The relationship between small businesses (or companies of any size, for that matter) and nonprofit organizations is often mutually beneficial. Nonprofits ask for donations; companies respond by sponsoring nonprofits’ important projects. Nonprofits need volunteer hours; companies have manpower and time they can offer. Small businesses do not often have extremely developed corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, but that doesn’t mean they can’t or shouldn’t lend a helping hand to our nonprofit.
Ways to Help
If you want to give your employees a chance to bond as a team and effect some positive change at the same time, why not host a volunteer day?
If your employees enjoy giving money to their favorite charities, why not give those funds a boost and match them?
Having a nonprofit resource page on your company’s website or posted somewhere in the office can be a good way to inspire charitable fence-sitters who may need some encouragement.
If your employees have skills or services that they can lend to an organization, encourage them to do so! You can offer legal advice, account services or marketing consultation to small nonprofits that may be unable to pay for these types of services or hire outside help.
If you or someone in your company has a real passion for philanthropy, you might consider applying to become a nonprofit board member.
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We believe in the power of entrepreneurship – and an entrepreneurial spirit – to tackle global challenges, transform communities, create jobs, spur economic growth and close the opportunity gap that confronts far too many people here in the United States and around the world.
We believe that through entrepreneurship, we can create more vibrant communities, a stronger America and a more prosperous world, close the opportunity gap and scale creative solutions to persistent problems.
A sense of economic opportunity is like fire – when ignited, it spreads quickly. We intend to stoke the fire and support the visionary change makers ready to take action.
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Citizens are ready for, and demanding, social change. They need better, smarter and more effective ways to enact that change and they need greater faith that their voice will make a difference. We want to catalyze the efforts of change makers who put citizens at the center of efforts to solve the world’s greatest social challenges.
The actions of one person have the potential to spark a movement. And we believe that it are movements created by engaged citizens that can lead to transformative change.