Philanthropy Speaks Volumes At Annual Luncheon
May 3, 2019
Our community is hungry for ideas that put our values into practice. The Community Foundation delivered them at its annual Philanthropy Speaks event on Wednesday, May 1st. An audience of 165 local leaders, philanthropists and professional advisors gathered at University of Mary Washington's Jepson Alumni Executive Center.
The featured 2019 guest speaker was Andrew Kassoy, co-founder of the global nonprofit B Lab, which certifies companies as B Corporations using a rigorous system that measures ways these companies create environmental or social benefits. B Lab's misson is to create a movement of people using business as force for good. Kassoy explained how he and two friends from Stanford Business School co-founded B Lab as a way to create a community of companies with high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
The presentation sparked a number of interesting questions about obstacles companies might face pursuing the certified B Corporation distinction, ways policies governing the process differ from state to state, whether trends related to benefit corporations are being taught in business schools and about profittability of certified B Corporations.
The Community Foundation thanks these 2019 Sponsors for bringing bold ideas to our community:
Atlantic Union Bank
Bishop Farmer and Co., LLP
Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC
Wack General Contractor
The Community Foundation shares ideas, convenes leaders and advances collaboration for the vitality and well-being of the Rappahannock River region.