Monday, August 15, 2016

Millennials "Interested in Making Positive Impact"

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Fortune magazine reports:

Millennials are more likely than Gen X’ers and Baby Boomers to say it matters if American businesses give back to society, according to a new poll conducted by Morning Consult for Fortune.

The survey of more than 2,000 individuals found that nearly two-thirds of people between the ages of 18 and 34 were at least somewhat more likely to want to work for a company that gave to charity than one did that not. That compares with 59% of those between 35 and 44 years old, and 47% of people between 45 and 64 years old. Young people were also more inclined than their elders to say they would buy products from a company that contributes to charity, or to recommend the business to a friend.

Corporate America is trying to capitalize on young people’s interest in giving back. Goldman Sachs, where 66% of employees were born after 1979, started a competition earlier this year that enables young analysts to vie for grants to nonprofits of their choice. Workers also volunteer through the company’s 10,000 Small Businesses program, providing coaching to entrepreneurs. Said Dina Powell, leader of the bank’s philanthropy initiatives: “This is a generation that’s very interested in making a positive impact.”

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