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The Institute for CSR – Practical and Applicable for CSR Professionals at All Levels – U.S. Chamber of Commerce, October 22, 2018

Laura Howard, senior program manager of community benefit at Kaiser Permanente, discusses how her participation in the 2017 Institute for CSR has enhanced her knowledge and ensured her work supports the goals of her organization.

CSR Professionals, ISO Inspiriation? – LinkedIn, January 22, 2018

As the Institute begins its fifth year, hear from Tamara Copeland, past-President of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers – one of the Institute’s leading partners – as she reflects on the program’s growth, evolution and focus on inspiring participants.

Why IBM Invests Time and Dollars in the Institute for CSR – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Center, December 4, 2017

The Institute for CSR was designed by and for the CSR field as a practical, interactive, and affordable professional development opportunity. Hear from IBM’s Diane Melley on why the company invests its time and dollars into the Institute for CSR.

Why I traveled almost 6,000 miles to attend the Institute for CSR – Daily WRAG, November 16, 2017

Since the launch of the Institute in 2014, the program has attracted CSR professionals from around across the country. Sunday Kubba Hassan with Central Bank of Nigeria is the first international graduate from the Institute. In this piece, Sunday reflects on why his company decided to send him to the Institute and how he has used the knowledge he gained since graduating in 2016.

Alumni Reflections: Advisory Board Company – The Daily WRAG, February 22, 2017

Rachel Tappis, Director of Community Impact at The Advisory Board Company, reflects on her time in the Institute for CSR, and the invaluable knowledge she gained from the program.

Alumni Reflections: Booz Allen Hamilton – The Daily WRAG, February 15, 2017

Laura Schmiegel, Senior Manager of Community Partnerships at Booz Allen Hamilton, reflects on her time in the Institute for CSR, and the benefits of participating in the program regardless of your experience level.

Alumni Reflections: Cigna – The Daily WRAG, February 8, 2017

David Figliuzzi, Executive Director of Cigna Foundation and Civic Affairs, reflects on his time in the Institute for CSR, and how valuable it was to interact with peers from various industries.

Alumni Reflections: Deloitte – The Daily WRAG, February 2, 2017

Inaugural class member Kelly Waldron, currently Director of Capacity and Performance at United Way Worldwide and formerly with Deloitte, reflects on her experience at the Institute for CSR and offers tips to help future participants get the most out of the class.

CSR Q&A: Katy Moore – Washington Business Journal, November 17, 2016

WRAG’s Managing Director of Corporate Strategy, Katy Moore, discusses how and why she launched the Institute for CSR.

U.S. Chamber Foundation Joins Institute for CSR – CSRwire, October 19, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announces that it will join the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility as an active marketing and thought partner to help expand the reach of the program and position the Institute as a national leader in the CSR professional development space.

Exploring the Business of CSR – Daily WRAG, February 19, 2015

Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility class of 2015 member Rachel Tappis discusses the opportunity to network with fellow CSR practitioners, while being “immersed in the theory behind what we do.”

A Fresh Take on CSR Professional Development – Volunteer Match, December 18, 2014

It’s the start of a new year and many in the field of CSR are seeking professional development opportunities. WRAG’s Director of Corporate Strategy, Katy Moore, shares her recommendation.

The Year in Review – Daily WRAG, November 3, 2014

Take a peak inside our first year of the Institute for CSR with a Social Media walk down memory lane.  You can relive moments from each of our four classes throughout 2014.

A Fresh Take – Daily WRAG, September 3, 2014

Lori Vacek, Foundation Manager at the Freddie Mac Foundation, offers her take on why the Institute for CSR has been a breath of fresh air for those engaged in making a difference through their work.

Building Green: PNC’s Regional President talks sustainability with Institute of CSR Daily WRAG, August 14, 2014

Mike Harreld, Regional President for PNC Bank – Greater Washington Area, speaks to the Institute for CSR participants about going green.

Why I’m Excited for July – Daily WRAG, June 19, 2014

Deloitte LLP’s Kelly Waldron, a member of the inaugural class of the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility, explains how she is putting the experience to good use at her day-to-day job and why she can’t wait for the next session to begin

Acting in Business with a Conscience – Washington Post Brand Connect, March 14, 2014

…[Tim McClimon, President of the American Express Foundation] sees the need for more formalized training in corporate social responsibility, as well as more research into the issue. ‘Companies all over the world realize that they need to act in a socially responsible manner in order to survive,’ McClimon said. ‘Everyone in the world is grappling with it.’”

The Institute for CSR offers immediate benefits – Daily WRAG, January 28, 2014

“Rarely do we as CSR leaders get to engage in nuanced, thoughtful discussions on how to build a vision and execution strategy that will yield the greatest social and business impact. Due to [The Institute for CSR’s] lead faculty member Tim McClimon’s brilliant facilitation, high quality speakers, and the expertise of fellow participants, we were able to have these types of discussions from basically 9-5 each day…”

A peek into The Institute for CSRy – Daily WRAG, January 28, 2014

Late last week, WRAG welcomed the first class of the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. CSR leaders from our region and far beyond gathered for the first two-day session of the year-long program – and we’re excited to say that things couldn’t have gone better.

D.C. nonprofit gets into the corporate social responsibility education arena Washington Business Journal, January 24, 2014

The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ name spells out its mission — it supports 100 member grantmaking groups around the region. And starting Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, it helps administer a social corporate responsibility certification to business leaders nationwide with Johns Hopkins University. We talk with Katy Moore, WRAG’s member services director who helped create the institute…

What are CSR leaders putting on their holiday wish lists this year? Daily WRAG, December 18, 2013

“We are always looking for ways that we can increase the impact of our assets for the benefit of communities we serve. The Institute promises to help us learn from others on new and creative ways to do so,” says Holly Potter, vice president for brand communication at Kaiser Permanente.

Developing CSR Professionals CSR Now!, October 7, 2013

“As the profession of Corporate Social Responsibility continues to evolve from strategic philanthropy to sustainability to shared value and beyond, it is increasingly important that Corporate Social Responsibility professionals – and those wishing to become CSR professionals – have the training necessary to advance and enhance the field.” – Tim McClimon, President, American Express Foundation

Introducing the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility – Daily WRAG, September 25, 2013

Corporate social responsibility has become an intrinsic part of the modern business world as customers, employees, and society as a whole place more pressure on companies to be socially responsible. Having highly-skilled professionals who can navigate the ever-growing and changing CSR landscape is becoming increasingly important.” – Tim McClimon, American Express Foundation

The Institute for CSR aims to fill a service gap in an important field – Daily WRAG, September 25, 2013

About 18 months ago, our corporate members encouraged us to go beyond our traditional learning sessions to consider offering a professional development course specifically for them. As we began researching the possibilities, we identified a service gap and a real need for a high-quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective CSR curriculum in the mid-Atlantic region.

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers Launches Professional Certificate in CSR in Partnership with Johns Hopkins University – Daily WRAG, September 25, 2013

The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility is an exciting step forward for philanthropy,” said Tamara Copeland, president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG). “By learning together and developing a common skill set, CSR professionals from companies of all sizes will become equipped to maximize the impact of their philanthropic dollars at a time when our country needs them the most.”