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2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit to Be Held September 18-19, 2014, in Detroit

General Motors to host the event at its world headquarters

Submitted by: VolunteerMatch

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Volunteerism

Posted: Dec 11, 2013 – 12:00 PM EST


SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 11 /CSRwire/ - The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will be held on September 18-19, 2014, and will be hosted by General Motors at the company’s world headquarters in Detroit.

The two-day, invitation-only event, to be held at the GM Renaissance Center, will showcase ideas and best practices in corporate volunteering, employee engagement and community impact. In attendance at the event will be practitioners and experts in corporate social responsibility (CSR), including representatives from the VolunteerMatch family of corporate clients. Session topics will range from inspiring employee giving and measurement of volunteer programs to effective corporate-nonprofit partnerships.

“We are looking forward to hosting this important summit that will bring together the brightest minds and the best ideas in volunteerism and corporate philanthropy,” said Sabin Blake, GM’s manager of Cadillac Marketing who also runs the “teamGM Cares” employee volunteer program. “We are dedicated to showcasing the best of GM and Detroit to summit participants, and we are certain they will be inspired by all they encounter.”

The Client Summit will showcase the variety of programs underway to build resiliency and opportunity in metro Detroit. A point of focus will be United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s high school turnaround initiative that aims to help 90% of students in the Detroit area complete high school prepared for postsecondary study and entry into the workforce by 2018. Through significant financial support, employee volunteerism and other unique programs, both GM and the GM Foundation are playing a large role in this initiative.

“General Motors and the GM Foundation are great examples of how corporate philanthropy and employee volunteering can change lives for the better,” said Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch. “We’re proud to partner with a company that is strengthening its headquarters city and investing in the next generation of community leaders.”

Previous keynote speakers at the VolunteerMatch Client Summit include Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation; Carol Cone, Global Practice Chair, Edelman Business + Social Purpose and international photographer and human rights advocate Platon. To see highlights of the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit click here: solutions.volunteermatch.org/summit.

VolunteerMatch is the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network. Best-known for its free web site, www.volunteermatch.org, the nonprofit service also provides tools and support to make it easier for corporations, brands and civic programs to successfully manage their own volunteer programs. In addition, the San Francisco-based organization annual recognizes high-performing volunteer programs with its Corporate Volunteer Awards.

About VolunteerMatch
VolunteerMatch is the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network, with more than 96,000 participating nonprofits, 160 network partners and 12 million visitors each year. Founded in 1998, VolunteerMatch offers solutions to make it easier for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make a difference. Since its launch, VolunteerMatch has helped nonprofits attract more than $4 billion worth of volunteer services. VolunteerMatch is a two-time Webby Award winner, a Smithsonian inductee, and has been recognized for its work by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Time, Oprah Winfrey and Presidents Clinton and Bush. To learn more, visit www.volunteermatch.org. To learn more about VolunteerMatch Solutions visit solutions.volunteermatch.org.

About General Motors Co.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at www.gm.com.

About General Motors Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.

For more information, please contact:

Robert Rosenthal VP, Communications, VolunteerMatch
Phone: 415-241-6865
Phone 2: 415-613-8441
Maria Mainville GM Foundation and teamGM Cares Communications
Phone: 313-665-5187

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