About Gary Carr

A Principal at CSR Matters, Gary has 25+ years of experience working in Corporate Social Responsibility, including nonprofits, software development and the financial services industries. "It's a labor of love. I have a number of professional interests, and they all intersect with CSR." Over the past several years, he has been actively involved in the acquisition, growth and consolidation of a number of companies in the CSR space, including AmeriGives, Good Done Great, WPG Solutions, and Dexterity Ventures, plus donor advised funds DonateWell and Place2Give. Gary's prior experience includes leadership positions with Bank of America, United Way and KindMark. To learn more about the breadth and depth of Gary's operational, financial and executive experience, please visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/gpfcarr/.
10 12, 2020

A CSR Software Update for 2021

By |2020-12-14T15:42:15+00:00December 10th, 2020|

Wow. It's been two and half years since I first wrote a post titled "The CSR SaaS Industry is Growing Up". In that post, I focused on events such as capital infusion and business consolidation that demonstrate maturity in a niche software sector. I'm long overdue for a CSR software update. A lot has been [...]

10 09, 2020

From Fundraising To Fund-catching – How did we get here, and what do we do?

By |2021-01-03T19:11:51+00:00September 10th, 2020|

I must admit, I had not heard the term "fund-catching" until we were talking with a friend at a leading nonprofit about their challenges working with fundraising data from CSR and other online giving platforms. She said: When it comes to CSR and workplace giving, we feel like we are no longer fundraising, just fund-catching. [...]

30 08, 2019

Workplace Giving Innovation Points to a Bright Future

By |2019-08-30T18:59:40+00:00August 30th, 2019|

"Workplace giving innovation" is a three-word phrase that we do not use often enough in our industry. That is changing. News of workplace giving innovation keeps popping up this summer. So rather than wait for an end-of-year "trends wrap up" blog post, I thought I should share the good news now. With fall just around [...]

18 04, 2019

Charitable Giving, CSR and Small Business: The Fix is In

By |2019-04-19T00:54:32+00:00April 18th, 2019|

Charitable giving, CSR and small business have been disconnected for too long. And that means that 90 million working Americans lack access to charitable giving, volunteering and other programs created to promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It is time to fix this. As an industry, we have the knowledge, experience and technology to make this [...]

30 01, 2019

Gillette Got it Wrong – Plus Two More 2019 CSR Trends NOT to Follow

By |2019-01-30T17:29:13+00:00January 30th, 2019|

Two weeks ago, Gillette launched a new advertising campaign and in the process made its brand the centerpiece of controversy. Maybe that was the intended consequence - to generate conversation about a brand that has been struggling to regain lost marketshare. But if that is the goal, does Gillette really want to create controversy from [...]

18 12, 2018

A Christmas Wish for CSR 2019

By |2018-12-19T19:11:06+00:00December 18th, 2018|

Soon blogs across all industries will be awash with predictions of trends for 2019. As I reflected on one year coming to a close and prepare for the new, I decided not to predict a trend. Predictions for a new year, after all, are totally dependent on market forces to sort out over the next [...]

25 09, 2018

SDG Reporting & CSR Software (Part 2)

By |2018-12-18T20:58:22+00:00September 25th, 2018|

We set out to answer a simple question: What are the SDG reporting capabilities of current CSR software? Then we learned that the "simple question" wasn't so simple. Join us in Part 2 of this two-part series as we explore examples of SDG reporting hard at work. In Part 1, we addressed the reality that Corporate [...]

5 09, 2018

SDG Reporting & CSR Software (Part 1)

By |2018-09-25T16:06:39+00:00September 5th, 2018|

In 2015, the United Nations published a collection of 17 "sustainable development goals", or SDGs. The goal is simple enough: transform for the better the world in which we live. And ever since, the list of SDG reporting questions has grown: How should companies track, organize and communicate SDG metrics? Should we be reporting statistics [...]

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