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Arlene Lieberman, Executive Director, Barney & Barney Foundation

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Sneak Peak of the RTF 2016 Headliner: Atomic Groove

By Arlene Lieberman, Executive Director, Barney & Barney Foundation

clock September 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Returning to the Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, this year’s Rock the Foundation benefit concert is sure to be another fun-filled event that you don’t want to miss! This year, the Barney & Barney Foundation will be awarding over $200,000 in grants, part of which will be presented to San Diego non-profits at Rock the Foundation: Boy’s & Girl’s Club of San Dieguito, Junior Achievement of San Diego County, Social Advocates for Youth, and Women’s Resource Center of Oceanside.

Check out the video below for a sneak peek of our awesome headliner, Atomic Groove. With a repertoire ranging from classic rock to dance jams from the 60’s to today's hits, Atomic Groove is a high-energy band, sure to get you on your feet and dancing!

Join us on Thursday, September 29th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds as we rock out with an amazing band, enjoy delicious food and drinks and celebrate our 2016 grant recipients. Get your tickets today: http://bidpal.net/rtf2016

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Topics: Community Outreach, Culture

Giving Back: 6 Steps to Creating a Corporate Community Involvement Program

By Arlene Lieberman, Executive Director, Barney & Barney Foundation

clock February 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Community involvement programs are gaining momentum at companies of all sizes and for good reason. Employees love giving back, it’s great for fueling morale, and it’s important for the non-profits. It’s a definite win-win-win.

In 2014, the Barney & Barney Foundation introduced The Community Challenge, a fun way to encourage associates to give of their time and talent. From June 2014 to February 2015, Marsh & McLennan Agency associates collectively volunteered over 4,400 hours at more than 100 non-profit organizations. To get feedback on the value of the program, the Foundation surveyed the company’s employees and was pleased to see the results, particularly related to associate participation. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents confirmed that the program has encouraged them to be more involved in their community.

Here are some of the things we learned in the process of creating the Community Challenge. We hope these six steps will inspire your company and help you implement your own community involvement program.

1. Challenge

Setting a company goal gives employees something to shoot for and allows your company to track measurable metrics.

At the program’s inception, we challenged our associates to reach a cumulative 5,000 hours in nine months, which totaled just over an hour per person, per month. Although we didn’t quite reach our goal, associates demonstrated a drive to volunteer and the Challenge organizers are confident that the company will make that goal when given a full year.

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Topics: Community Outreach

The Impact of Community Involvement in the Workplace

By Arlene Lieberman, Executive Director, Barney & Barney Foundation

clock December 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Since the inception of the Barney & Barney Foundation in 2009, our associates have been actively involved in the growth and success of the foundation. Each year, associates nominate nonprofits in their community to become grant recipients at our annual “Rock the Foundation” concert event. Fundraising for this event is widely supported by the associates through both ticket sales and volunteerism leading up to and during the event. As a natural outgrowth of this associate involvement and in recognition of the value of volunteer hours, in 2014 the foundation launched a sister initiative—the Community Challenge.

What we learned is this: If you challenge an associate, be ready for a landslide of activity. From June 2014 to February 2015, Barney & Barney associates collectively volunteered over 4,400 hours at more than 100 non-profit organizations. Based on the current estimated value of volunteer time used by the government, this is the equivalent of over $100,000 in additional funds for those organizations.1

The impact to the foundation and the nonprofits in our community was apparent but we wanted to hear from our associates. What impact did the Community Challenge have on the associates, specifically related to employee recruitment and retention, the firm’s reputation, and increased community involvement?

Here is what they had to say:

  1. Recruitment

The survey responses suggested that community involvement helps us to recruit talent. Of the sixty-two respondents hired after July 2014, when the Community Challenge was launched, 45% said that community involvement was important in their decision to work at Barney & Barney and 60% discussed Marsh & McLennan Agency's community involvement in their interviews.

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Topics: Community Outreach, Human Resources

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