The CIVIC 50 Hampton Roads

The Civic 50 Hampton Roads is an initiative  of Points of Light in partnership with VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, designed to recognize and celebrate the 50 most community-minded companies in Hampton Roads.

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Are you proud of your company’s community engagement work and do you think it helps build a great culture and brand? Have you been trying to better understand and articulate the impact of your volunteering and community engagement programs? We invite you to participate in The Civic 50 Hampton Roads this year! 

Join us on Thursday, February 9 for our Corporate Volunteer Council meeting focused on this years' survey.


About

The Civic 50 Hampton Roads sets the standard for civic engagement and creates a roadmap for companies committed to using their time, talent and resources to drive social impact in their company and community.  

By identifying and celebrating the practices of the most community-minded companies in Hampton Roads, Volunteer Hampton Roads is lighting a path for business leaders who want to help their companies translate good intentions into sound business practices.

The Civic 50 Hampton Roads survey helps companies become more active leaders in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) field and provides valuable benchmarking data to better understand and grow their community impact.

The Civic 50 Hampton Roads selects companies based on four dimensions of their community engagement program: Investment of Resources, Integration Across Business Functions, Institutionalization Through Policies and Systems, and Impact Measurement.

 

Criteria

The Civic 50 Hampton Roads companies are evaluated based on the following four dimensions of their community engagement:

Investment

How extensively and strategically the company applies its resources to community engagement in Hampton Roads, including employee time and skills, cash, in-kind giving and public leadership.

Integration

How a company’s Hampton Roads community engagement program supports business interests and integrates into business functions, or how it “does well by doing good.”

Institutionalization

How the company supports community engagement in Hampton Roads through its organizational policies, systems, and incentives.

Impact

How the company measures the social and business outputs and outcomes of its Hampton Roads community engagement program.

 

Reasons to Participate

Year-Round Recognition

In addition to the announcement, honorees are provided with marketing assets and resources to promote their designation internally and externally.

Align & Scale Your Programs

The Civic 50 OC framework provides companies with a simple, yet effective tool for aligning and scaling their programs to drive greater community impact.

Peer Connections & Learning

Connect with and learn from other leading peer companies to share insights and best practices.

Scorecard Report & Benchmarking

Every company receives a free scorecard report with benchmarking data to help track annual improvement and communicate your impact story.

Storytelling & Inspiration

The framework and assessment tool help companies understand and authentically tell their impact story to inspire others to take action.

Standardized Language

Using the common language and framework accelerates learning and helps advance the sector.

Customers Expect Brands to Act

64% of customers agree: “I believe brands can be a powerful force for change. I expect them to represent me and solve societal problems. My wallet is my vote.”

Employee Expectations Include Societal Change

73% of employees expect prospective employers to shape the future of society.

67% of employees expect a prospective employer to have a greater purpose and their job to have a meaningful societal impact.

2019 and 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer Reports

41% OF ALL ADULTS and 59% of GEN Z have made decisions on products based on a company’s social responsibility

18% OF ALL ADULTS and 41% of GEN Z have considered applying for or taking a job with a company specifically because they believe it is committed to being socially responsible

Points of Light: Engaging Americans in Civic Life (May 2020)

 

The CIVIC 50 Survey

  • Downloadable/editable document with survey questions (Word Document)

How to Start and Access the Survey

Upon your first visit to the survey site, enter your email address. This email will serve as your login for your company’s survey assessment when you return to the survey page. Once you save your work in the survey tool or advance to a new section of the survey, you will receive an automatic message to this email address with a link back to your survey.

How to Collect Your Data

While responses can be added and updated in the survey, many companies find it easier to collect their data offline in a separate document before entering and submitting their responses. Applicants can download this Word document that includes a list of data requirements and the survey questions to help with this process.

How to Save Your Work

To save your progress in each section, please click the green “Save Your Answers Before Completing” or “Next & Save” button at the bottom of each page. Once you save your work in the survey tool or advance to a new section of the survey, you will receive an automatic message to this email address with a link back to your survey.

How to Navigate the Survey

Applicants must respond to each question in a section before navigating to a new section. All responses can updated before submitting your survey. To navigate to another section of the survey, use the links in the left sidebar or use the “Previous & Save” and “Next & Save” buttons at the bottom of the survey page. DO NOT use your browser’s “back” function to move between sections.

How to Download or Print Your Survey Responses

To download your saved survey responses at any time, click the “Print Survey” button in the left sidebar. Please be sure to save your survey before printing it.

How to Submit Your Final Survey

Once you have completed all questions in the survey, you can submit your survey application from the final Report Options section. After clicking complete, you will receive an email confirmation. Please note, you can still access your survey to review/edit before the survey deadline.