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“Consumer expectations are changing and quality and affordability aren’t all that matter. Companies’ social and environmental practices are also being closely watched. Brands that want to thrive in the future need to adjust to their stakeholders’ expectations by finding their collective purpose and communicating it well. Let’s find out about the expectations of today’s consumers.”
“Consumers Want Transparent & Authentic Companies That Care About Social And Environmental Issues”
Andre Goncalves
You Matter
December 17, 2018

“More than half of online consumers around the world (55 percent) will pay more for products and services from companies that are socially and environmentally responsible. North America (42 percent) and Europe (40 percent) lag behind the Asia-Pacific region (64 percent), Latin America (63 percent), and Africa and the Middle East (63 percent).”
“Consumers Will Pay More For Corporate Social Responsibility”
Patrick Sullivan
The NonProfit Times
June 17, 2014

“If you are a company and make it part of your marketing strategy to donate to charity, you are doing things backwards. You need to donate to charity as part of your “responsibility” as a company, and you will be rewarded from the marketing effect.”
“Small Businesses Can Give Back Too: You Don’t Need to Be a Corporation to Practice Corporate Social Responsibility”
Mike Wood
All Business
No Date

“However, the benevolent halo effect was diminished when a company advertised its corporate social responsibility efforts. Advertising may not be the best approach for companies to inform customers about their charitable activities. Social media and public relations may be more effective in convincing consumers of the benevolent nature of a company’s actions and thereby increase the positive impact of corporate social responsibility on the perceived performance of a company’s products.”
“Do Consumers Think Products Are Better When Companies Donate to Charities?”
Vladimir Dovijarov
March 31, 2015

“If someone else brags on your behalf, it’s a fantastic way to get the message across because it doesn’t feel like you’re the one looking for credit,” Norton said.
“Braggers Gonna Brag, But It Usually Backfires”
Tia Ghose
May 15, 2015

“Local nonprofit groups that responded to the violence by cleaning streets, building playgrounds, mentoring children and employing young men had a real effect on the crime rate. That’s what Patrick Sharkey, a sociologist at New York University, argues in a new study and a forthcoming book. Mr. Sharkey doesn’t contend that community groups alone drove the national decline in crime, but rather that their impact is a major missing piece.”
“The Unsung Role That Ordinary Citizens Played in the Great Crime Decline”
Emily Badger
The New York Times
November 9, 2017

“According to Anthony Murphy, executive director of Philadelphia-based Town Watch Integrated Services, an organization of more than 720 town watch groups, the most successful programs are those that simply help people become better neighbors. By organizing patrols, block parties, and neighborhood cleanups, these watch groups encourage people to get to know those who live nearby.When you are aware “of the things that are going on around you, it makes you more equipped to address situations before they get out of hand,” he says.”
“Police Your Community: Create A Watch Group”
Jessica Rettig
U.S. News & World Report
December 2010, page 69.

“The report finds that levels of civic engagement in 2006 and 2008 strongly predicted how well states and large metro areas would weather the unemployment crisis of 2006-10. When we combined in one model eight economic factors thought to predict unemployment (ranging from the housing bubble and state GDP to educational attainment) along with five important civic measures–volunteering, working with neighbors on community problems, attending meetings, registering to vote, and voting–we found that the civic measures were strongly related to changes in employment from 2006-2010, but none of the economic factors was associated with employment to a statistically significant degree.”
“Civic Health And Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy?”
CIRCLE, The Center For Information & Research On Civic Learning and Engagement
September 16, 2011

“This 2012 Issue Brief explores the relationship between civic engagement and economic resilience. It finds that the density and type of nonprofit organizations in a community, as well as its social cohesion, are important predictors of that community’s ability to withstand unemployment in a recession.”
“Civic Health And Unemployment II: The Case Builds”
National Conference on Citizenship
September 12, 2012

Look up the best local nonprofits near you. Still pay attention to what matters to you in a charity or nonprofit. I look for charities and nonprofits that give control to members of the community. American Christine Keung attended college for one year in northwestern China, her parents’ homeland. She collaborated with local university students on a number of local issues, starting with polluted water. She continues to work with Chinese students on many issues, but with the kind of approach that matters to me:

“It’s not about developing one solution or even five. It’s about developing these students.”
“Doing Good in China”
Justin Worland
Time Magazine
October z


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