The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy Celebrates International Corporate Philanthropy Day

The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy Celebrates International Corporate Philanthropy Day at the NYSE. In honor of the occasion, Corporate Giving Executives rings The Opening BellSM.

Executives and guests of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) will visit the New York Stock Exchange on Mon., Feb. 27 and ring The Opening Bell to celebrate International Corporate Philanthropy Day (ICPD), an international advocacy day, now in its 9th year, which mobilizes the business community to share best practices, develop partnerships, and engage with employees and other stakeholders for more strategic and effective societal investments.

The following NYSE-listed companies, among many others, will participate in the celebration: Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE: CL), Merck (NYSE: MRK), PNC (NYSE: PNC), PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX).

To mark ICPD, CECP rings The Opening Bell with senior corporate contributions professionals including: 

• Kathy Hannan, National Managing Partner, Corporate Responsibility and Diversity, KPMG LLP

• Ellen W. Lambert, Executive Vice President, The Merck Foundation, Merck & Co., Inc.

• Sally Phipps, Director, Global Contributions, Colgate-Palmolive

• Eva Tansky Blum, SVP & Director Community Affairs, PNC Bank; Chair & President, The PNC Foundation

• Shannon Schuyler, Leader, Corporate Responsibility, PricewaterhouseCoopers

• Catherine Patterson, Director, Global Citizenship and Sustainability, PepsiCo

• Andrew Olivastro, Manager, Global Community Affairs, United Technologies Corporation

• Carmen Perez, Senior Research Analyst, Global Valuation, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy

• Cindy Chin, Senior Research Analyst, Standards and Measurement, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy


The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) is the only international forum of business leaders focused on increasing the level and quality of corporate philanthropy. Co-founded by actor-philanthropist Paul Newman in 1999, CECP’s membership includes more than 180 global CEOs and chairpersons of companies that collectively account for more than 40% of reported corporate giving in the United States. For more information, visit