April has been a very eventful month for all of us here at the Tapolci Foundation! We’ve certainly been picking up the pace on our philanthropic efforts outside of the office in the past few weeks. To recap, we held our wildly successful event, #FundTheTruck, at Mad Mex in Robinson, exceeding our goal of raising $2,500 towards a 24’ refrigerated truck needed for the Greater Washington County Food Bank!
Getting your business involved in Philanthropy not only leads to a great public image but, more importantly, it makes a difference in the community. The question, however, is how do you get your employees to spend their time volunteering? Below are some suggestions from on how to get employees interested, excited, and on track to volunteer in 2017.
Stand for Something
“It’s good to stand for something, to believe in something and base your business on values.”
Make sure your employees know that your organization believes in making a difference. Do this by emphasizing the organization’s values. Publicize the donations (both monetary and in time) you have given to organizations with similar values. Seeing the overall contribution will motivate employees to get involved.
Start at the Top
Get executive-level employees to set an example for everyone. Getting the CEO, CFO, COO, and executive-level management involved will assist in creating an inclusive philanthropic environment for your employees.
Everything is easier to do in a group. If you can spare a day or two, organize company or departmental volunteer events. This will help those new to volunteering feel more comfortable and those veteran volunteers will learn about new organizations and ways to give back. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Get to know your employees
How well do you know your employees outside of the workplace? Many of them have passions and skill sets outside of their day-to-day work. Take time to learn more about them. Then use this information to help pair them with organizations that match their passions.
Who doesn’t like an extra day off? Many companies have a volunteer policy, either giving employees time off to volunteer, company-wide recognition, lunches, or a combination of incentives. Incentives are nice; however, they work best when there is a spirit of philanthropy within the entire company.
Do you volunteer? Does your organization support or encourage your efforts? Or, are you a manager looking for ways to get employees to volunteer more? Start a conversation and share ideas in the comments!
Today is National Read a Book Day! Here at the Tapolci Foundation we would like to encourage everyone to take the day and read about philanthropy. Here is a list of books to help you become more knowledgeable about nonprofits, volunteering, and giving back! We’ve included the author’s description about each book and the links to buy them to help you pick one to start on today.
Giving with Confidence: A Guide To Savvy Philanthropy
by Colburn Wilbur
Over 1.5 million non-profits are registered in the US according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS). All of which are looking to garner support from the public. The two largest groups, with greatest buying power, are the Baby Boomers and Millennials; groups with very different experiences and motivations.
Baby Boomers watched as Neil Armstrong took “one small step” on the moon, can remember the Cold War, JFK’s assassination, and the Vietnam War, as well as Beatle-mania and Woodstock. They also saw some of the most successful years we’ve had as a country, and are generally more financially secure. Millennials witnessed the birth, and foster the growth of the digital age, watched as the Twin Towers fell, helped elect the United States’ first African-American President, and stream music on their iPhones. Though they have considerable buying power (due to the large size of the group), many Millennials struggle to reach the financial success of the older generations due to the “Great Recession” in the late 2000s. These groups have different perspectives of the world but both groups are big on giving back.
The 4th of July is a time to appreciate your independence. Picnics, pool parties and fireworks aside, let us help you find ways to celebrate by giving back!
Continued freedom comes with a price; many men and women have in the past, or are currently helping to secure your freedom. Show your appreciation for our troops past and present at home and overseas. Check out a philanthropy or two; each has a unique perspective to help those who help to give us our freedom.
Veteran Tickets Foundation– Veteran Tickets Foundation teams up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues and ticket holders to provide free and discounted tickets to the more than 21 million Military and Veterans.
Let’s take a break from talking about the Millennial Generation and focus on the future of philanthropy, Generation Z. Gen Z represents the 23 million Americans born between 1994 and 2010, making them currently between the ages of 6 and 22 years old. These teens and preteens are unique because they do not remember a time before technology. Seventy-nine percent of Gen Z consumers display symptoms of emotional distress when kept away from their personal electronic devices. This influences their shopping, learning, and philanthropic habits.
Speaking of philanthropy, something to remember about Gen Z is that they want to make a difference. Sixty percent want their jobs to impact the world, 26% of 16- to 19-year-olds currently volunteer, and 76% are concerned about humanity’s impact on the planet. Not only does this generation want to make a difference, they have much more information than the generations before them because of their connection to technology.
Susan Crites Price, a philanthropy writer, lists the following three tips to engage the upcoming generation in philanthropic work.