhancing employee engagement in the private sector and providing leadership support for Community First-America’s Charities. She brings more than 20 years of social responsibility experience that intersects the corporate, nonprofit, philanthropic, and faith communities. Kim leverages this expertise as a strategy advisor to CSR and HR leaders and as a contributor for the Snapshot research series providing insight on trends and proven practices in employee engagement and workplace giving.
Prior to joining America’s Charities, Kim served as Director Corporate Services and Network Developer at the Council on Foundations a national association serving public and private foundations with global impact. In these roles she developed and directed programs and services for the Council’s corporate giving and foundation members, was staff liaison for the Council’s Corporate Advisor Network, and project leader for developing the Leading Corporate Philanthropy Initiative. This signature initiative includes research published in 2012, Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Leading Corporate Philanthropy, the Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value Corporate Practitioner’s Toolkit and related conference programs. She brings expertise incorporate giving and foundation management, professional development for philanthropy leaders, conference program development, and strategic philanthropic network engagement.
Previously, Kim served as community relations manager for Capital One in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Her career began at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supporting their national field sales and membership teams and concluded from their Government Relations team.
Kim holds a Master of Divinity from Evangel Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Human Resources Management from Strayer University, and certifications from Genesis International Coaching & Consulting Institute, LLC, Project Management Institute and The Northern Virginia Center for Pastoral Care.
Cindy Pollard, Public Affairs Director for Aera Energy LLC
In her current role as director of public affairs, Pollard oversees local government relations, internal and external communications and community relations. Pollard and her team work to ensure that Aera Energy is seen as a valued community partner in areas where the company operates. In support of its license to operate priority, each year Aera gives to more than 100 community organizations and its employees give thousands of hours to help build stronger communities and neighborhoods through company sponsored events and activities.
Prior to joining Aera, Pollard was president and CEO of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, a 1,300 member association representing more than 50,000 jobs in the Kern County area. As CEO, she provided strategic, administrative and financial leadership to the organization that provided business education and training, networking and political advocacy for its members at the local, state and federal levels.
Pollards career also includes several prior leadership roles. These include, Manager of Media Relations in the legislative office of Pacific Gas and Electric Company and later manager of local government relations for the Central Valley. Pollard also owned a public relations firm serving a broad spectrum of clients in the private and public sectors. She was spokesperson for PG&E’s Kern Division and served as a member of the company’s emergency response organization in Bakersfield and at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Her clients included Aera Energy; the Bakersfield Business Conference; San Joaquin Community Hospital; Paramount Farms and Citrus; GTE Wireless (now Verizon Wireless); Kern Economic Development Corporation; Union Bank of California; First 5 Kern; Bakersfield Heart Hospital; several land developers/builders and a southern California water district. Pollard has also served as director of public information and publications for Bakersfield College; and worked for Walt Disney Productions (studio and theme park) and Kaiser Permanente in southern California, where she did training and organizational consulting.
Pollard has a strong history of award winning community service, serving on the boards and committees of numerous organizations including the Greater Bakersfield and Fresno chambers of commerce, Girl Scouts, United Way, Community Connection for Childcare, Bakersfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, California State University Council of 100. She was a founding member of the Bakersfield Chamber’s Political Action Committee and the Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference and is a member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield. She was named Woman of the Year by the Bakersfield Chamber in 1995; earned a Sam Walton Business Leader Award in 1999, for service to the customer, respect for the individual and pursuit of excellence; named one of Girl Scouts “Women Inspiring Girls," in 2013; and named a Woman with a Heart for Bakersfield and 32nd Assembly District Woman of the Year in 2014. She was inducted in the Bakersfield City School District Hall of Fame in 2015; named humanitarian of the year by the Patricia Jean Foundation in 2017; and businesswoman of the year by the Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce in 2018.
Pollard holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Southern California and a master's degree in public administration from the University of LaVerne. She holds a lifetime community college teaching credential in business and industrial management and a crisis communications certification from the Institute for Crisis Management. She is trained in ICS (Incident Command System). Pollard is a graduate of the Leadership Bakersfield Class of 1990 and served on the US Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 and the Public Affairs Council, helping shape the national political landscape.
Pollard has been married to her high school sweetheart Mark for 36 years and together they have two adult sons—Spencer and Chad.