Planning, organising, promoting and assessing success
Give your self plenty of time, be flexible in your approach, listen to the experts in their fields. Some of the advice given about our environmental approach has been invaluable and we continue to engage with them throughout the development, almost as a reassurance we are doing the right thing and more importantly why we are doing it.
Check you permissions
If you are organising a particular fundraising event for the first time, make sure you check with the relevant authorities if you require any specific licences or permissions to carry out your chosen activity before you get started.
Collaborative relationships in the wider community are key. Think about teaming up with other like-minded business owners and professionals who share your company\'s ethos and values to exchange valuable skill sets and divide the load. You\'ll achieve a higher impact for a joint cause and create powerful networking opportunities for your organisation.
Make use of social media
When organising a fundraising event try to think outside the box as it could open up more PR opportunities to raise awareness of the great work of your chosen charity or cause and for your company. Something a little bit different may also boost engagement and get more colleagues involved if they are able challenging themselves, have fun and feel good in the process.
Quality, not quantity
Good volunteering is about quality rather than quantity and making it easily accessible to your volunteers - the partnership with Silver Line means colleagues only use 30 minutes a week, having little impact on business as usual, but a big impact on the beneficiaries. Volunteering is a chance for colleagues to share their skills and also develop new ones, so make sure there\'s an element of challenge and reward when choosing a particular activity/partner.
Silver Line Friends
Ethos and values
Make sure the charity or organisation you choose to partner with aligns to your company ethos and values as colleagues are more likely to want to sign up.
Consider the charity\'s needs and what type of business you are. Feedback from surveys suggests that charities don\'t always need hands-on manual support, instead they need to draw on skills to train their own staff, develop them or to benefit from pro bono support.
Silver Line Friends
Use your skills to help others
Charities and businesses don\'t always just need financial support. Quite often offering your skills, whether it is architectural design, PR, marketing can be valuable to a charity, delivered as pro bono services or work experience placements.
Rance Booth Smith Architects
Minimise business impact
To maximise your social impact and minimise impact on your business, spread tasks over the year and across the workplace - reducing impact on one person or team.
Remember to keep a record of your activities, to monitor, manage and remind the team of how much you do.
Rance Booth Smith Architects
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