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Engaging in Corporate Philanthropy

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Getting involved at the corporate level is pivotal not only in your community, but to the business as well.

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Engaging in Corporate Philanthropy

  1. 1. CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY E N G A G I N G I N Ways You and Your Business Can Get Involved
  2. 2. GIVING MONEY "Travel is a way of life." In recent years, people are donating more now than ever, as are corporations. But far too often do businesses get too deep into the idea that the only way they can make an impact on the community is by giving excess profits to a local charity. Monetary donations are a very fast and very easy way for a CEO or large business to get involved, but it isn’t always as readily available a means for small businesses. Here are some ways that a business can engage in corporate philanthropy without donating money directly. The average charitable donation per household in the United States--the highest it has ever been. $358
  3. 3. TIME Businesses can volunteer almost anywhere to raise awareness and help when needed. Excess goods can be donated as write-offs. Combine money and time to kill two birds with one stone with a fundraiser. FUNDRAISING GOODS GRANTS H O W C A N B U S I N E S S E S G E T I N V O L V E D ? Matching donations and grants offered by businesses help increase money received by an NPO.
  4. 4. DONATING YOUR TIME Aside from giving money directly, donating time is one of the largest, easiest ways for multiple members of a business to get involved. Corporate volunteer time is a fairly common practice among businesses both large and small--employees can all spend a few hours on certain weekends at a place like a soup kitchen or community rec center helping those who need it the most. They’re also fantastic team building exercises and wonderful opportunities to interact with your coworkers outside of the same office you’re in 5 days a week. Some companies even offer paid time off to volunteer, which reflects well on the employees, the community and the business as a whole.
  5. 5. DONATING GOODS If you work for a business that manufactures or sells goods directly to consumers or businesses, sometimes donating your products goes quite a long way at very little cost to you. Apple is known for doing this (this isn’t the last time the computer giant will be mentioned in this blog), often donating iPads to schools around the country to help educational endeavors.
  6. 6. HOLDING FUNDRAISERS Something as simple as a canned goods drive, clothing drive or bake sale can generate some much-needed necessities to people in need. Small budget attached and employee-volunteers to keep costs minimal. However, if you do have the profits to donate money, by all means it’s encouraged. Donating proceeds to a worthy cause can have an enormous impact.
  7. 7. GRANTS & MATCHING DONATIONS Companies like Apple, Expedia and General Electric all offer similar matching and grant services towards charities and community programming. These promises involve matching all donations that employees make to a certain amount. Grants are similar, but involve no monetary donation on the part of the employees. Apple, for example, donates $25 for every hour that its employees volunteer at a charity or nonprofit organization, effectively paying proceeds directly to the charity on top of the time donated by employees!
  8. 8. CAROLEARGO.ORG F O R M O R E I N F O O N C H A R I T Y , P H I L A N T H R O P Y A N D N P O S

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