For organizations that want to do well by doing good, employees need to deeply understand the community issues the organization seeks to tackle. Through our programs, our employer partners are building deep relationships between their employees and the residents they serve - sparking innovation and social impact.
A longstanding piece of our culture at Blue Cross has been our commitment to investing in employees' civic leadership development, and our partnership with GenUnity has been a natural extension of that. Participating in these programs has meant our colleagues have the opportunity to learn more deeply about the community issues that matter a lot in our line of work, and to seek collaborative solutions to address them.
Brie Tangney, Manager, Signature Initiatives and Civic Leadership Development, Corporate Citizenship, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Too often, the siloes between those working on an issue and those experiencing it limit trust and better solutions. We partner with community organizations to create space for them to share their impact with and learn from a diverse cross-section of residents who want to get more engaged on local issues.
"GenUnity’s approach to small group conversations was refreshing and allowed us to come into the space ready to have an honest conversation among peers."
Michelle Nadow, CEO, DotHouse Health
To tackle our most difficult issues, we need a new form of collaboration - a shift in the mindsets, relationships, and structures that underpin how everyday adults engage civically. Our funders are supporting us to pioneer this transformational approach to community engagement and strengthening our democracy.
“As TBF strengthens its focus on supporting leaders and organizations with lived experience and local connections to the issues we seek to address, organizations like GenUnity can be critical partners. With this grant, we are proud to support GenUnity, as they continue to grow their robust pipeline of civic leaders who can drive conversations around equity in Greater Boston and beyond.”
Orlando Watkins, Vice President and Chief Program Officer, The Boston Foundation