Midwest Corporate Philanthropy Webinar Series: Effective Employee Engagement Strategies

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm CST
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Description: Effective employee engagement efforts have been shown to improve employee retention, boost employee satisfaction, and even improve a company’s financial performance. So, how do you effectively engage employees? Join us to learn about how two Midwest-based companies are approaching employee engagement through employee giving, volunteerism, and other efforts, both locally and across the footprints of their respective companies.

Kristin Ridley, Senior Advisor at the Opus Foundation and Michael Stroik, Senior Manager at 3Mgives will highlight their current employee engagement efforts, share new strategies they are piloting in 2017, and provide insight on future possibilities in employee engagement.


  • Kristin Ridley, Senior Advisor, Opus Foundation
  • Michael Stroik, Senior Manager, 3Mgives

Presenter Bios:

~Kristin Ridley brings nearly twenty years’ experience with corporate citizenship and community initiatives.  She currently manages strategic grant making for Opus Foundation, working to deliver philanthropic impact across Opus communities nationwide.  Her primary responsibilities include advancing community involvement initiatives, fostering partnerships with high-quality non-profit organizations and promoting employment engagement opportunities. 

Prior to joining Arbor, Kristin served as the community relations manager for Graco Inc., where she was responsible for all aspects of the corporate giving program, including foundation grants, employee volunteer initiatives and board relations. In addition, she has worked with several nonprofits, focusing on program management and evaluation, strategic planning, volunteer recruitment, fund-raising and direct service.  Kristin holds a master’s degree in human service planning and administration and a bachelor’s degree in social work.

~As 3Mgives Senior Manager, Michael Stroik oversees 3M’s global community affairs strategy – serving as Chair of the 3M Global Advisory Council. Michael strives to harness the immense potential of 3M employees, technologies, and products to identify solutions to the world’s most complex social and environmental challenges.

Prior to 3M, Michael led CECP’s research process on corporate social responsibility and authored the premiere benchmarking report for giving officers, Giving in Numbers.  He also worked for Target Corporation in supply chain management and community relations. Michael received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington where he served as a Research Fellow. Michael and his wife, Jenny, are the proud parents of two young boys: Charlie and Parker.

2017 Midwest Corporate Giving Webinar Series

Regional Associations from four Midwest states have collaborated to present a series of six webinars designed for companies with a corporate foundation, advised fund at a community foundation, or a giving program. This series specifically targets business professionals who want to think smarter and perform better when it comes to combining their corporate mission with philanthropic action.

Corporate philanthropy is an essential business function that helps support communities where companies are based, foster employee engagement, and generate business value. Individuals want to work for companies that support their communities, and consumers want to purchase goods from companies that are doing good in the world. The Midwest Corporate Giving webinar series offers data supporting the need for corporate philanthropy and development strategies to help giving programs succeed.

  • 2/22/2017 | Effective Employee Engagement Strategies (hosted by Minnesota Council on Foundations)
  • 4/19/2017 | CSR as a Talent Attraction and Retention Strategy (hosted by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance)
  • 6/28/2017 | Measuring Your Giving ROI (hosted by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance)
  • 8/23/2017 | Leveraging Grants Management for Effective Grantmaking (hosted by Philanthropy Ohio)
  • 10/18/2017 | Triple Bottom Line Best Practices (hosted by Minnesota Council on Foundations)
  • 12/13/2017 | Connected, but Different: Empowering Giving Programs Across Geographies (hosted by Council of Michigan Foundations)


$35 for partnership members

$50 for members of other associations and non-members

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the webinars, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the concepts and strategies related to effective corporate giving strategies.
  2. Connect with like-minded corporate giving professionals in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Minnesota.
  3. Utilize tools and best practices to design and implement effective corporate giving strategies.

Presented by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Council of Michigan Foundations, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Ohio

Register by: 2/20/17

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