Engaging Employees in Corporate Philanthropy

Hands of female employee typingEarlier this year, I wrote about three reasons why employees like engaging in corporate philanthropy. To that list, I want to add several reasons why engaging your employees helps you.

Researchers from Wharton, Yale, and Harvard found that spending time on others increases feelings of competency, a willingness to commit to future tasks, and time affluence (“I can get that done!”) The studies found that giving provides a greater belief in time affluence than frittering it away, spending it on oneself, or even free time.

What does this have to do with your work place? Do a little study. Make a note of every time you hear someone use the word “busy” or one of its synonyms this week. It’s counterintuitive, but the more frequently you hear these expressions, the more you can benefit from establishing giving back guidelines to engage your staff in helping others.

Design corporate philanthropy to help your staff engage. Give your staff a greater sense of competency, time affluence, and openness to making future commitments. To improve your bottom-line, incorporate your business goals. To start, read the Giving Time Gives You Time study. To put it all together, request a free consultation with Karen.

Karen Eber Davis

Before founding her firm, Karen Eber Davis developed the Sarasota County Community Development Block Grant Program. Under her leadership, this infant program received the National Association of Counties National Affordable Housing Award for the Down Payment Assistance Program. To date, the program helped over 1,800 families realize their dreams of homeownership. She also worked with the City of Ft. Lauderdale and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, where she developed the division’s first audit program. In an earlier position at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tampa, she organized senior, youth, and children groups plus family activities. Her youth staffing work with the Florida Synod of the Lutheran Church in America supported youth ministries in 120 congregations in Florida.