Moody’s Foundation donates to organizations that are organized and operated for charitable purposes equivalent to the US IRS code 501(c)(3) (or an international equivalent designation) and are aligned with Moody’s Foundation focus areas. In addition, Moody’s Foundation assesses eligibility around a set of criteria, which includes but is not limited to:
Does the issue to be supported align with Moody’s business priorities?
Does the issue to be supported present an opportunity to apply Moody’s core expertise, such as analytics and research, influence, technology or employees’ skills?
What opportunities would the grant create for our employees globally to feel connected to the corporate mission and business objectives?
Does it position Moody’s to serve as a neutral voice and an influential leader?
Does it offer a unique role for Moody’s to play, relative to others in our market?
Does it signify an important and recognized societal challenge or opportunity?
Is the organization serving a market that is currently a priority for Moody’s strategic plan?
Is there brand visibility and thought partnership / leadership opportunities for Moody’s?
Does the organization have a diverse funding base?
Does the organization have assets & expertise in the area where it is focused?
Does the organization have a positive reputation & network in the field? Does the organization have relationships with Moody’s stakeholders? Does it reflect Moody’s values?
Can the organization utilize assets beyond Moody’s Foundation’s budget?
Does it align with other existing or potential Moody’s corporate social responsibility activities?
Does the organization have high-quality evaluating & reporting impact measures?
Does it align with Mission Measurement’s Impact Genome Project standardized outcomes /KPIs?
Are there employee engagement opportunities including potential pro bono activities?
Insights from this overall process guided us to develop a global Community Impact strategy that not only responds to the issues our company and stakeholders care about most but also helps us apply our expertise and resources effectively and achieve greater impact. Across all these areas, Moody’s values of diversity and inclusion serve as a lens through which to evaluate our Community Impact efforts and investments.