Forum 2024: A CSR Intensive

April 8-11, 2024
Hotel Chicago Downtown, Autograph Collection
Chicago, IL

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Forum is a comprehensive educational program for professionals new to the field of corporate social impact (generally, up to three years of experience in the field). Forum attendees receive immersive, hands-on education alongside a cohort of peers (max cohort size is 50 attendees).

Not only will you develop knowledge around the typical components of a corporate social impact program, the network and connections fostered during Forum will help propel your career.

Forum provides a unique opportunity where attendees can delve into the full spectrum of corporate social impact work, while also forming a career-long peer cohort for collaboration and learning. All attendees will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the value of CSR and how it aligns to business strategies
  • Gain a basic understanding of how CSR efforts contribute to DEI & ESG practices
  • Recognize the full scope and current landscape of the CSR role and differences that exist across companies
  • Deepen knowledge of the various ways to structure meaningful corporate social impact activities in support of employee engagement
  • Build a network of CSR colleagues to troubleshoot and share best practices
  • Develop soft skills needed to advance in the social impact field, while exploring career development with others in the field
  • Learn the intricacies, implications, and compliance of various vehicles of giving, both from a domestic and international perspective
  • Articulate the importance of impact measurement on programming decisions and understand how to identify key measurement activities and move towards an outcomes approach
  • Apply an equity lens to current CSR practices
Who Should Attend
  • Registration is open to both ACCP members and non-members.
  • Forum is intended for CSR professionals in their first three years in the field. These individuals may sit in various departments (marketing, legal, government affairs, or even as a stand-alone) with varied responsibilities that may also encompass some aspects of corporate DEI and ESG work.
  • Social impact professionals who are looking for a basic understanding of foundational CSR practices, including core concepts, recent statistics, and best practices in the areas of grantmaking, volunteerism, disaster relief, impact measurement, and ESG.
  • This event is intended to be highly interactive, particularly in the cohort discussions. Participants should only come to the event if they are ready to actively engage and participate in discussions, reflections, and sharing about their experiences and their organization’s current practices.
  • Social impact professionals who understand that the CSR field can look extremely different from one company to the next, that every organization is on a social impact journey, and we each have something to learn from each other. Participants should come with a desire to learn from one another, as well as an openness and willingness to understand different approaches to the work.
Tuition Rates

Tuition includes 3 full days of learning and networking, breakfast and lunch on all session days, one dinner, one off-site excursion in Chicago to view a signature program in action, and one happy hour experience with Chicago area CSR/ESG professionals. Tuition rates for 2024 are:

  • ACCP Members: $2,695
  • Non-Members: $3,695 
Members during a breakout session at ACCP's Annual Conference 2022

program AGENDA

*This is a tentative agenda and is subject to change.

Day 1

April 9th
  • Breakfast, Welcome and Introductions
  • Purpose, CSR & ESG; How they Intersect and Align to the Business
  • Breakouts on Org Structure and Responsibilities 
  • DEI & ESG in Corporations Today: Social Impact’s Role with Both
  • Lunch & Discussion – How are your teams incorporating or working with DEI? Challenges? Same with ESG?
  • Change Management Session
  • Ask me Anything on Career Development with ACCP Staff and Local Reps
  • Impact Measurement & Logic Models
  • Case Study and Breakouts 
  • Wrap Up and Parking Lot
  • Evening Activity

Day 2

April 10th
  • Continental Breakfast to Go
  • Offsite Tour
  • Panel Interview – Strategic Partnership and Signature Programs
  • Break and Refreshments
  • Open Discussion – Signature Programs
  • Vehicles of Corporate Philanthropy
  • Lunch
  • Product Donation/In-Kind
  • International Giving – Understanding Regulations
  • Grantmaking & Equity
  • Breakouts on Grant Process and Requirements
  • Nonprofit Financials
  • Case Study – Financials Deep Dive
  • Wrap Up and Parking Lot
  • Chicago Area Happy Hour Reception

Day 3

April 11th
  • Breakfast & Employee Engagement
  • Breakouts on Volunteer Programs By Workforce Type – Activities that Work, Council Programs, Skills Based
  • Cause Marketing/Fundraising Overview
  • CSR Engagement Platform User Group Open Discussion – Tips and Tricks
  • Matching Gifts and Workplace Giving
  • Lunch
  • Policies & Waivers Discussion
  • Disaster Relief
  • Influencing Without Authority Session
  • Final Wrap Up, Parking Lot, Open Discussion

Hotel Chicago Downtown, Autograph Collection
333 North Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.245.0333

Reservation Link

Book your group rate for ACCP Forum Meeting April 2024.  Reservations may also be made by calling the hotel directly and referencing “ACCP Forum Meeting 2024”.

Group Rate

$189 per night (rates good three days pre and post event). The link will automatically populate these dates, so attendees should be sure to verify dates of their reservation. Also, please note: a destination fee of $15 will be reflected when booking online but it will be removed upon arrival and check-in as this fee was waived.

Last day to Book: Friday, March 22, 2024

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