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Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
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The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) is an only international forum of business leaders. CECP provides member companies with peer-to-peer executive convenings, networking events for corporate giving industry professionals, research and thought leadership publications, a proprietary, on-demand benchmarking system of corporate philanthropy data, and media opportunities.
In 1998, Paul Newman approached John C. Whitehead and Peter L. Malkin about creating an organization that would encourage companies to commit greater resources to charitable investments, and CECP was born. In 2000, the group recruited Ken Derr, retired Chevron CEO, to serve as co-chair. CECP has since grown to include more than 180 CEO members — representing 150 major corporations and over $10 billion of annual corporate giving.
CECP is located in New York City; however, its member companies are located across the globe. CECP’s member companies account for more than 40% of reported corporate giving in the United States.
CECP’s annual Summit convenes up to 250 senior corporate philanthropists from many of the world’s most influential companies. Over the course of two days in June, CECP delivers new data and research relevant to corporate philanthropy, presents inspiring keynote speakers such as U.S. President Bill Clinton, General Colin Powell, and Andre Agassi, and offers participants an open forum to discuss the important trends, success stories, and giving priorities affecting corporate philanthropy.
Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy
Every year since 2000, CECP honors two corporations that best exemplify the Standards of Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy: CEO leadership, partnership, dedication to measurement, and innovation. In addition, CECP created the Directors’ Award in 2004 to recognize a distinguished nonprofit organization that has built a highly effective corporate partnership. The Directors’ Award includes a $25,000 cash donation made by CECP directors to the winning nonprofits.
Corporate Giving Standard
The Corporate Giving Standard (CGS) is a peer benchmarking tool for corporate giving professionals. Each year through this annual survey, CECP collects and reports data on numerous aspects of corporate giving programs internationally. Launched in 2001, the CGS now features over $60 billion in corporate giving data. The CGS allows peer-to-peer company comparisons, aggregated industry benchmarks, and internal year-over-year spending analyses. Giving professionals define their own peer groups to create online customized reports, particularly valuable in planning giving strategy and presenting to senior management.
Drawn from the CGS, the annual Giving in Numbers report provides thorough analysis and comprehensive benchmarking data for corporate philanthropy professionals seeking to assess the scope of their contributions initiatives.                
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