- Points of Light
- United States of America
I enjoy connecting employees and retirees with opportunities to engage with nonprofit partner organizations through community support and volunteerism. The Cargill Global Scholars Program is a two-year leadership and scholarship program for students from six countries, and I have the pleasure to manage this program. I began at Cargill in 2013 and have worked in Fargo, London, and Minneapolis.
Institute Leader, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, The Conference Board, ESG Center. President, Jeff Hoffman & Associates, Global CSR, Philanthropy and Civic Engagement. Jeff Hoffman is an accomplished corporate executive who has served on the global stage in the areas of corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, human resources, operations, special projects and events. Jeff has a professional portfolio made up of four components: His consulting business, Jeff Hoffman & Associates; Institute Leader for Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy at The Conference Board ESG Center; Corporate Governance; and Pro Bono Volunteering/Service. Jeff Hoffman & Associates is a global corporate citizenship, philanthropy and civic engagement firm that enables businesses to re-imagine a world full of purpose, hope, promise and opportunity while strengthening their own enterprise. Working at The Walt Disney Company for 31 years, Jeff most recently served as Vice President of Disney Worldwide Outreach. In this role, he had global responsibility for Disney’s philanthropy, community relations and cause marketing activities including its award-winning employee volunteer program, Disney VoluntEARS. Known as a leader in the philanthropy, volunteerism and corporate responsibility fields, Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors of Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger, and reappointed by Governor Brown, to the California Commission on Service and Volunteerism (California Volunteers) where he serves as a Past Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee. The Hoffman Prize was established in 2012 in Jeff’s honor and is presented annually at the California Governor’s Volunteer and Service Awards Ceremony. Jeff is a member of the Board of Advisors for The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California.
My background is in technology, professional services and digital media. I co-founded Zapnito due to a number of related observations from my time in these sectors: 1) the social web is creating a huge amount of noise 2) expertise that brands have built up over decades is being drowned out and hidden from those that need it 3) these brands are therefore losing their audience to often undeserving and unhelpful sources, and 4) people are finding it harder to access the expertise that they truly value. I therefore decided to create Zapnito, a white-label platform to help trusted brands reclaim their audiences via expert-driven knowledge networks.
I've been in the corporate social responsibility and nonprofit capacity building space for most of my career, and am privileged to run Common Impact, building skilled volunteer programs for companies and their social change partners. I'm on a few nonprofit boards, Women in Innovation and Fan4Kids, and I'm a writer for Nonprofit Quarterly and a podcast host of Pro Bono Perspectives. Community engagement geek all around!