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The Importance of Giving in Recruiting Today’s Top Talent

How can you make a mark on today's top talent?

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If you are a business leader looking to grow your business (so really, if you are a business leader!) then you obsess over talent. You know that growth won’t be possible without attracting top talent. You also probably know that today’s top talent is — and will continue to be — millennial. And you should now know that millennials care

Millennials are the largest population in the US workforce now (36%), and will be an overwhelming majority (75%) by 2025, according to Brookings. And as we mentioned, they give a shit about giving!

64% of millennials won’t take a job from a company that doesn’t have strong Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. (Source: Cone Millennial Engagement Study)

This stat is powerful and might elicit different kinds of responses. Maybe you think this stat doesn’t mean much and that millennials won’t actually turn a job down if a company doesn’t have strong CSR practices. Maybe you realize the value in giving back and are curious what to do next.

If it’s the former, we’d ask the value of being right in this case? Being able to successfully hire talented millennials despite your company not being philanthropic doesn’t seem like much to celebrate. If it’s the former, we’ve got you covered! We specialize in helping growing companies engage their teams in giving, and a big part of our work is displaying that giving to boost brand identity and — you guessed it — recruitment.

Below, we’ve listed some things to think about when leveraging giving as part of your recruitment. (Note: these are intended for companies that have some foundation of philanthropy within their organization. Many of the companies we work with do not, and that’s part of the value we add. If you are a company that does not, email us at [email protected])

  • Review your recruiting profiles: Built In, Glassdoor, etc. all have Benefits & Perks related to your workplace giving & volunteering programs. (Super easy)
  • Summarize your giving efforts and include them in your job descriptions. (Easy)
  • Look back at your giving efforts and put a report together that external stakeholders can see showcasing the impact you’ve created in the communities in which you work and live. (Not so easy, unless you’ve got Percent Pledge)
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