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Poised for Impact Playbook Details Cross-Sector Strategies for Effective Volunteerism

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Just a year after speaking at the IMPACT2030 Inaugural Summit, the City of Philadelphia is proud to see leaders from business, government, and nonprofit leading the charge of cross-sector collaborations towards the global goals.

From Left: Stephanie Monahon, Chief Service Officer with the City of Philadelphia; Mayor Jim Kenney; Diane Melley, IBM Vice President for Global Citizenship Initiatives

In the September 2016 address at the United Nations, we boldly called for the corporate and public sectors to drive collaboration that would make meaningful progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our local leaders have responded with action – not only in serving as trailblazers for our city and our region to collaboratively work toward the goals, but in documenting their efforts so that other cities and regions globally can follow in their footsteps.

Through a grant from IBM, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, along with public, private, and nonprofit sector members of the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council (GPCVC), developed a playbook that outlines best practices derived from their journey. The playbook defines key factors for success throughout the GPCVC’s experience, and serves to provide an example to other regions seeking to produce meaningful impact aligned to the SDGs.

The key is to be inclusive – to provide levels of engagement that corporations can elect within the context of their work. Whether that is coming to share best practices, taking a leadership role by participating in the IMPACT 2030 committee or collaborating on volunteer projects with other GPCVC members to impact shared goals, we are providing opportunities for companies of all sizes to get involved. – Chris Major, Manager of Corporate Engagement, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

There is a great deal to learn from the Corporate Volunteer Councils and particularly the GPCVC in successfully convening corporations, nonprofits and local government agencies to work together for collective impact. The playbook will be a valuable resource to other regions that are just beginning the process of organizing private sector and cross-sector collaborations, and as those regions begin to come together to focus their work on the Sustainable Development Goals, the Philadelphia story will serve as a valuable case study.

The playbook provides a clear example of how that work can be accomplished, by building on the foundation provided by past initiatives and equipping today’s leaders with the convening space and guidance that is essential to effect real change.

The Honorable Jim Kenney is Mayor of Philadelphia.

Related Resources:

GPCVC Playbook: Local Impact, Global Change

Poised for Impact: GPCVC’s Action Playbook to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

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