As good corporate citizens we know that giving back can make a big difference in the lives of those less fortunate than us. Sure, we work hard for our success, but there is no denying that helping to lift others up can only make the world a better place. If we’re lucky, we might even help some folks on the road to their own success stories. Giving matters.
There are some incredible examples of organizations that put their money where the mouth is. I am involved as an executive committee member at CompTIA and am proud to say their “CompTIA Giving” initiative has committed $3 million dollars for philanthropic initiatives in 2017. MWAi, Atlantic, Tomorrow’s Office and a host of other companies do a great job supporting The Jillian Fund which makes a huge difference in the lives of those hit hard by a child’s illness. At Print Audit we support The Card That Gives and have given our employees and customers cards on occasion which they can use to donate to a charity of their choice. It really brings people together while helping those that need it most. I’m sure you have some great examples of your own.
Of course money is not the only way to give back and even companies with small budgets can do their part to make a big difference. Here are the top 3 ways we can all give back, even on a budget:
Donate Equipment: In the office equipment channel we move a lot of iron. Often times when we refresh or optimize a customer’s print environment we remove a lot of older equipment. Most times that equipment still has a lot of life left in them. Instead of sending to the recycling yard we can look to donate them to organizations that will repurpose them. Recently at Print Audit we updated our phone systems and donated the old ones to a couple of local schools. They were thrilled with the phone system and our people felt awesome making a small difference. There a host of options out there for donating used computers, print equipment, and other essential office items. To find a list of places you can donate, you can start here or do some research in your local area.
Donate Time: Another way we can make a difference is by putting in a little time. I have many friends who have volunteered hours to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity. One way I like to donate my time is by coaching youth basketball because I see the huge difference that sport can make in the lives of kids who don’t have as much as mine. You don’t need to be a skilled tradesperson or athletic superstar to donate your time. Trust me, my basketball skills leave a great deal to be desired! Many hands make big tasks a lot easier, and the social interaction with other people doing their part to make a difference can’t be underscored enough. There are a ton of charitable organizations that benefit from people volunteering and there’s some great advice at The Charity Navigator to help you get started.
Donate Expertise: If you belong to a high value vertical like legal and medical there are no shortages of organizations that will gladly use your skills. Doctors Without Borders is a great example, and there are a ton more. But you don’t need to be a doctor or a lawyer to offer extremely valuable skills that can help those in need. If you are a web developer, blog writer, HR professional, accountant, athlete, or an artist, you can make a difference! As I mentioned earlier, I donate my time as a coach and I can tell you from experience that I get much, MUCH more back than I give. A really cool trend is “virtual volunteering” which allows you to contribute without ever having to leave your office! For more on how you can make a difference virtually, visit VolunteerMatch.
Now it’s your turn! Make sure to share your volunteer or giving experiences and advice in the comment section! For every experience or advice comment shared on this post before May 15th, 2017, Print Audit will donate $25 to The Alex. The Alex offers free health services to those in need and Sean Halliday, our President of NeoStream, is a volunteer director. And remember, sharing is caring!