As I look forward to the next chapter of GlobalGiving’s corporate social responsibility work, I’m excited to introduce Kristina Joss, our new Director of Business Partnerships.
Director of Business Partnerships
Who She Is:
Kristina is responsible for developing and managing GlobalGiving's business partnerships strategy and leading the team's overall growth and success. Prior to joining the team, Kristina worked as a CSR consultant for Salterbaxter in the US and Business in the Community in the UK. She has advised companies such as Aramark, BNY Mellon, Hilton, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Nordstrom, P&G, and PepsiCo. She has more than a decade of experience in communications and marketing in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Kristina earned an MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Communications and International Development from the University of Miami.
Q. What makes you excited about joining GlobalGiving to lead our Business Partnerships team?
A. GlobalGiving has an exceptional reputation for enabling individuals, companies, and institutions to deliver meaningful impact to nonprofits around the world. With new leadership, a network of nearly 4,000 organizations across more than 140 countries, and innovative tools, GlobalGiving is at an exciting phase in its journey. I’m thrilled to be joining this passionate team and supporting them with furthering the organization’s future success.
The way in which GlobalGiving partners with businesses is particularly exciting. Now more than ever, businesses are looking for mission-driven partners that provide easy and effective solutions for measurable impact on the issues and in the local communities that matter to them and their stakeholders. GlobalGiving provides particularly unique solutions for businesses to advance their corporate social responsibility strategies, engage their employees, and deliver impact.
Q. Given your CSR experience, what opportunities do you see for companies looking to partner with GlobalGiving?
A. Over the last nine years, I’ve worked with dozens of businesses such as Hilton, P&G, and PepsiCo in building their CSR strategies, communications, and programs. Through these engagements, I’ve gained considerable insight into the challenges CSR professionals face when it comes to implementing CSR within their company. Whether it’s engaging stakeholders in a meaningful way, upholding corporate values in a complex business environment, or demonstrating measurable impact on environmental and social issues, the opportunities can be difficult to navigate. Companies are frequently looking for trusted partners who can provide simple, effective, and impactful ways to make a positive difference in the world.
I want to bring this insight to my role at GlobalGiving, as well as a fresh perspective on how the organization can better support business partners looking to advance their strategic philanthropy and CSR efforts around the world. I’m particularly excited by GlobalGiving’s ability to bring more effective employee engagement solutions to multinational corporations through products like GlobalGivingTime, as well as brand-building opportunities that also support global nonprofits at the front lines of social change.
Q. What trends have you seen in corporate social responsibility?
A. There are so many exciting things happening in the CSR space right now, but the stakeholder pressure on businesses to more clearly lead with purpose and values is particularly noteworthy. It also reflects a broader trend which is a more empowered society who have greater access to information and higher expectations of the brands and businesses they engage with day to day.
Employees wanting to work in more value-driven workplaces and consumers wanting to buy from more purposeful brands are driving real change. It’s exciting to see businesses lean into this movement. It is a true “bottom-up approach” that I hope continues and even extends to communities around the world having more voice in their development needs and how governments, corporations, and institutions support them.
Q. What excites you about the future of what you can achieve with the team at GlobalGiving?
A. Each day I’m humbled and impressed by what GlobalGiving has and continues to achieve. From our Disaster Recovery Network to the recent July Bonus Day campaign in which our nonprofit partners raised more than $1 million, there is so much good work happening here already.
My goal is to build on these strengths and explore new and exciting ways we can advise and support business partners in achieving their philanthropic and CSR goals in order to create positive and meaningful change for the world. Our mission is to transform aid and philanthropy to accelerate community-led change and our business partnerships play a key role in helping us achieve that.
Get in touch with the GlobalGiving Business Partnerships team to learn more about how your company can partner.
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