5 Ways to Give Back on Giving Tuesday without Breaking the Bank

5 Ways to Give Back on Giving Tuesday without Breaking the Bank As the Giving Tuesday movement continues to grow, your inbox is likely to fill with appeals to donate.  Here are 5 ways you can give back on Giving Tuesday without breaking the bank.   Donate Food to Food Banks The holiday season often depletes food banks.  After supporting all the Thanksgiving needs, your local food bank likely needs donations of nonperishable food. Give Blankets to Homeless Shelters As winter cold weather arrives, so too, does the need for donations of blankets, coats, hats and mittens.  There is also a need for small sundry items such as shampoos, soaps, deodorants, toothbrushes and toothpaste.    If you are a frequent traveler, save the small hotel [...]


5 Ways Your Company can Respond to Hurricane Harvey and Irma

5 Ways Your Company can Respond to Hurricane Harvey Companies large and small across America are responds to Hurricane Harvey's devastating impact on Houston and all of Texas.    Here are 5 ways that you, as a company, and your employees can respond. Make a Company Donation:  Donate to a reputable organization - Many organizations responding to Hurricane Harvey are nonprofit organizations, including large well known organizations such as the American Red Cross, World Vision and Global Impact.  But there are also many other organizations, including local nonprofits that are helping to rescue pets.   Offer an Employee Matching Donation:   To encourage employee donations, offer your employees an employee matching gift for organizations that are responding to the rescue effort.   With GivingTrax Cloud Software, companies [...]


How to Create an HR Policy for Employee Giving Programs

How to Create a HR Policy for Your Employee Giving Program In the first post in our series on How to Create Employee Giving Programs,  How to Start an Employee Matching Gifts Program in 6 Easy Steps, we shared how to: Step 1 – Act Like a Startup Step 2 – Set a Budget for a Pilot or Test Program Step 3 – Decide on the Employee Matching Gift Rate Step 4 – Decide Eligibility Criteria Step 5 – Choose a department, division, or sub-group to use as a pilot Step 6 – Select Cloud Software as a Service tool to Manage your Program That’s a great start, however, you may now [...]


5 Tips for Business to Promote GivingTuesday – #GivingTuesday

5 Tips for Business to Promote GivingTuesday Follow Hashtag #GIVINGTUESDAY   Today is GivingTuesday.  As the retailers race to count their coffers after the first official weekend of the holiday season and Amazon posts record sales per second on Cyber Monday, the nonprofit world has been anxiously awaiting GivingTuesday. Projections for donations to nonprofit organizations on GIVINGTUESDAY are anticipated to reach $40 Million.  It would be a surprise, if you haven't already received email solicitations.    My first one arrived during the night, asking for a dollar from Safe Streets.    Safe Streets, once said, "If everyone on our email list only gave just a dollar, it would solve our funding problems".    Every dollar does count.      GivingTuesday to reach $40M It's great [...]


Monrovia Unified School District Extends Social Media Monitoring to 1 Mile Radius Around Schools

Monrovia Unified School District Extends Social Media Monitoring to 1 Mile Radius Around Schools   Monrovia High School and Canyon Oaks High School Extend Social Media Monitoring of EVERYONE within a 1 Mile Radius Every so often,  I find myself horrified by Social Media's invasion of my privacy.    Just this week, I learned that Monrivia Unified School District in California is extending social media monitoring to a 1-mile radius in spite of California Student Social-Media Privacy Law – AB 1442 through a contract with Geo Listening that was approved in the September 24, 2014 school board meeting. This means everyone within a 1-mile radius of the school will be monitored.  Social channels including Facebook and Instagram will be monitored. As a technologist, I've known for a [...]


How to Start an Employee Matching Gifts Program

How to Start an Employee Matching Gifts Program in 6 Easy Steps Are you ready to support today's workforce when it comes to Employee Giving Programs? Gone are the days of everyone gathering in the fall to rally for the yearly United Way campaign.  Participation rates are plummeting and it's no surprise.  Most employee giving campaigns with the exception of the largest of enterprises use paper forms.  Baby Boomers are retiring and Millenials don't do paper. For most companies, this may seem like a daunting task or at a minimum a very expensive task.  But, as more & more Millenials come into the work force, it's becoming more critical that companies embrace and foster how Millenials are already giving back versus attempting to convince [...]


5 Tips for a Successful We Care Program as a Corporate Giving Strategy

5 Tips for a Successful We Care Program at Kendall Automotive Group   Kendall Automotive Group embodies everything we think of when we see or hear about a "We Care Program" as a Corporate Philanthropy strategy or part of a larger CSR program. Until recently, my only experience with auto dealers was as a customer either buying or servicing a car.  As a buyer, I find the process stressful, uncomfortable and expensive, or in the case of servicing a car, time consuming. What I didn’t know was how deeply they care about their employees and the communities where they do business and where their employees live and work.  My eyes have been opened here at GivingTrax where we help businesses manage & share their [...]


Alaska Airlines is Doing Well by Doing Good

Alaska Airlines is Doing Well by Doing Good Many of us have our favorite airline, or at least the one we fly most often, even if it’s simply to maximize frequent flyer miles. For us, it’s always been Alaska Airlines, mostly because they are local to Seattle and are highly regarded, not to mention what a treat it is to fly on Horizon Air and be served an ice cold micro-brew or glass of wine after a long day and the hustle & bustle through the airport.   Although we fly often, we hadn't thought much about what goes on, except from our own point of view. Why is it that we, consumers, want to buy clothes, electronics, food and other consumables from socially conscience [...]


5 Tips to Grow Brand Loyalty for Restaurants Giving Back

Why does it seem like restaurants receive more than our fair share of donation requests?   At our Round Table Pizza locations, we used to receive calls for donation requests from all over Washington State – miles beyond our trade area. Yes, we’re an easy target.  Yes, most restaurants giving back do so because they want to give back.     Yes, it’s the right thing to do.  And, yes, most restaurants want to support our surrounding communities and schools….but, are we our own worst enemy, when it comes to giving back? The problem for restaurants giving back is: We receive far more donation requests than we can possibly approve;   yet, There is no easy way to say “no” especially if the individual asking is [...]


Canlis Restaurant’s Matching Gift Program Spurs Growth

Canlis Restaurant's Matching Gift Program Spurs Growth During Economic Downturn Like most restaurants, Canlis gives back - a lot!   And, they feel really good when they are able to support nonprofits in the surrounding areas by giving back, yet were overwhelmed at times by the sheer number of folks asking for donations.  They did not feel so good about having to say “no”, occasionally.    The problem was, as more & more folks became aware of their traditional restaurants giving back program, it became unsustainable.   Most of us would agree, restaurants receive far more than their fair share of donation requests. Mark Canlis says, “The problem is, restaurants bear the full burden of the entire donation and there is very little thankfulness [...]