About the CGS
Corporate Giving Standard
The Corporate Giving Standard (CGS) is a unique peer benchmarking tool for corporate giving professionals. The CGS is an annual survey which provides participants with online access and customized reports. Each year through its CGS survey, CECP collects and reports data on numerous aspects of corporate giving programs internationally. Launched in 2001, the CGS now features more than $105 billion in corporate giving data.
The CGS allows peer-to-peer company comparisons, aggregated industry benchmarks, and internal year-over-year spending analyses for CECP members and measurement subscribers. These giving professionals define their own peer groups to create online customized reports, particularly valuable in planning giving strategy and presenting to senior management. No other tool in the industry offers immediate, on-demand reporting and benchmarking while preserving the anonymity of each company’s giving data. Giving data includes cash giving, non-cash giving, volunteer program details, management and program costs, giving focus areas, and more.
In addition to individual and group training sessions, a detailed survey guide, and one-on-one support, CECP reviews each company’s data to ensure consistent, accurate reporting. The result is a reliable data repository that serves as a solid foundation for strategy development and program evaluation.
The CGS is unrivaled in its granularity and targeted participation. In addition, the CGS online system allows giving officers to customize more than 40 reporting options with the click of a button. This resource is unsurpassed as the corporate philanthropy industry’s most comprehensive measurement initiative.
Beginning with the survey of 2011 contributions, CECP began conducting the Corporate Giving Standard (CGS) survey in association with The Conference Board.
CECP Philanthropy Data
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CGS Benchmarking Tool
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