10th Annual Report on Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Engagement Trends

This Established Report Analyzes Data from the YourCause® Portfolio of Software for Centralized Social Impact to Show How Companies and Their Employees Engage with Purpose

Since 2015, the Industry Review has been developed to provide corporations insight into employee engagement and social responsibility. Observations of key learnings and trends throughout this report were analyzed through data collected within the CSRconnect® and GrantsConnect® platforms. The 2022 report consolidates and details data collected between January and December 2021. Our team sets out to identify shifts in employee philanthropic behavior, as well as trends in program elements offered by corporations to their employee population. Findings in this report are from a subset of the entire client and employee population.

For this 10th anniversary of the Industry Review we provided a look back at trends over time. This report continues to provide insights that help companies large and small craft programs that fit into their company culture and drive employee engagement that creates social impact around the world.

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Key Insights from the 2022 Industry Review 

Data evaluated in the Industry Review is a subset of the entire client and employee population representing:


participating companies



number of countries where employees engaged in social impact
average annual gift per donor including company match dollars
over $607 million in grants awarded by clients using GrantsConnect in 2021
over 6.3 million volunteer hours from employees

“As social responsibility professionals, we are working in a world that is changing dramatically and with people who are seeking increased support from their employers to help manage through these shifts.”

– Rachel Hutchisson
Vice President, Global Social Responsibility, Blackbaud


This year we’ve been able to analyze the data in new ways and for the first time in 10 issues, we decided to take a look back and review how a few key metrics have changed over time.

It’s important to note that over the years our client base and the number of employees we have been able to evaluate has significantly grown, with 35% more companies represented in the 2022 report than last year. We believe this data shows companies and their employees are making a difference together and we hope these insights will help build the business case for companies to continue to invest in social impact initiatives. 

Average Annual Full-time Employee Donation Amount


The data reviews the global average annual full-time employee donation amounts. The percent difference between the donation amount in 2016 and each year following shows that donations have grown to be 20% higher in 2021.

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Highlights from the Report

Companies large and small are providing their employees with opportunities to give back in ways they are comfortable with, like virtual volunteering options, individual volunteer events and multiple donation methods. Shifts from the pandemic and the increase in focus on Environmental Social Governance (ESG) point to the growing importance of purpose driven work. According to the 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer, 60% of global employees choose a company based on their beliefs and values. As we continue to work in a remote world across countries and time zones, we hope this data can help companies design strategies