Business Partners Program (BPP)

Recent research has demonstrated that employees entering the workforce would prefer to work for companies that give them opportunities to contribute their talents to nonprofit organizations. To stay competitive and attract the best and brightest talent, many companies need help in creating or improving their business volunteer programs. The Business Partners Program provides tools, resources and recognition for businesses to build high-quality volunteer programs that support their communities.

Business Partners Program

The CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners Program (BPP) facilitates partnerships between the business community, nonprofit organizations, volunteer centers, public agencies, and other comparable organizations in order to expand the number and impact of business volunteer programs across California.

Vision of the CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners Program

The CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners program will facilitate collaboration between the business community and nonprofit organizations. The business partners, through their employee volunteer programs will assist nonprofit’s build capacity and readiness within their organizations. The collaboration between business and nonprofits will be mutually beneficial, create a culture of service, generate high quality volunteer opportunities, recognize important partnerships and achieve meaningful results in communities throughout California.

Mission of the CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners Program

The CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners Program strives to be a champion of workplace volunteering by raising the profile of volunteering in California and facilitating a culture of service by:

  • Convening the business community, providing resources, tools and opportunities to increase their impact on local communities through employee volunteering
  • Facilitating access for nonprofit organizations and volunteer centers to the tools and training they require to improve their capacity and increase their ability to build sustainable relationships with the business community
  • Developing a statewide recognition program
  • Highlighting incentives for the business community to increase support for volunteering and form high performing alliances with nonprofits, business councils and community groups
  • Leveraging existing resources where they exist and developing innovative resources that align with the priorities and capabilities of the program

History of the CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners Program

The initial development of the Business Partners Program was led by a team of pro bono consultants from Deloitte LLP in collaboration with CaliforniaVolunteers staff. The program engages local, state and national thought-leaders in the service arena, as well as a diverse group of business leaders who have a strong commitment to employee volunteering.

About the CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners

Business Partners are the cornerstone of CaliforniaVolunteers’ Business Partners Program.

In September 2009, CaliforniaVolunteers held the inaugural gathering of Business Partners, the first statewide initiative focusing on employee volunteering and service to communities. The Business Partners membership are informed, innovative and participate in CaliforniaVolunteers’ efforts to increase and strengthen business volunteerism and service across the state. More than 42 leading businesses based or with a strong presence in California have already joined CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners and represent a large cross section of industries.

The Business Partners will:

  • Share best practices for businesses to grow the culture of workplace volunteering in California.
  • Focus on unique and innovative opportunities to collaboration on service and volunteering which makes a difference in Californian communities.
  • Participate in state-wide opportunities implemented through the CaliforniaVolunteers’ Business Partners Program.

List of CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners

  • AAA of Northern California
  • Adobe Foundation
  • Bank of America
  • Blue Shield
  • Charles Schwab
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Cisco
  • Citizen Paine
  • Deloitte
  • DirectTV
  • Disney
  • eBay Foundation
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • EY
  • Gap Inc.
  • GenCorp Foundation/Aerojet
  • Google
  • Herbalife
  • Hewlett Packard Company
  • Home Depot
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Jeff Hoffman Associates
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Majestic Realty Foundation
  • Mattel
  • Miller Public Affairs Group
  • NetApp.com
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.
  • Salesforce.com
  • Sempra Energy
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • Sony Pictures
  • Target
  • Toyota
  • UC Berkeley/Haas School of Business
  • Walmart
  • Warner Brothers
  • Wells Fargo
  • William Morris Endeavor

Business Recognition

The CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners Program recognizes large and small businesses in California that are improving the welfare of their community through volunteering. The Business Recognition effort highlights businesses that have made significant contributions in their communities and in California.

CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners Program

The CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners Program recognizes the following organizations for their outstanding contributions to their communities: We applaud, admire and recognize the winners of the Governor's Volunteering and Service Award, formerly known as the Governor and First Lady's Medals for Service. Thank you for your positive and lasting contributions to the State of California and your communities; you are a great inspiration to all.


2016 Governor's Volunteering and Service Award Winners

  • Sacramento Kings, California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year


2015 Governor's Volunteering and Service Award Winners

  • AT&T, California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year


2013 Governor's Volunteering and Service Award Winners

  • Bank of America, California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year

  • Power 106 FM, California’s Small Business Volunteer Program of the Year


2012 Governor's Volunteering and Service Award Winners

  • Gap Inc., California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year

  • Mendo Lake Credit Union, California’s Small Business Volunteer Program of the Year


2010 Governor and First Lady's Medals for Service Winners

  • Cisco, California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year

  • Bay Federal Credit Union, California’s Small Business Volunteer Program of the Year


2009 Governor and First Lady's Medals for Service Winners

  • PG&E, California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year

  • Deloitte, Governor’s Social Innovation Award


The Hoffman Prize

The Hoffman Prize recognizes an exceptional California business executive who demonstrates outstanding and impactful work fostering volunteerism in their local community, the State of California, the nation and the globe.

Jeff Hoffman, President, Jeff Hoffman & Associates, is a leader in the field of service and volunteering on every level. As a corporate executive at Disney for over 30 years, he was instrumental in establishing the Disney VoluntEARS program and expanded it globally. Jeff also served as chair of the CaliforniaVolunteers State Commission (2007-2011). Jeff's involvement in volunteerism expands beyond the state level. He sits on the Board of Directors for Points of Light, the International Association of Volunteer Effort and USC's Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy. Receiving the inaugural Hoffman Prize, Jeff is the namesake of the award.

Click here to watch Jeff's award video


2013 Hoffman Prize Winner

Caroline Barlerin is the Director of Global Community Engagement and Communications at Hewlett Packard's Office of Global Social Innovation and co-chairs the CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partners Program. Caroline was a founding architect and long-time board member of the Taproot Foundation, an organizaion that leads, mobalizes and engages professionals in pro bono service to drive social change. At HP, she engages employees to solve serious societal issues through pro bono and other skills-based service. Under her leadership, HP employees from 91 countries contributed over 1.4 million hours of volunteer service in 2012, a value of $85 million dollars to nonprofits worldwide.

Click here to watch Caroline's award video



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