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Leo Ramirez

Leo Ramirez
Leo is the co-founder and CEO of Encast, an organization dedicated to improving the way CSR professions create, manage, and measure CSR programs. Leo is passionate about the role that culture plays in business success. Leo has launched and managed social ventures, lead multi-disciplinary teams, and built solid relationships with civic and corporate leaders. His 25-year career has spanned executive management, business development, consulting, nonprofit management, technical support and engineering positions with Southwest Key Programs, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Coremetrics, Trilogy and Apple.
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The Power of Storytelling in CSR
Encast News, CSR, ROI May 20, 2020

In the world of Corporate Social Responsibility, businesses put extraordinary efforts into...


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Top 3 Business Imperatives for CSR in the COVID-19 Era
Encast News, CSR, ROI April 28, 2020

Top 3 Business Imperatives for CSR in the COVID-19 Era 


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Encast, COVID-19, & The Future of CSR
Encast News, CSR, ROI April 28, 2020

From the entire team at Encast, we hope you and your families are safe and healthy. 


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SXSW and Givin' Good in the Neighborhood

The rites of spring in Austin tend to be fixed on Bluebonnets, Indian paint brush, warm winds...


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Branding and Workplace Culture
Workplace Culture, CSR, ROI, Inspiration February 8, 2018

The trend toward Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) over the past decade has had a tremendous...


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What Is Workplace Culture?
Millennials, Workplace Culture, CSR February 7, 2018

Culture is the character and personality of your organization. It's what makes your organization...


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How Crypto for Social Good Will Change the Way We Give Back

In this episode, we’ll speak with three special guests - Drew Galloway, Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, and...


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The Energy of Inspired Employees

"We all want to be a valued member of a winning team on an inspiring mission," he says. This is the...


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A Quick Encast Howdy from Texas
Encast News December 22, 2017

We often get asked about our company and how we improve workplace culture. The term can be...


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How to Help Great Causes
Encast News September 21, 2017

by Leo Ramirez, Jr., CEO, Founder of Encast

A lot of people who want to help often struggle...


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4 Nonprofits for Labor Rights
Featured Causes August 28, 2017

Labor rights have come a long way since the founding of America. While there should be pride in...


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How to Calculate the Cost of Employee Turnover

We all know that no matter the industry, your employees are your company's most valuable...


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How to Recruit a Millennial When You’re a Bitter Gen X-er

Here at Encast, we write a lot about Millennials. Specifically, we have written quite a few...


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Your Baby Boomer and Millennial Employees Want the Same Benefits

Complaining about other generations is so commonplace it has become cliché.


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10 Employee Turnover Statistics That’ll Make Any HR Manager Cringe
Workplace Culture July 24, 2017

We all know employee turnover is bad, but are you aware of how much it is costing your company?...


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The Truth About Donation Processing Fees (And Why You Should Be Mad)
ROI July 5, 2017

Fees seem to be everywhere these days. Want to access your money from the closest ATM? You will...


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How to Increase Employee Volunteering AND Build Company Culture
Workplace Culture, CSR June 27, 2017

A successful corporate social responsibility program is one that gets employees excited about...


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Women in the Workplace – What’s the Fuss and What We Can Do
Workplace Culture June 20, 2017

There is no denying that there is a gender gap in the workplace. It’s a gap we hope we can...


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Featured Businesses: 4 Companies Who Truly Give Back
CSR June 13, 2017

Wondering what a successful corporate social responsibility program looks like? By now, most...


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5 Need-to-Know Organizations That Are Actually Helping Veterans
Featured Causes June 8, 2017

As a nation, we owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who have served in our Armed...


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What the hell is a donor advised fund and why should I care?
CSR, ROI June 7, 2017

If you don’t wear a top hat and a monocle on a regular basis, you probably don’t know what a...


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Top 15 Reasons People Quit Their Job
Workplace Culture June 6, 2017

Every time an employee quits, there is a reason––or many. Leaving a job isn't just something...


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The Real Reasons You Have to Hire Millennials
Millennials June 1, 2017

There are a lot of articles, jokes, and memes about millennials that get shared on social media....


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A Better Name than "Nonprofit"
Inspiration May 31, 2017

We all know businesses are out to make a profit, either for the owner or for their shareholders....


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Why Your Charitable Giving Isn’t—and Shouldn’t Be—About “Politics”
Workplace Culture, CSR May 30, 2017

It’s a tough time right now. The current political climate is intense and heated. We understand...


