A Future for Everyone: Innovative Social Responsibility and Community Partnerships

A Future for Everyone: Innovative Social Responsibility and Community Partnerships

A Future for Everyone: Innovative Social Responsibility and Community Partnerships

A Future for Everyone: Innovative Social Responsibility and Community Partnerships

Synopsis

The essays in A Future for Everyone discuss the many ways to foster innovative and unprecedented collaborations leading to more effective partnerships between major institutions and corporations to poor and disenfranchised communities. Each original essay examines many of today's pressing issues: bridging the digital divide; community reinvestment; university and corporate partnerships; and corporate responsibility. From academics and students to nonprofit managers and community leaders to consultants and business professionals, this timely collection brings in voices from all angles.

Excerpt

How do we create a future for everyone in a world where all people have a stake in society and an opportunity to succeed, even thrive? This book is about finding ways to create such opportunities. More specifically, I want to think about the roles that government, corporations, institutions, and nonprofit organizations can, should, and are playing in the creation of a common good. I'm especially interested in discussing how these players can come together to form effective partnerships in their local communities.

In the past, the role of trying to help society has been seen as the role of government agencies and volunteers. But, increasingly, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and institutions are now playing a more active role in the betterment of society. The venture of large institutions into this territory has raised some eyebrows. Some technology companies are emphasizing the need to bridge the "digital divide," and corporations of many types are prioritizing good neighborly behavior and partnerships with nonprofit organizations. Shareholders have begun to influence significantly corporate behavior through, what has become known as, "socially responsible investing." Universities want to be known as good "community partners," and many of the wealthy wish to be "strategic philanthropists." Corporate social responsibility, in itself, has emerged into a vast global

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