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/.
25 09, 2018

SDG Reporting & CSR Software (Part 2)

By | 2018-09-28T21:05:29+00:00 September 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+00:00 September 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 [...]

2 07, 2018

Here Comes the Flexible Giving Account: An Interview with Dan Rashke

By | 2018-07-03T16:39:47+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|

What if we could do for charitable giving what the 401k has done for retirement savings? Well, maybe we can! Enter the Flexible Giving Account. A Flexible Giving Account, or FGA, is a pre-tax payroll deduction that would make it easier for employees to give to charity while creating much needed incentives for employees and [...]

18 06, 2018

Increase Employee Participation: Change the World 1% at a Time

By | 2018-06-18T19:49:17+00:00 June 18th, 2018|

One percent of anything doesn't sound like much, does it? For example, in the CSR world, if I wrote a blog article every week about how important a 1% increase in employee participation is, how quickly would you tune me out? After all, is a discussion about employee participation worth the effort if all we [...]

23 05, 2018

Faith and Workplace Giving: a CSR Success Formula (Really?)

By | 2018-05-24T18:44:48+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|

Faith is a touchy subject when it comes to the workplace. Critics tell us that faith has no place in the workplace, that faith is a private matter. Employers often fear that "faith and the workplace" means employees will proselytize. Corporate lawyers tell HR to stay away from the subject. And many people simply worry [...]

10 05, 2018

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

By | 2018-05-10T20:31:05+00:00 May 10th, 2018|

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. [...]

20 04, 2018

Employee Engagement is the Key to CSR Participation

By | 2018-05-04T20:32:22+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

Did you know that having a comprehensive employee engagement strategy is more important to achieving higher CSR program participation than having a CSR strategy? Neither did we ... until Wespire published its 2018 State of Employee Engagement Report. And then we did our homework. We hear a lot about "employee engagement" in the CSR world. [...]

9 03, 2018

Why CSR Software is Not Just CSR Software – and What We Can Do About It

By | 2018-03-12T21:33:42+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

Last month, I wrote that The CSR SaaS industry is Growing Up, and what this means for both customers of and providers to the CSR market. Now I have a companion post of sorts. I want to talk to you about why the CSR software industry doesn't look and feel like a typical, more familiar B2B [...]

13 02, 2018

An Interview with Donor Advised Fund Expert Peter Smith

By | 2018-02-13T15:39:40+00:00 February 13th, 2018|

Corporate Social Responsibility programs have a tremendous impact on the communities in which we live and work. One such impact is through giving programs that raise several billion dollars annually for charitable organizations. Many of these giving programs depend upon a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) to receive, receipt and distribute charitable gifts around the world. [...]

1 02, 2018

The CSR SaaS Industry is Growing Up – What does that mean for you?

By | 2018-02-05T19:51:03+00:00 February 1st, 2018|

The CSR SaaS industry is maturing. Over the past six months, there have been a number of events shedding light on the fact that the CSR SaaS industry is no longer a niche market led by a handful of small companies. What does this mean for companies needing SaaS software to manage their Corporate Social [...]