As a first of its kind report, the B:CIVIC GoodBusiness report was created through the collaboration of B:CIVIC, TIAA, DaVita, The Denver Metro Chamber and the University of Denver. The study has found that corporate giving in Colorado is on the rise. The research was conducted through an online survey in the fall of 2017 with businesses in and around the metro Denver area by Corona Insights. CLICK HERE to read GoodBusiness: The State of Corporate Philanthropy in Colorado.
Businesses Committed to Investing and Volunteering in the Community (B:CIVIC) promotes and advances corporate social responsibility for the betterment of all communities and businesses. B:CIVIC members are from companies of all sizes, from small shops to Fortune 500 companies with thousands of Colorado employees.
B:CIVIC is born from the storied efforts of Denver's 2% Club. The 2% Club was an informal coalition of CEOs who agreed to support and promote charitable giving through their company and to encourage other companies and executives to get involved in the community.
In 2009, before the economic recession, a group of Metro Denver business and foundation thought leaders met to plan the next generation of the 2% Club as a new organization that would be called B:CIVIC. In light of the recession, plans were put on hold until 2013. In 2013, after a market research survey to assess the viability of an organization dedicated solely to business community involvement, it was decided to move ahead and found B:CIVIC as a Colorado nonprofit corporation and apply for 501(c)3 designation from the IRS, which was subsequently received in February 2016.
The Denver Foundation was able to provide seed funding and served as B:CIVIC's fiscal sponsor while they were applying for 501(c)3 approval.