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Why a CSR Tool Might Not Be For You
Benefits, CSR May 25, 2017

We know what you’re thinking: “Why would a company that sells CSR tools write a blog post...


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Average Joe Philanthropist Wants Invite to Party
Inspiration May 24, 2017

To live a philanthropic or giving life doesn’t mean you aren’t fun. It doesn’t mean you give...


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5 Charities for Helping the Environment
Featured Causes May 23, 2017

Helping the environment can mean a lot of different things. The fact is that there are a lot of...


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4 of Our Favorite Charities to Help Refugees
Featured Causes May 16, 2017

Across the globe, catastrophes from famine to war force millions of people to flee their homes...


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7 Attention-Grabbing Words to Describe Company Culture
Workplace Culture May 11, 2017

If you want to attract top talent on the job market these days, you need to give job seekers a...


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Do I Need a CSR Tool? Or Is It a Waste of Money?
Benefits, CSR May 9, 2017

You would be hard-pressed today to find a company, employee or consumer with zero interest in...


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Girl Power! 5 Charitable Organizations That Aim to Help Young Girls
Featured Causes May 4, 2017

Girls and young women are the community leaders and CEOs of our future, but many face obstacles...


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Featured Charity: Orbis—Bringing the World to Fight Blindness
Featured Causes May 3, 2017

No one asks the government for a penny. Everything is accomplished through donations....


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Why Were Some People Unwilling to Give Money to Charity?
CSR May 2, 2017

When you establish a corporate social responsibility program, it’s natural to focus on why...


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Employee Turnover is Always Bad for an Organization, Right?
Benefits April 27, 2017

Not every employee is a great fit for every company. We know that. It’s why companies spend a...


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10 Employee Giving Campaigns Ideas that Actually Sound Fun
CSR April 25, 2017

We all have slightly different things we like to do for fun. While a messy obstacle course may...


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6 Small Things to Do Today to Help Your Favorite Causes
Inspiration April 20, 2017

Have a cause or charity that matters to you, but are unsure how you can help? You are not alone.


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Featured Charity: Latinitas - Empowering Latina Youth
Featured Causes April 19, 2017

There are problems among young Latinas.

Latina youth show some of the most alarming rates of...


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4 Out-of-the-Ordinary Animal Shelters You Need to Hear About
Featured Causes April 18, 2017

In 2015, charitable giving to benefit animals and the environment totaled 10.68 billion dollars....


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Local vs Global Charities—Who Do I Donate To?
Inspiration April 13, 2017

You’ve found a cause that you are passionate about – you want to work to eliminate childhood...


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What Should My Employee Retention Rate Be?
Workplace Culture April 11, 2017

Your employee retention rate is the percentage of employees who have stayed with your company...


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Featured Charity—Hill Country Youth Ranch
Featured Causes April 6, 2017

Our childhood experiences shape our lives.

A glimpse at the night sky can inspire a career in...


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Try Our New Attrition Calculator!
ROI April 4, 2017

Not everyone who works for your company will remain there. Some employees will stay for years....


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4 Rock-Star Community Gardens That Are Making a Huge Impact
Featured Causes March 30, 2017

Food brings people and communities together.


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Celebrate Mom and Pop Business Day
Inspiration March 28, 2017

March 29th is Mom and Pop Business Day in the United States. According to the United States...


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5 Questions to Gauge the Strength of Your Employee Culture
Workplace Culture, Benefits March 21, 2017

Workplace culture is the environment created by your corporate values and vision. It is the...


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How to Actually Implement Your Great, Charitable Idea
Inspiration March 16, 2017

Ever have a moment where you come up with an amazing idea that could benefit your community or...


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Why Your Employee Giving Program Should Include Employee matching
Benefits, CSR March 14, 2017

When it comes to creating a corporate giving strategy, you have a lot of options. Unfortunately,...


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Featured Charity: Lava Mae—Bringing Dignity to the Homeless
Inspiration March 9, 2017

Ever wondered about the difference a shower can make? If you have never experienced...


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Are You Thinking Big Enough?
Inspiration March 8, 2017

We’ve all heard someone tell us to “think big,” but what does that mean? Recently, I have opened...


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Shut Up and Do Something—A SXSW Panel from Real People Who Took Action
Encast News March 7, 2017

We talk a lot about doing good around here at Encast.

If you haven't caught on, yet—it's what...


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The Babies of Boomers

Every American generation changes something. They have an impact. Or get branded with a name...


