Our mission at the World Bank Group is to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity around the world. Through the Community Connections program, we live these twin goals in our own communities via corporate philanthropy, volunteerism, in-kind donations, and an internship program for students from local public high schools. Together, these programs leverage a motivated, highly educated and international workforce for the betterment of communities around the world, particularly in the Washington DC metropolitan region, where we are based. Our programs have been recognized by the Washington Business Journal and Charities@Work Conference. Learn more about what we do in the Workplace Giving, Strategic Grants, and Volunteerism tabs.
Corporate Philanthropy Strategy
Our giving is informed by our mission, the values of our staff, and the needs of the organizations we support. Our goal is to maintain diverse funding streams that complement one another. In our fiscal year 2017, we gave approximately $7.2 million through these channels. We primarily fund our community through:
1) General operations support: Approximately 80% of our giving each year is provided through our workplace giving program, the Community Connections Campaign (CCC), which collects staff donations and is matched by the World Bank Group. In keeping with the needs of nonprofits and philanthropy best practices, those gifts support general operations of organizations. More information about the CCC can be found in the Workplace Giving tab.
2) Contributions to capital projects: During the CCC, staff can also donate to our General Fund, which finances one-time capital projects in the Washington DC metropolitan region. In 2017, we approved grants to Art Enables, Bread for the City, and N Street Village to support building renovation and expansion to help these organizations better meet their clients’ needs and increase capacity. We also approved a grant to DC Central Kitchen for the purchase of a fuel-efficient, refrigerated van that will rescue 1,000,000lbs of food from area cafeterias and venues in 2018.
The General Fund also provides grants to nonprofits where large numbers of staff volunteer.
3) Measurement & Data Grants: To meet nonprofit demand for building capacity around performance measurement and evaluation, we partnered with the Urban Institute to create Measure4Change to provide grants, technical assistance, knowledge briefs, and a community of practice for nonprofit performance measurement professionals in the DC region. In addition, we have also launched a pilot series of briefs with the World Bank Education Global Practice and the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill on innovations in education in the DC region. Most of the projects included in the briefs were supported by Community Connections Funding. Learn more about these programs in the Evaluation Grants tab.
4) Funding Collaboratives: Our work has been enhanced by collaborating with other funders. These partnerships allow us to benefit from others’ expertise, share our own, and work in partnership to greater effect. We are currently part of the Washington AIDS Partnership and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative.
5) Disaster relief drives: During large international disasters, our staff often want to be part of the global humanitarian response. We help them create vehicles to make contributions to NGOs on the ground in the affected areas. These gifts may also be matched by the World Bank Group.