Commitments to Action

A Commitment to Action – the defining feature of CGI – is a project, developed, and executed by CGI members, that addresses a significant challenge. Each commitment includes a detailed project plan that outlines clear and measurable objectives, a timeline and budget, and key steps required to achieve success. Commitments can be small or large, financial or non-monetary, and philanthropic or core business-related. Many commitments leverage new resources through cross-sector partnerships, with commitment-makers combining efforts to expand their impact.

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Since the launch of the Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, CGI members have developed more than 55 Commitments to Action that address significant challenges in hurricane response and resiliency, such as expanding renewable energy, increasing access to health care services, and pre-positioning relief supplies. Learn more >>>

At a minimum, every CGI Commitment to Action must have five criteria:


A CGI commitment must be a new project that addresses a key challenge. While ongoing work is not eligible, an expansion of a successful program with key new elements does qualify as a valid Commitment to Action.


A CGI commitment must outline a specific approach to a problem, have clear and feasible objectives to be accomplished within a defined period of time, and articulate the desired outcome of the effort.


A CGI commitment must have specific quantitative goals that can be monitored by the commitment maker to evaluate progress over time.


A CGI commitment must present a plan to secure sufficient monetary and/or non-monetary resources to carry out the core function of the project over its full duration.


A CGI commitment must track quantitative and qualitative progress and report annually to CGI to show the extent of the project’s impact.