Like all other corporate functions, organizations need to regularly analyze the effectiveness of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Here are ten ways in which your firm can reimagine your CSR initiatives to have a greater impact.
1. Dollar-for-dollar match
You can match your employees’ contributions to their favorite charities. This gives freedom to your workforce to independently choose causes and widens the scope of your CSR programs. This will also bring several local nonprofits into your CSR orbit.
2. Race for a cause
Your organization can race for a cure as a team. There are several such causes that haven’t received adequate attention. You can identify one such mission and get your entire firm to participate in the race. This gives you the flexibility to choose different causes every year.
3. Fitness challenge
It could be pushups, planks, or the number of steps your employees take every day. You can hold monthly fitness challenges and reward the winners by supporting charities of their choice. This will also improve the overall fitness levels of your workforce.
4. Pro-bono services
Whether it’s offering legal advice, advertising, and promotional materials, website design or redesign, accounting services, or administrative help, there’s a lot your employees can do to help nonprofits. Once every six months, you can devote a day to such pro-bono services.
5. Paid time for employees to volunteer
You can offer a week of paid time every year to your employees to volunteer for their favorite nonprofits. Such efforts will create a virtuous cycle that will encourage other employees to volunteer.
6. Board service for employees
Along with paid time, you can encourage your team members to do board service. There are several non-profits that would immensely benefit from the expertise and experience of your workforce. This has the added benefit of imparting leadership skills to your employees.
7. Collective volunteering
While individual volunteering is empowering, collective action will have a greater impact. Identify a local nonprofit, understand their needs, and volunteer as a group. This should be a long-term project where you collectively provide resources and services and partner with nonprofits to understand their challenges and opportunities to provide expert guidance.
8. Donation drive
One of the most simple and effective CSR initiatives would be to hold a donation drive specifically for a cause or a charity in your locality. From school supplies to seasonal clothing to holiday gifts, the list can be endless. In such a program, you would also be involving the family members of your employees.
9. Hardware donation
Most organizations have unused hardware from computers to servers. There are several charities in your neighborhood that would need those. You should also consider donating your digital devices whenever your company upgrades your hardware.
10. Giving Digitized
Since 2020, Giving Digitized has been streamlining the volunteering efforts of organizations using insightful and innovative technologies. The platform makes it exceptionally easy to partner with and volunteer for charities and nonprofits in a socially distant way. You can set up time with our team to learn more.
The more you explore your CRS initiatives, the broader your programs will be and their compounded effects will have the power to change the lives of individuals and communities.