SILC 2020: Key Takeaways from Virtual Summit

Key Takeaways from the Virtual Summit

The Social Impact Leadership Conference (SILC) may have looked a little different this year, but it was no less inspiring. Hundreds of CSR leaders joined together virtually over three days to share best practices, discuss strategies, and inspire one another to continue making incredible happen. The idea of Agile Social Impact is not new around CyberGrants, but it is clear that now, more than ever, we need to continue to adapt and evolve our corporate philanthropy strategies to drive positive impact in the ways our communities need it most.

While we missed seeing all of you in person, we had a blast with everyone engaging in the community of our virtual event app.

Virtual Summit 2020 Stats


Highlights from Our Impact Makers



Big oil can be big community supporters. Glynis Holm Strause, Community Relations Advisor for the Eagle Ford Shale at ConocoPhillips, discussed the ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Values and the Pillars of Giving of which their philanthropic programs are built on. Learn how their values, from community investment, sponsorships, volunteerism, safety to environmental practices are making a positive impact in the communities. Plus, get an inside look at how ConocoPhillips uses CyberGrants to enable targeting, tracking and analysis of their philanthropic giving, sponsorships and volunteerism. Listen to the recording now.




Disney demonstrates how innovation with VoluntEAR Programs and Capability Extensions Volunteerism is a central and enduring part of Disney's culture and the cornerstone of its community engagement efforts. Linda Noel, Senior Manager at The Walt Disney Company, and Chris Lloyd, Systems Planning Program Manager at The Walt Disney Company, share how the Disney team engages Cast Members and maximizes impact. Learn how through donating their time and talents, their Disney VoluntEARS provide comfort, happiness, and inspiration to kids and families around the world. Listen to the recording now.



Levi Strauss Foundation

Giving Back Never Goes Out of Style: Levi Strauss Foundation responds to issues affecting marginalized and disenfranchised communities. Sarah Negron, Finance & Grants Coordinator at Levi Strauss Foundation, and Jason McBriarty, Director, Levi Strauss Foundation at Levi Strauss & Co. discuss grantmaking strategies and history before diving into recent pivots addressing racial injustice, responding to COVID-19, and investing in voter engagement in marginalized communities. They will also discuss how they align on messaging and values with our parent company Levi Strauss &Co. (LS&Co.). Listen to the recording now, or read more in our recent blog post about the Levi Strauss Foundation.



Top 5 Things We Learned

  1. Agility in giving programs and strategies is imperative. As we are faced with increasing complexity in global causes, the ability to mobilize around causes, gather and analyze data in real-time, and modify and innovate your programs will allow you to maximize your impact.
  2. Grantmaking is evolving. Developing more strategic and integrated campaigns allows for multi-faceted granting. We’ve discussed this recently in webinars related to rapid response programs for COVID-19.
  3. Honoring employee passions drives engagement. Make your giving programs work for your employees to improve engagement and promote recurring giving. Employees want the ability to give to the causes they care about, in a way that works best for them. Participation in these programs tends to be influenced best by competition and peer-to-peer engagement.
  4. Virtual volunteering is not only possible, but exponentially impactful. Virtual, skills-based volunteering is increasingly necessary in the current environment, and volunteers can assist organizations with continued pandemic response in a multitude of ways. Some of the ways we’ve seen virtual volunteering in action include assembling supply kits, staffing crisis lines, distance learning, NPO operational consulting, digitizing existing services, and more.
  5. Empowering nonprofits is more important than ever. NPO engagement and collaboration is even easier now with the help of FrontDoor. NPOs now have a single location to manage all profile and transactional activity, allowing for faster disbursements. Corporate donors see the benefit of increased efficiencies with better data and transparencies.


Service Project

We missed working side-by-side with you this year on our service project. Just because we couldn’t be together doesn’t mean we can’t still do good together. The ability to give back during our annual conference is deeply important to the CyberGrants team. Not wanting to forget that component as we pivoted this year's event to a virtual format, CyberGrants made a donation to Feeding America on behalf of each 2020 SILC Virtual Summit attendee. feeding-america-logo


Training Updates

At SILC Virtual Summit, we debuted a new format for training with three new ‘intro’ courses for Grants, Employee Engagement, and Reporting. These trainings are modularized and support a learning path for our clients. Special thanks to Eileen Powers, and our three guest experts who helped deliver the training: Yokang Kim, Dan Thomas, and Josh Rueckert. Keep an eye out for the IncredibleU Summer Series that will offer additional training opportunities.

Social Impact Leadership Conference 2021

We are so thankful to have been able to virtually gather with our clients this year for SILC, and can't wait to see you all again next year. Save the date for the Social Impact Leadership Conference in Austin, March 29-31, 2021!

Want to learn more? Contact us to discuss your CSR needs today!

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