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.
“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.”
As national leader of Deloitte’s community involvement program since 2005, Evan provides strategic direction for philanthropy, volunteerism, pro bono and workplace giving; and has spearheaded a refocusing of Deloitte’s community involvement approach — The Impact Imperative. Centered on innovative thinking to magnify impact, the program is anchored by a ground-breaking $110M commitment to provide pro bono service to leading nonprofits and skills-based volunteering.
Evan oversees IMPACT Day, which is one of the largest corporate days of service, as well as Deloitte’s award-winning United Way campaign. Additionally, he is the architect of Deloitte’s initiative for building a college-going culture in low-income schools called Their Future Is Our Future. Also, under his direction, the annual Volunteer IMPACT Survey explores key issues related to corporate community involvement. Recently, Evan’s role expanded and now includes leadership of Deloitte’s Environmental Impact program.
Evan is a board member of the Taproot Foundation, a member of the Conference Board’s Corporate Contributions Council, serves as Education Vice Chair of the United Way Worldwide Campaign for the Common Good, and is on the leadership committee for A Billion+Change and Reimagining Service.
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.
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