Make a Bigger Impact
We all want to make the biggest possible impact with our investments. It is the same with charitable giving.
Here are some giving tips for those who are still active in the workplace:
- Payroll giving.
America’s Charities says that “Workplace giving is one of the most cost-effective and safe ways to donate to a charity.” Your workplace may have an annual giving campaign (United Way or their own) that lets you designate a portion of your income for a charity of your choice. It doesn’t get easier than this! You don’t have to make a big donation all at once or worry about writing a check every month. A few dollars out of your paycheck adds up to a big difference for your favorite cause. If you have not heard about a charitable giving program at your work, ask your human resources officer or payroll administrator if your company offers payroll deductions for charity.
- Employer Matches.
Many employers will match part or all of the donations made to the charity of your choice. Some will match you dollar for dollar, and others will add a pre-determined percentage. Check with your payroll administrator to see if payroll gifts are matched at your company. If you donate through payroll giving, they calculate this and donate it to the nonprofit in addition to the funds you designate—no extra work from you!
- Matching donations made directly to Neighbors.
Maybe you want to donate, but don’t want to set up an ongoing payroll gift, or you feel the need to make a larger one-time gift. Your company may still be able to match your donation. Ask your company’s human resources officer for more information. Many companies also have a separate charitable giving department (also referred to as Corporate Responsibility) that can help. If you are unsure where to get started, ask us at Neighbors! We keep a database of companies that offer corporate matches, and we can point you in the right direction.
- Leverage your company’s resources.
Many companies involve their employees in their corporate social responsibility programs. That might mean letting employees vote on corporate grant proposals, or letting you nominate your favorite nonprofit for a financial gift or prize. Maybe your company operates a large foundation, but proposals are only accepted if nominated by an employee. Some employers will offer paid time to volunteer each year, or donate funds to a charity if you have volunteered there. Keep your eye out for these opportunities, which can make a big impact without costing you anything but a little time.
- Organize a Food or Fund drive.
Passionate employees like you amplify their impact by inspiring their coworkers to work together on a food drive or sponsoring a family through the Holiday Gift Program. Even if you don’t work at a large corporation, as long as you have a few coworkers who are as kind and generous as you are, you can make a big impact! Reach out to Neighbors for support and materials to make your Food or Fund Drive a success, like our Food and Fund Drive Kit.
Questions about donating to Neighbors? Contact Scott at: 651-306-2148.