For many non-profit organizations, the donations they receive in money, time and various other resources are more than merely a “want”. Without the support of large and small businesses alike, these organizations that meet the crucial needs of multitudes of people, would not be able to operate. But thanks to the generous support of community-minded companies, these life-impacting organizations can continue to meet benefit humanity.
No gift of money, time, talents or services is too small to have a lasting impact. And as companies across the country have discovered, they receive as much goodwill as the not-for-profit they serve.
“For me, giving back means finding ways to benefit the community that may also benefit my business — after all, without the community’s support, small businesses wouldn’t exist,” notes Dwight Lieb, commercial real estate developer. He further cites research by Ernst & Young and the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund that demonstrates the correlation between philanthropy and business success.
- 89 percent of entrepreneurs donate money, both personally and through their companies
- 62 percent of those who donated reported that giving back makes their companies more successful
Check out these tips for ways to get onboard with “giving back.”
Focus your Efforts
Want to really make an impact? Choose one cause/organization to commit your entire company’s efforts and resources to. If the sheer number of worthy causes has your head spinning, initiate a sit down with your employees. Choosing from among causes your staff is familiar with is a great place to start. Appoint a willing volunteer already associated with the organization to spearhead the company’s involvement. This will get things moving faster.
Consider sponsoring local sporting teams.
Who doesn’t appreciate the long-term benefits youth gain from team endeavors? Yet, these worthwhile activities often suffer from both a lack of funds and volunteers. Not only is this a fantastic way to dip your toes into the world of giving back, but also offers varying levels of involvement. These community-backed activities also provide a great opportunity for exposure.
Serve on a Community Board
Commit your company to fill one or more spots on a local community board. These positions are crucial to the long-term success of these organizations yet can be difficult to fill over the long haul. If possible, find an interest that suits what your business is all about. If you’re in a medically related business, participation with the Red Cross will make sense. If manufacturing is your area, then supporting the vocational arts programs at the local high school would be a good fit. Connecting with your industry in this way will likely provide a plethora of networking opportunities as well.
Plan and Host a Community Event
Pitching in wherever needed is a great way to show community spirit. But why not go a step further and volunteer to plan and host a segment of the local festival or the big parade – some significant community event. Get all troops on deck, utilizing the natural abilities of your workforce. Set the organizers to strategizing, the sales department to soliciting financial donations, the ad team to creating a marketing campaign, and so on.
As the largest independent, locally owned and operated staffing company in the St. Louis metropolitan area, B. Loehr Staffing name has been synonymous with giving back to the community with employment and training program for not-for-profit organizations since 1898. We have always been and will always be committed to providing top quality service and innovative solutions to the businesses of this fine community. Contact us today for assistance will of your staffing needs.