We want to congratulate co-president, Danny Rosin, for recognition as a “TBJ Corporate Philanthropy Award” recipient!

Here’s the Triangle Business Journal interview:

Who do you look up to for guidance? My wife, Niccole, and business partner, Robert Fiveash. They have been grounding forces when I have my head and heart in the clouds. They have provided balance, honest (and often hard to hear) feedback and helped finesse direction for even better outcomes. I rarely make decisions without their input. While my pathological optimism is often advantageous, I desperately need the balance (they provide). Thank you, Niccole and Robert!

Where do you see yourself five years from now? In Raleigh, the greatest city on Earth. Continuing to build Brand Fuel to leave a legacy beyond profit and doing it through the guardrails of our B Corp Certification. I plan to be invested in open-source, collaborative nonprofits like Band Together to continue to help those in need in our region. I also hope my wife and I are traveling more, visiting our daughters in college and celebrating their accomplishments.

What is on your wish list for philanthropy in the next year? I want philanthropy and marketing to have a baby. There are powerful opportunities for corporate marketing departments to invest in social impacts aligned with their brands. “You buy, we give” is a nice campaign yet the real investment should be longer-term, through employee volunteerism, CSR strategy and measurable community impact. Marketing is about participation, not promotion and participating in the work of the crucial nonprofit sector can enhance corporate talent recruitment and bottom lines.

Who went above and beyond for philanthropy in the Triangle? Chuck ReCorr envisioned investing in the higher education of nonprofit leaders – both executive directors and board directors. He created The Harvard 100, an organization dedicated to making the Triangle the strongest nonprofit community in the world. He recognized that human capital is our No. 1 asset. Through his vision, he has supported over 100 Triangle nonprofit leaders through higher education at Harvard University. The impact to the Triangle is incredible.

What could the Triangle business community do to further support philanthropy? Rather than put more pressure on our business community, I would flip this question a bit. I would urge nonprofits to do research on how they can help companies reach their goals through investment in nonprofits. Nonprofits can help companies grow through employee engagement through volunteerism, recruitment and retention programs, CSR strategy, education and collaborative marketing opportunities. Find out what a company’s “love language” is and then deliver programs and ideas that align.

The TBJ article: https://lnkd.in/gfr4uCvu