This time of year, JustGive gets a lot of inquiries from companies that want to do something for charity during the holidays. They don’t always know what they want to do, but most importantly, they have a desire to give back on behalf of their company, employees or customers.
If you or your company is wondering how to include charity in your holiday activities this year, here are four ideas that make giving easy, fun, motivating and rewarding.
Set up a fundraiser & match donations
A fundraiser for one or several charities is a great way to inspire the giving spirit this season. Choose to support charities that connect with your company’s products or services (e.g. if you create educational software, consider supporting children’s or educational charities), or ones that your employees nominate.
Tip: If you need help selecting charities, the JustGive Guide contains 150 recommended charities organized by cause.
You can quickly create your online fundraising page, customize it with your description, image or video, a fundraising goal and deadline, and you’re ready to go. Then just share the link with your team and watch the donations roll in!
If you want to go the extra mile, add your company branding to the fundraiser and match donations made by employees, contact us to find out more.
Donations as gifts
If your office has an annual Secret Santa tradition, remind participants that making a gift donation in a co-worker’s name is a great gift.
A gift donation is also the perfect way to thank your partners, vendors and customers during the holidays. Find out what cause they care most about and donate to a charity that supports it. We guarantee it’ll be one of the most thoughtful business gifts they receive this year.
Tip: If you don’t know what charity your recipient would like to donate to, get them a JustGive Charity Gift Card instead. Then they can visit justgive.org and redeem it for a donation to the charity of their choice.
Gift cards—for charity!
Finding a holiday gift that works for everyone in your office is nearly impossible. But rather than default to the expected Starbucks or Amazon card this year, surprise them with a JustGive Charity Gift Card.
JustGive charity gift cards work like typical gift cards except recipients visit justgive.org to redeem the card for a donation to their favorite charities.
Choose any denomination, customize with your logo / branding, add your holiday message, and deliver them to your recipients via email, as printed cards, or through downloadable claim codes you merge into your own holiday communication. Read about New England BioLabs’ experience using charity gift cards to reward employees.
JustGive Charity Gift Cards are great, memorable gifts for partners, vendors and customers too! The card itself can be your gift or you can include it as that “something extra” with a physical gift. Check out how Deep River Snacks is including gift cards in their consumer holiday gift pack this year.
Make a donation in your company’s name
If your company and employees regularly support a cause or charity throughout the year, consider making a large donation during the holidays to support it.
You can even get employees to nominate charities and have them vote for which one receives the donation. Not only will you gain a nice tax deduction, but you’ll also benefit from engaging your team, who’ll feel like the company is making a real difference this holiday season.
Those are just a few of the ways you can include charity in your company’s holiday activities. Have another idea or need JustGive’s help with a program? Contact us and we’ll get it rolling.
– Sarah Bacon
Director of Product