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Are You Communicating Effectively About Your Grants?

SOURCE: Versaic


Grant managers, ask yourselves, are we communicating effectively? This is the fourth question posed in the Grant Managers Network (GMN) report Assessing The How of Grantmaking. How does your organization convey its grantmaking goals and procedures? Are your written and verbal communications with grantseekers and grantees clear, intentional, appropriate, and courteous?

The word that jumps out for me here is clear. Clarity is the foundation of effective communication with grantees and prospective partners. In a previous post, I talked about the importance of having a laser focus on your mission and goals, but it bears repeating. Knowing what you’re trying to accomplish and where you’re going is the starting point for effective communication. The next step is your guidelines for support. That’s the entry point for many prospective grantees looking to engage with your organization. Getting this stage right makes all the difference. Prospective partners will understand where they fit – or don’t – with your focus areas. They’ll know exactly what information you need to make a decision. They’ll have reasonable expectations about what level of support they might get from your organization. They’ll understand your process from application through decision.

We spend a lot of time with clients clarifying their guidelines for support. Many come to us without guidelines in place or with existing guidelines that are totally inadequate. These clients are frustrated because they aren’t getting the right information from prospective grantees so they have to go back to the applicants to collect additional input. Or non-profits that clearly aren’t a fit with the organization’s focus areas are submitting proposals, taking up valuable time and resources on both sides.

Our experience with one client illustrates how getting clear guidelines in place can transform the grants communication process. When this organization came to Versaic, they had an overly complex approach to communicating with prospective partners. The organization has multiple regions that make grants, with different programs and program managers in each region. Each region had its own processes and guidelines. There was no single place for a prospective grantee to go to determine how they might engage with that organization. Needless to say, there were missed opportunities, dropped balls and confusion with grantees.

By implementing a centralized approach, the client got very clear on their goals and process. They were able to maintain their regional programs but with a common entry point in place, the confusion inside and outside the company evaporated. A clear, interactive set of guidelines and grant application means that information is provided at the right stage so applicants who aren’t a fit are given that feedback in a timely way and applicants that are a fit are prompted to submit the needed information. Proposals get to the right program managers for review and follow up. This level of clarity is continued throughout the process so grantees understand when decisions will be made and what they can expect from the organization. We hear from this client that putting clear guidelines in place has transformed the communication with their community partners. No more frustration and wasted time, response times are improved and engagement with grantees is more positive. Not a bad outcome for investing the reasonable amount of time required to establish clarity right up front.

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Workplace Boost: Work and Life, Finding the Fit that’s Right for You

Career navigation insights from annual leadership conference hosted by BNY Mellon’s WIN Pittsburgh chapter



During its third annual Leadership Conference, several hundred attendees joined the WIN Pittsburgh chapter of BNY Mellon and industry experts for an in-depth discussion of how to confidently navigate your career. WIN, BNY Mellon’s global resource for the professional development and advancement of women, is employee-led with chapters around the world.

“Everyone makes decisions on how to divide their time and commitments between work and life,” said Catherine Giunta Ph. D., Seton Hill University. Guinta’s thought-provoking session delved into strategies for learning how to make deliberate choices. Better choices are the foundation of better time and stress management, as well as personal and professional balance. Everyone makes decisions on how to divide their time and commitments between work and life, so ask yourself two fundamental questions to better manage stress:

  • Am I being deliberate about the choices I am making in my life and my career?
  • What matters to me?

Recognize that needs and priorities will likely change as you progress in your life and career. Look for the fit that’s right for you.

The conference is part of BNY Mellon’s 2014 global diversity and inclusion campaign. To join our talent community, visit www.bnymellon.com/careers.


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Voya Financial Recognized as a ‘Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality’ for 10th Consecutive Year

Perfect score achieved on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index

SOURCE: Voya Financial, Inc.


November 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Voya Financial (NYSE: VOYA), formerly ING U.S., announced today that it has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality. The 2015 Index, which was administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, marked the 10th consecutive year that Voya has received a perfect CEI score.

