Introducing the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility

We’re very excited to pull the curtain back on a special project we’ve been developing for the past 18 months: The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility! The Institute is a new WRAG initiative that we have developed in partnership with Johns Hopkins University. It will offer a professional certificate in corporate social responsibility.

With a curriculum designed by a team that included WRAG members Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, Freddie Mac, the Hitachi Foundation, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, Pepco Holdings, Inc., and Washington Gas, and under the guidance of the American Express Foundation’s Timothy McClimon, the Institute will offer a comprehensive skills building opportunity for CSR professionals.

The Institute is designed to meet the needs of a specific component of the philanthropic community. WRAG’s president, Tamara Copeland, points out:

The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility is an exciting step forward for philanthropy. 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.

The American Express Foundation’s Timothy McClimon, who serves as the Institute’s lead faculty member, notes that the certificate program serves an important function in today’s business landscape:

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.

We hope you’ll visit the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility’s website to learn more about the program! If you have questions about it, please contact Katy Moore.

Press Release: Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers Launches Professional Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility in Partnership with Johns Hopkins University

Related: In today’s Daily, WRAG’s director of membership services, Katy Moore, writes about how the Institute came to be. (Daily, 9/25)

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