Strengthen Your Team By Spreading a Message of Philanthropy
onAugust 21st, 2018
- Updated onAugust 22, 2018 - 9:59am
Team building is one of the most important contributors to an engaged, inspiring company culture. But team building has to go above and beyond the traditional ‘track and field day’ with your teams. Today, teams want to support a social mission. Without integrating philanthropy into your company, your employees may find it less enjoyable to work for you—and some may even leave for more socially conscious organizations.
By 2025, the workforce will be 75% populated by the Millennial generation, who largely believe strongly in working for companies making social impacts. Creating a positive environment for your employees must occur through team building activities that are organized in the name of charity. Otherwise, you may lose out on a generation of dedicated, passionate workers.
Choosing the Right Cause Matters
Team Building Activities to Ignite the Spirit of Charity
- Reach out to a neighboring school. Have your employees sign up for a day of volunteering in a classroom, or participating in a bake sale at the school. They could even tutor students after school—and during office hours. This will connect your team with a message of furthering education and local philanthropy.
Look for causes in the news. Seek out opportunities in your community or beyond that have garnered public attention and/or calls to get involved. For example, AJO was recently approached by philanthropic team building partner, Caring Capital. Lutheran Social Services of New York (LSSNY) was caring for immigrant children separated from their parents at the border and Caring Capital contacted them after seeing the local news coverage.
AJO, along with other areas companies produced 60 Backpack Bundles for the children in LSSNY's Safe Haven Program. To learn more: AJO and Others Work with Caring Capital to Donate Backpacks to Immigrant Children Helped by LSSNY.
- Have a “Buy One, Give One” policy. Pick one of your products or services. Every time a customer purchases the item, donate one of the same items to a charity. Or, donate the same amount of money that the item was purchased for to a specific cause. This will act as a great motivator for both your sales and marketing teams.
- Contact a philanthropic team building organization such as Caring Capital who can help you identify projects that support your mission and team building goals and worthy recipients for your charitable team building events.