“We’re proud to be acknowledged as a company that embraces diversity and appreciates the unique skills and perspectives that every employee brings to our business,” said EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer Kevin Silva. “This recognition continues to validate Voya’s efforts to be an organization that places a high value on maintaining an inclusive, high-performing culture while living out our corporate values.”

The 2015 CEI rated 971 businesses, evaluating LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. Voya’s efforts to satisfy all CEI criteria resulted in a 100 percent score and designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.” To view the full 2015 report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

“In order to achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating their LGBT employees fairly and equally on the job. We also look at whether a company is speaking out in the public square to advocate for LGBT equality here in this country and around the world,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “Voya not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”

As an industry leader and advocate for greater retirement readiness, Voya is committed to delivering on its vision to be America’s Retirement CompanyTM and on its mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family and one institution at a time. 


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About the Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBT equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, the organization strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


About Voya Financial

Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), formerly ING U.S., is composed of premier retirement, investment and insurance companies serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States. The company’s vision is to be America’s Retirement CompanyTM and its guiding principle is centered on solving the most daunting financial challenge facing Americans today — retirement readiness. Working directly with clients and through a broad group of financial intermediaries, independent producers, affiliated advisors and dedicated sales specialists, Voya provides a comprehensive portfolio of asset accumulation, asset protection and asset distribution products and services. With a dedicated workforce of approximately 7,000 employees, Voya is grounded in a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time.  For more information, visit http://voya.com or view our Voya Financial Interactive Company Profile.  Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.

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New Networking Group Expands CBRE’s Engagement with Military Experienced Professionals

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.


Los Angeles, CA, November 18, 2014 /3BL Media/ – CBRE Group, Inc. has added CBRE Military to the lineup of networking groups serving its more than 23,000 employees across the U.S. The group’s mission is to bridge the gap between military life and the corporate world for current and prospective employees with military experience.

CBRE Military aims to build upon the success of the company’s Junior Military Officer (JMO) program, founded in 2012. Through the JMO program, 540 military experienced candidates have connected with CBRE volunteers who have a similar military background. The job candidates and CBRE volunteers work together to identify potential job placement with CBRE or a client’s business. Now, through CBRE Military, the program scope is broadening to provide networking, development opportunities and mentoring to ensure CBRE employees with military experience are in fulfilling roles that best suit their skill sets and career goals. 

Grayson Gill, Chief Operations Officer for Asset Services, and Scott Reppert, Managing Director for GCS, were involved with the JMO program from its inception, and have been named the Co-Executive Sponsors for CBRE Military. 

“Our military experienced employees are vital to the success of our business and our operations,” said Mr. Gill. “CBRE Military will work to recruit, develop and retain these employees in a way that sets them up for success in our corporate environment while speaking to their military background.”

Raising CBRE Military to official networking group status further solidifies CBRE’s commitment to provide an environment that welcomes and embraces the talents, needs and interests of military experienced employees. CBRE has received several accolades for its military recruitment and retention efforts:

  • Ranked #53 on Victory Media’s Top 100 Military Friendly® Employers list for 2015
  • Designated as a Military Spouse Friendly Employer® for 2015
  • Named a Top Veteran-Friendly Company by U.S. Veterans Magazine for 2014
  • Recognized as a Most Valuable Employer for Military by Civilianjobs.com for 2014 

“We are proud to be recognized as an employer of choice for those who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces, but we know our work is not done,” said Jennifer Ashley, Global Director, Human Resources. “CBRE Military signifies another step toward ensuring we do our very best to meet the needs of our military experienced employees throughout their career.” 

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cb​re.com​​.


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Colleges Get Chevy Support for Clean Energy Efforts

SOURCE: General Motors


Imagine an entire college campus’ heating and cooling powered by the thermal storage of the Earth. Or residence halls peppered with solar arrays and daylit spaces.

Universities around the country are aggressively reducing their carbon footprint and going above and beyond to combat climate change.

