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 05, 2018

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

By |2018-05-10T20:31:05+00:00May 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00February 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 [...]

12 01, 2018

Why Shared CSR Values Are So Important

By |2018-01-12T15:42:58+00:00January 12th, 2018|

When the going gets tough, the tough get going ... right? Well, not always. In this interesting niche market that we call Corporate Social Responsibility (or CSR), shared CSR values - sometimes referred to as a "cultural fit" between company and partners - is everything. Why? Because "when the going gets tough," it is your [...]

2 01, 2018

Data is a Service: the ONE Service You Absolutely Need for 2018

By |2018-01-02T17:11:33+00:00January 2nd, 2018|

Data continues to get a lot of attention these days. Data is "the currency of the 21st century", "the new oil”, the one asset without which organizations cannot survive. CSR Matters agrees with those assessments, but we would encourage our CSR colleagues to think one step further: Data is also the one service your corporate [...]

15 12, 2017

Christmas, Faith and Corporate Social Responsibility

By |2017-12-15T22:50:05+00:00December 15th, 2017|

Christmas, faith and Corporate Social Responsibility ... no, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. That's what I intended to write. Christmas, faith and Corporate Social Responsibility. They have A LOT in common. And since it is the Christmas holidays, I thought this would be a great time to remind us about an important [...]

13 12, 2017

Why Small Businesses Need CSR

By |2017-12-13T16:03:16+00:00December 13th, 2017|

Small businesses need CSR! Are you eager to improve your fortunes? Do you seek to expand market share, attract bright new recruits, or lure investors?  Would you like to do all of that AND bring hope to others? (If the answer is "Yes!", then keep reading) So why aren't you investing in a Corporate Social Responsibility [...]