Do you want to start supporting a charity but are not sure how?
There are so many ways that businesses can give something back to the local community or to national non-profit organizations.
Whether you want to make an anonymous donation once a year or you think you would benefit from a more hands-on approach, discover seven ways your business can support a charity and make a real difference in the world.
- Make a donation
The simplest and quickest way for your business to support a charitable organization is by making a donation. This could be a once-a-year set amount donation, a percentage of sales, or a percentage of profits.
One of the main benefits of making a donation to a national charity such as the American Red Cross is that these are deductible. This means that you can do something good and save money on your tax bill.
- Volunteer for a project
If you want to get your entire team involved in supporting a charity, then you might want to give volunteering a try.
To choose a volunteering project, think about what specific skills and experiences your employees can bring to the table. For example, website design, social media marketing or accountancy?
- Donate items
If you don’t want to donate money, why not consider donating items instead? For example, if you work within the retail sector, you could donate coats, blankets, and other warm clothing to a charity that works with the homeless.
Alternatively, you could organize a drive to collect items that a particular charity needs or arrange transportation to pick up items that people want to donate.
- Organize fundraisers
Local businesses can benefit from organizing fundraising events in the community, helping to raise money and awareness.
There are so many different types of fundraising events that you could choose to organize, such as cake sales, raffles, office challenges, races, and more.
- Sponsor a charitable event
For businesses that really want to showcase their charitable efforts, you might want to look into sponsoring a charitable event.
Providing you with the perfect opportunity to help a local or national charity, boost brand awareness and enhance your business’ reputation, charities organize events all through the year.
- Act as a charity ambassador
A charity ambassador is someone who helps to raise awareness of a non-profit organization. They also help to find people who are willing to get involved in helping a charity.
This is a good option for businesses that do not have the resources to help a charity directly but still want to help make a difference.
- Buy a charity’s products
If a charity sells products that your business needs or uses, then one simple way to support them is by making them your main supplier of these products.
For example, if they offer a catering service, you could book them for your next corporate event. Or if they sell office supplies, you could purchase these for your business.