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Sometimes, making one-time donations and matching your employees’ donations is not enough. It is necessary to find a cause and do something to benefit it as a team. So where do you begin?
Incorporating a charity model into your business model can take some work. Apart from getting some tax benefits, you can truly make a difference by dedicating time and effort.
Who do you want to help?
One effective way to find out which charity to pick is by listing what is important for you and your team. List the scholarships you have come across, the organizations you have worked with and the events that have left a lasting impact on you. Sometimes, there is an exception – you want to be a part of a cause that has not directly impacted you.
What do you want to contribute to the charity?
First, you need to find out how you want to give back. Take a look at the cause and find out how it aligns to your branding message. Is there a natural relationship between your brand and the cause? Visit Charity Team Building Events to learn more, but here are a few specific ways you can help.
Make something for the event
Since you already know what your business is good at making, you can create specific products for the charity of your choice. For example – creating wheelchairs and other mobility aids for disabled veterans can become your cause if your team excels in engineering and technology. Sticking to your commitment is essential. So, speak to your group about what they want to contribute and stick to that.
Offer something you already sell
Does your company produce clothing for children? Do you excel at manufacturing healthy snacks for all ages? It would be a great idea to create something exclusively for your charity by leveraging the skill set and technology you already have at your disposal. It will improve team bonding, and promote communication between the participants. At the same time, you can think about dedicating a part of your daily proceeds to charity in addition to donating your products.
Make use of your professional relationships
Corporate relations can become assets for charitable efforts. You might want to begin networking with associated companies and your partners right now. Think about the conferences you have attended in recent times, press meets and sponsorship events. Are there people who can help your cause and add publicity to your event?
Do you have a set timeframe in mind?
Once you know the “who” and “what” of your charity work, you need to spend some time thinking about the “when.” Having a set timeframe can help your teamwork with a deadline in mind. It might sound counterintuitive to a team-building effort, but working within an established timeframe can help you set the expectations for your employees and contribute effectively to the charity.