February 9, 2017

CSR, Business Philanthropy, and Your Website

Fingers picking up a laptop and graphic symbols nearbyGuess what a survey of the websites of twenty construction firms revealed about their corporate philanthropy and corporate social responsibility (CSR)? Not much. Half of the companies, selected because of their philanthropy, didn’t share it on their sites.

Even if you’re not in construction, here’s why it’s smart to share your business’ corporate responsibility practices on your website. 

  1. Customers. Somewhere between 81 and 94 percent of shoppers, including individuals and businesses, consult websites before purchasing. Unless you’ve decided on anonymity (i.e., you never let nonprofits list you as a contributor) your gifts of time, money, and resources support your brand. Your philanthropy offers connection points for customers with similar interests. Successful partnerships, also, indicate your ability to work with diverse and sometimes challenging clients.
  2. Potential Employees. Given that the vast majority of customers check websites, it safe to assume that smart job candidates also investigate sites. (Studies show that after what your company does and your workplace culture, many candidates choose companies because of the causes supported.) Philanthropy demonstrates that your firm cares about more than the bottom line. It’s an incognito statement about your generous culture.  
  3. Nonprofit Partners. As government funding fluctuates and nonprofits increase in their professionalism, expect to receive even more requests for funds. Are you a likely partner for their cause? Your website is the first places professionals scrutinize to learn about you. Clear interest statements reduce requests that don’t fit. And when unsolicited requests arrive, they offer you cover to comfortably say “We only consider requests that match our guidelines.”

Your site provides a low-cost, long-term opportunity to share your philanthropic interests. Email Karen for an eight-point guide on how to effectively do it. 


Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis provides customized advising and coaching around nonprofit strategy and board development. People leaders hire her to bring clarity to sticky situations, break through barriers that seem insurmountable, and align people for better futures. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.


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