Small businesses have the opportunity to give back to the community in their own unique way. When asked, most small business will state that giving back is very important. Almost all entrepreneurs donate money to an important cause, and most agree that giving back actually benefits the company in the long run too.
Keeping business expenses to a minimum is important for small business owners, so it’s good to explore ways to give back aside from financial generosity. Some alternatives include donating your time and services. Here is a look at some ways your small business can give back to the community and do something great for others, while also benefiting your company in the long run.
Collect for Charity
If you have a storefront, you could start keeping a collection box at the front for important charities. Keep a collection from your favorite charity at the front desk or cash register so that employees and customers can drop in spare change. You’ll feel good when you get others involved in giving back to the community.
Donate to Silent Auctions
You can participate in silent auctions to help the community. Churches and schools often host fundraising events, and you could offer them gift certificates or merchandise from your store to help the cause. Others will bid on the item you offered up, which will benefit the church or school. You may possibly gain a new customer, even if their first experience was on you.
You can start a contest with other office buildings near you. Compete for a donations race in which the company that raises the most money through their employees, friends and partners, will win the contest. Together you can donate more to a local charity than individually.
Round up a Dollar Amount
Have you ever gone shopping and were asked if you wanted to round your bill up to the next dollar amount to help with a charitable cause? The consumer usually feels no burden giving an extra 50 cents to charity, and over time the money starts to really add up.
Another way the community can benefit from your storefront is by hosting store-wide events during busy hours of the day where a percentage of the sales go to a local charity. You could even consider matching every contribution during those event hours.
Choose a day to get out of the office and have your staff help volunteer with you. This is a great way to give back without donating money. While it may cost you in productivity, you’ll be doing a great thing for the community. Choose a few employees to volunteer with you and then decide on the charity of your choice. Whether it’s helping at a soup kitchen or building a home for Habitat for Humanity, any cause is a great cause. These group activities will create a bonding experience for your staff, which will develop strong company morale in the long run.
Sponsor a Youth Sports Team
Youth sports teams are always looking for companies to sponsor their activity. They need someone to donate their funds for jerseys and more. If someone in your staff has a child on a youth sports team, this is the perfect place to put your funds and give back. You can find any local team to sponsor and your name will likely go on the jersey as publicity for your donations.
Anytime you get the chance to offer your talents, time, energy, services or products to a good cause, it’s a great way to give back to the community. You may be surprised at how rewarding doing something for others truly is.