Thanksgiving is coming up in a couple days. Holiday season is in full swing after that. Many startups and small businesses have embraced the idea of giving back in some way during the holidays. If you’re just getting going with your startup, it can be difficult for your company to make a substantial monetary donation. There are other ways your startup or small business can help others during the holidays though.
Below are some ways you can make a difference during the holiday season.
One way you and your employees can help others during the holidays is to volunteer at a local non-profit. You don’t necessarily need to volunteer before the end of the year if it isn’t possible. Schedule a company-wide volunteer day sometime in 2017. You and your team can meet at the office, then go to a food pantry, animal shelter or other non-profit for the day. You will be helping others whole working together outside the office, which is a great team building exercise.
Hold a food drive at your office for a local food pantry or collect toys for Toys for Tots. Ask employees to collect food, toys and other items, then donate them on their behalf. Many individuals want to give back during the holidays anyway. By allowing employees to simply items to their work, it makes it easy for them to contribute to a great cause.
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If your company provides goods or services that may be of value to a non-profit organization, consider donating them. Legal, technology, graphic design, web development, shipping and printing are often in high demand at non-profits.
Many events over the holiday season give their proceeds to a charity. Sponsoring one of these events allows your business to give back to a worthy cause while also getting some publicity. For some events, sponsorship can simply include the donation of a gift certificate or product. It can be an easy way to help make a difference during the holidays.
If you sell products online, consider adding an option to allow customers to add a small donation at checkout. If you’ve ever ordered a domain or other service through GoDaddy, you may have noticed that they give you the option to round up your order price for charity. Many eCommerce systems offer ways to let people add-on items during checkout. You can use this option to let customers make a donation to a non-profit of your choice.
Consider asking employees to pay $1-2 for drinks at your holiday party, then donate those proceeds to a local charity. You can put a sign on the bar letting people know that the money is going to charity. Be careful though, if your employees are in the giving mood they may get a little carried away!
Making a difference over the holiday season doesn’t have to break the bank of your small business. If you’ve been hesitant to get involved with charitable giving, consider one of the options above this year. It will help to make the holidays better for you and others.