But these carbon-reducing projects require a big investment. Thanks to a new pathway pioneered by Chevy and several climate experts, colleges now have another revenue source to get these projects to see the light of day.

For the first time, colleges can access funding from the U.S. carbon market to fuel their large-scale energy efficiency efforts toward even greater progress through a new carbon credit methodology.

Chevrolet also is purchasing 11 colleges campuses’ energy efficiency-based carbon reductions – an investment of up to $5 million – and retiring them to benefit the climate. This means these carbon credits will never be used to offset Chevrolet vehicles or operations.

It’s all part of Chevy’s voluntary initiative to reduce 8 million metric tons of carbon from being emitted. To put that number into perspective, that’s the equivalent of Boston University reducing its emissions to zero for 65 years.

As we inch closer toward meeting that commitment, we wanted to help open the door for other companies to contribute to such clean energy projects. This way, campuses can continue to receive funding from companies’ carbon purchases long after we complete our carbon-reduction initiative next year.

The revenue from carbon credits help colleges reinvest in even more clean energy technologies so that they move closer to their goals — from incremental reductions all the way to carbon neutral commitments — more quickly.

As a bonus, utility bills decrease and students learn how they too can help lead a clean energy future. Take Southern Oregon University students, for example. They spearheaded the securing of this Chevy funding and are running an energy conservation campaign to get students involved in campus conservation efforts. Boston University student interns helped lead their campus through its carbon credit certification process, and convened a broader social media conversation on the importance of clean energy.

See how these colleges around the nation are taking bold steps to reduce their carbon load on the atmosphere, and join the conversation with students, university and climate leaders on the importance of clean energy via #CleanEnergyU.

  • Ball State University is creating the nation’s largest ground-source, closed-loop district geothermal energy system to provide heating and cooling for all 47 campus buildings. The switch cuts its carbon footprint by nearly half.
  • Portland State University committed to achieve net-zero emissions from campus operations by 2040, and champions climate change action beyond its own borders.
  • Spelman College aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions 100 percent by 2056 while inspiring its students to take action toward a cleaner energy future.
  • University of Illinois at Chicago’s LEED-Gold Douglas Hall features 245 solar panels, geothermal heating, daylighting, and occupancy detectors. It set a precedent for high-performing LEED buildings to earn carbon credit funding.
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point switched from coal to natural gas at its heating plant and may use its new funds to power a wind turbine demonstration.
  • Boston University met its 25 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal six years early, and will use Chevy funds to build its Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund to fuel future sustainability projects.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology hopes to be carbon neutral by 2030. Its business incubator expands start-ups’ clean energy solutions across the country, and Chevy funding will accelerate further sustainability innovation.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has reduced its dependence on coal, while retro-commissioning 50 buildings to improve heating and cooling. The university will match Chevy funds to drive further progress toward reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 100 percent by 2050.
  • Valencia College is implementing lighting retrofits, chiller plant and HVAC upgrades, using Chevy funding to drive additional efficiency projects.
  • Grand Valley State University’s energy-efficient practices are central to the campus culture. The millions of dollars saved from energy efficiency improvements and Chevy funds allow it to reinvest in the university.
  • Southern Oregon University is striving to reach its carbon neutral goal by 2050 by investing in green buildings, such as its LEED Gold Raider Village featuring daylit common spaces and 153 kilowatts of solar photovoltaics.

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SAP to Advance Student Application Development Skills Globally With Cloud Program



November 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – SAP NEWSBYTE – SAP SE (NYSE:SAP) announced the launch of a student cloud program that supports computer science, entrepreneurship and business studies at universities and colleges worldwide. SAP will provide eligible and selected students and faculty with complimentary access to a developer license for SAP HANA® Cloud Platform, an open standards-based platform-as-a-service from SAP. SAP HANA Cloud Platform helps enable students and faculty to build modern user-friendly applications that can be consumed via mobile, tablet or desktop via SAP Web IDE. Students and faculty will also be able to integrate analytics into their mobile applications. This announcement was made at SAP TechEd && d-code, being held November 11–13 in Berlin. 

