Welcome to CSR Now!
Welcome to CSR Now!, a weekly blog designed to get at whatâ€™s happening in corporate social responsibility today -- from the point of view of a corporate practitioner.
Iâ€™m Tim McClimon, vice president for corporate social responsibility at American Express and president of the American Express Foundation. In my job, I have responsibility for the firmâ€™s corporate citizenship programs including philanthropy, employee engagement activities and environmental programs. Iâ€™ve been with American Express for five years.
Prior to American Express, I spent portions of my career as an attorney specializing in not-for-profit law, a grants specialist with the National Endowment for the Arts, the executive director of the AT&T Foundation, and the executive director of Second Stage Theatre, a nonprofit theater in New York City.
Iâ€™ve served on numerous boards of directors and committees â€“ including for organizations like the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, Americans for the Arts, Philanthropy New York and the Conference Board-- and Iâ€™ve written for a number of publications.
Iâ€™m also an adjunct professor at New York University where I teach graduate level courses in nonprofit management and arts administration.
Once a week, Iâ€™ll try to reflect on current trends in corporate social responsibility and philanthropy by using examples of what weâ€™re doing here at American Express, and what my colleagues are engaged in at other firms.
Iâ€™ll also try to track the current literature and whatâ€™s happening on-line, and I may have guest bloggers participate from time to time.
So, send me your comments and questions, and Iâ€™ll respond below or in a future posting.