Evan Hochberg thinks the business community has a powerful role to play in helping address social issues. The way he sees it, if corporate community involvement is to be a powerful driver of social impact and business value, then government, nonprofit and business leaders must focus not just on more cash giving and volunteers, but on more substantive and strategic involvement that taps the core strengths of business.
As national leader of Deloitte’s community involvement program, he has helped the organization reimagine the very way it engages with nonprofits and communities. As a result, Deloitte has transformed its approach to community involvement, with impressive outcomes to show for it.
“Nonprofits are not in business to turn a profit, but they are in business. We’ve used our approach – which is centered on contributing pro bono work and skilled volunteerism – to help individual nonprofits function more effectively, and we’re also applying it more broadly to the issue of education, which many have called the civil rights issue of our time.”
Evan joined Deloitte in 2005 and provides strategic direction for philanthropy, volunteerism, pro-bono and workplace giving. In this role, he spearheaded a refocusing of Deloitte’s community involvement approach, which is now known as “Think. Invest. Advance.” The program, centered on using Deloitte’s innovative thinking to build stronger nonprofits, is anchored by a commitment to provide $50 million in pro bono service to leading nonprofits. With more than 200 projects completed and many more in the pipeline, Deloitte is well on its way to reaching its goal. Evan also oversees IMPACT Day, Deloitte’s national day of volunteerism as well as the organization’s United Way campaign.
Additionally, he is the architect of “Their Future is Our Future,” Deloitte’s signature initiative for building a college-going culture in low-income schools. The initiative combines an integrated set of philanthropic and volunteer programs focused on helping to get students to and through college, and includes a national grant-making program called the “Future Fund.” In 2010 Deloitte was honored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center with its “Partnership Award,” in recognition of its work with College Summit to increase college access for low-income students.
Under Evan’s direction, Deloitte also conducts its annual Volunteer IMPACT Survey, which explores key issues related to corporate community involvement.
A frequent public speaker on philanthropic trends, he is a member of the board of the Taproot Foundation. Additionally, Evan serves on the Points of Light Institute’s Corporate Volunteer Council, where he chairs the Council’s Skills-Based Volunteering Committee. He co-chairs the Leadership Group of Pro Bono Action Tank, which was formed by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, he is a member of the Conference Board’s Corporate Contributions Council and he serves as Education Vice Chair of the United Way Worldwide Campaign for the Common Good.
Evan received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Management of Human Services from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Outside the office, he’s a serious fan of college basketball and a semi-serious poker player. He lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife and two children.
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