Dedicating time, talents, and resources toward the nourishment and improvement of human life is the work of philanthropy and corporate citizenship. Philanthropy, or “love of humanity,” is practiced not only through acts of generosity but also through efforts to explore root causes that undermine human happiness and development. While often directed toward specific social needs, philanthropy is also broadly concerned with elevating humanity to embrace an ethos of caring through diverse institutional programs which empower healthy citizenship and civic service. Applying the insights of scholarship and nongovernmental initiatives, philanthropy seeks to marshal the best research and results-based methodologies to advance social and cultural improvements to promote human welfare. This includes engagement of skilled volunteers and resources in responding to disasters and unmet human needs. The Philanthropy and Corporate Citizenship Award is presented to an individual who has committed significant efforts and resources to advance initiatives to improve and enhance the quality of human life and has played a pivotal role in advancing corporate social responsibility.
Diane Melley is Vice President of Global Citizenship Initiatives in IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs. Ms. Melley has leadership responsibility over the IBM Impact Grants portfolio globally, which includes support for not-for-profits, schools and government organizations. She led the IBM Centennial Celebration of Service which engaged more than 300,000 volunteers in 120 countries and IBM’s On Demand Community, the corporation’s global strategic initiative to support employee and retiree volunteer efforts worldwide. She leads IBM’s Business Integration team where Corporate Citizenship assets are integrated with IBM’s business strategies in Public Sector, Education and the Small Medium Business industry segments, and is also the leader of IBM’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Humanitarian Disaster Response efforts worldwide. Ms. Melley is a 2001 Eisenhower Fellow to Belgium and Ireland and is past chair of the Eisenhower Alumni Regional Fellows Group. She serves on the boards of the Points of Light, Philadelphia Education Fund (current chairperson), Chamber of Commerce/Arts and Business Council, and Conference Board’s Corporate Contribution Council.