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How Are You Defining Corporate Social Responsibility Success?
Benefits, CSR February 28, 2017

Is your corporate social responsibility program successful? How do you know? There are a variety...


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Changing Intentions into Actions:  A Mind Changed In The Face of New Information & Technology
While there are areas in my life I can be decidedly stubborn I like to think of myself as a...
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It's Never Been Easier to Give Like You Mean It
Workplace Culture, CSR February 21, 2017

When I was a kid, my first foray into charitable giving was to participate in a walk for the...


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Is Facebook a Viable Giving Platform?
CSR February 14, 2017

Thanks to ever-evolving technology, there are a wide array of tools designed to facilitate and...


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Participation in CSR is Born From Choice—NOT Mandates
Benefits, CSR February 7, 2017

Imagine this: you go to work one day only to find that a percentage of every employee’s paycheck...


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​8 Must-Take Steps Before Launching a Corporate Giving Program
Benefits, CSR January 31, 2017

Corporate social responsibility has gone from a buzzword to an expectation.


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​How HR Technology Can Fuel Your Corporate Philanthropy
Benefits January 24, 2017

Wondering what's standing between your current corporate giving strategy and your ideal...


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How Corporate Social Responsibility Can Actually Be Easy
CSR January 17, 2017

If it seems to you that everyone in the business world is focusing on corporate social...


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Motivating Employees to Give Back Is Easier Than You Think
Workplace Culture, CSR January 10, 2017

Not getting the response you expected from your employee giving campaign?


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The Cause Generation—Why Millennials Are Key to Employee Giving Programs
Millennials, Workplace Culture January 3, 2017

Do you have any idea how many of your employees are millennials?

Despite all the negative press...


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Are Businesses Measuring Their Corporate Social Responsibility?
CSR, ROI December 27, 2016

Companies start corporate social responsibility initiatives for a variety of reasons.

At the...


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Corporate Social Responsibility Isn't Just the Cool Thing to Do
Millennials, Benefits, CSR December 20, 2016

 

Corporate Social Responsibility, once a rare occurrence, has become the standard for companies...


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Aligning Your Corporate Giving Programs with Millennials
Millennials, Benefits, CSR December 13, 2016

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, millennials are flooding into the workforce.


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​4 Predictions for the Future of Corporate Philanthropy
CSR December 6, 2016

There was a time when a corporation giving back to the community was considered an anomaly, but...


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The Real Truth about HR Technology and Employee Giving Campaigns
CSR November 22, 2016

From desktop computers and laptops to security systems and smartphones, technology is our...


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The Generous Generation—3 Millennial Myths Debunked
Millennials November 17, 2016

We’re pretty sure there’s some unwritten rule that every generation is supposed to rag on the...


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How to Spend $100,000 on Prom
CSR October 20, 2016

Giving. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Frankly, it’s something we learn to do. Babies are not...


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Nonprofits Take Note - Not a Proud Admission
Inspiration August 2, 2016

The year before last, the son of a colleague I highly respect passed away. There were no notices...


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Encast Launches Lifestyle of Giving Web Magazine
CSR July 25, 2016

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A Credit Card for Buying and Doing Good
CSR June 17, 2016

by Caitlin O'Dowd


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Fee Free Giving from Encast
ROI June 2, 2016

by Leo Ramirez, Jr., Encast CEO and co-founder


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Can a Business Make a Profit and a Difference?
ROI May 18, 2016

Encast has a pretty significant revenue model. But we will also be doing a lot of good in the...


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The Babies of Boomers
Millennials April 18, 2016

by James C. Moore


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Spring Cleaning for Fund Raisers
CSR April 11, 2016

By Jim Eskin


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Fund Raising: It's Common Sense
CSR April 4, 2016

by Jim Eskin


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The Measure of a Man
Workplace Culture March 29, 2016

We usually cannot assess the importance of various moments in our lives until many years have...


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Encast Closes $2.25 Million Angel Round for SXSW Launch
Encast News March 11, 2016

AUSTIN, TexasMarch 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In advance of the SXSW Interactive Conference, Austin...


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What Encast is Up To
Encast News March 2, 2016

We have two goals at Encast. The first is to increase charitable giving by making it easier and...


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A New Kind of Philanthropy
CSR February 23, 2016

By Ryan Surber, Encast Co-Founder and CFO


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Simple Ideas Change the World
Benefits February 17, 2016

The most powerful ideas are simple. They are what change the world. And always have. We had one...


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