“Empowering the next generation of software developers is a strategic initiative for SAP and we want to ensure students around the globe have access to our cutting-edge software that is dramatically changing the landscape of the business world,” said Steve Lucas, president, Platform Solutions Group, SAP. “By working closely with students and faculty SAP hopes to make software and application development a more strategic part of university curriculums worldwide.” 

“To inspire student developers and entrepreneurs globally, SAP University Alliances is also announcing an ambassador program in conjunction with the student cloud program,” said Ann Rosenberg, vice president, SAP University Alliances. “This is an exclusive honor for four regional ambassadors to serve as a student developer evangelist for one year, providing them an opportunity to be recognized as a leader in cutting-edge innovation. They will inspire others with their innovative apps leveraging SAP HANA Cloud Platform and may be showcased at SAP events as well as through social media.” 

SAP will also be providing online support and training to eligible and selected students and faculty to help provide smooth best-practice application development. 

The SAP University Alliances program exposes students to leading SAP technologies and experts through networking and educational activities, social media and partner networking. The program reaches students worldwide, increasing their access to SAP solutions, careers and opportunities. SAP University Alliances also conducts popular innovation sharing events like SAP InnoJam events and application development programs globally. 

For more information, visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews

Media Contact:
Julia Fargel, +1 (650) 276-8964, julia.fargel@sap.com, PST
Cathrin von Osten, +49 (6227) 7-63908, cathrin.von.osten@sap.com, CET 

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Quiz: What You Don’t Know About South American Energy

Quiz by Joe Eaton

SOURCE: The Great Energy Challenge


South America has vast energy resources, but how much do you know about the needs and reserves of its individual countries?

Visit The Great Energy Challenge Energy Quiz Hub and put your energy IQ to the test.


About The Great Energy Challenge
Energy is an issue that touches every person on the planet. That’s why National Geographic, in partnership with Shell, has launched The Great Energy Challenge.

The Great Energy Challenge convenes and engages influential citizens and key energy stakeholders in solutions-based thinking and dialogue about our shared energy future.

It’s a call to action to become actively involved, to learn more and do more—to change how we think about and consume energy so that we can all help tackle the big energy questions.

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Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Metals Products Sector

Sustainability – What Matters in the Metals Products Sector?

SOURCE: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.


November 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Metals Products Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 14 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Metals Products Sector are:

  1. Materials
  2. Overall (Environmental)
  3. Water
  4. Prevention of Forced and Compulsory Labor
  5. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  6. Indigenous Rights
  7. Security Practices
  8. Child Labor
  9. Emissions, Effluents and Waste
  10. Anti-Competitive Behavior

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:

The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:

Organizations included in the Metals Products Sector study are:

Acerinox SA, Acindar Grupo Arcelor Mittar, Alcoa, APERAM, ArcelorMittal, ArcelorMittal USA, BHP Billiton, Componenta, CSC STEEL HOLDINGS BERHAD, Elval, Essar Steel, Franke Artemis Group, Halcor, Inscape Office Furniture Corporation, JSW Steel Ltd., La Farga Group, Metair Investments Limited, METALLOINVEST,NLMK (Novolipetsk Steel), Novelis, NUCOR Corporation, Nyrstar, OutoKumpu, PELLICONI, Qatalum, Qatar Steel Company, Rautaruukki, SABAF, SAIL, Sandvik, SKF Group, SSAB, STX Metal, Talvivaara, Tata Steel, The Doe Run Company, Umicore, USIMINAS, V & M do Brasil, Xstrata, Copper Canada, Xstrata Copper Peru, Yamana Desenvolvimento Mineral

About G&A Institute (www.ga-institute.com)
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (www.ga-institute.com/research-reports/sustainability-what-matters/fact-sheet).  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (phamilton@ga-institute.com).

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KEYWORDS: Reports, Business & Trade, Metals, Metals Products, Metals Products Sector, G3.1 Guidelines, G4 guidelines, GRI, GRI Aspects, materiality, sustainability reporting

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