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The State of Community Engagement and Philanthropy...

The State of Community Engagement and Philanthropy in NEO

Results of BVU’s 2017 Business Partner Survey

Would you allocate more resources to your community engagement and philanthropic efforts if you could prove their bottom line impact? Are your current investments in those areas likely to remain the same in 2017 as they were in 2016? If you answered yes to any the previous questions, you aren’t alone. In fact, you’re in the clear majority according to the 2017 Business Partner Survey.

BVU surveyed 100 business leaders from Northeast Ohio to gain insight into community engagement and philanthropy trends. We also uncovered areas where organizations could use more support from external partners. To see where you fall among your peers in terms of your philanthropic outlook or your organization’s community engagement focus, view the complete results: 2017 Business Partner Survey


The Purpose at Work Journal provides business leaders with actionable insights and transformative tools to help their organizations do good to do well. This concept, that strengthening the community and the bottom line are not mutually exclusive, is a developing trend in the business world. The Purpose at Work Journal is powered by BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence who strengthens the leadership and expands the capacity of hundreds of nonprofits in Northeast Ohio, while enabling businesses and employers to build strategic, powerful and enduring relationships with the community.

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