It’s the time of year when many organizations are faced with numerous opportunities to get involved and ramp up their contributions to community efforts in our local region. There are many needs in the Northeast Ohio community especially given the economic effects on our local non-profit organizations. If your organization is looking to become more involved in the community, below are some common practices used by the best places to work in Northeast Ohio:
Most Common Practices
- Monetary donations to local non-profit organizations and causes; matching of employee donations
- Sponsorship of programs, fundraising, and other charitable events
- Donations of products
- Non-compensated services to the community, particularly used by organizations in the service sector
- Community efforts and activities; holding community days
- Non-profit board participation
When instituting a program or policy for your organization’s social responsibility or community involvement practices, it’s important to keep in mind several key issues including level of contribution or participation, costs incurred by your organization, person(s) or department(s) responsible for administering practice, definition of community organization/effort deemed appropriate for the program or policy, administrative or approval processes, and any leave you wish to provide to your employees. Specifically, when developing your practices related to community involvement, here are some important considerations
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Link to Top Performer Attraction & Retention
Many top performers are attracted to organizations that are socially responsible and involved in their communities. In fact, top performers reveal that it’s important that their organizations support the community, be responsible members of the community, care about others, be involved in community outreach, and display corporate citizenship. Some organizations even capitalize on their community efforts to brand and market employment to prospective applicants or pursue community involvement awards (40%) as referenced in the most recent ERC/Smart Business Workplace Practices Survey.
If your organization is interested in getting involved in the local Northeast Ohio community, there are a broad range of opportunities available. Some most common activities local organizations are involved with, per data collected in ERC’s NorthCoast 99 Program, include the following:
- United Way Campaign
- Harvest for Hunger
- March of Dimes
- Scholarship Programs
- Tutoring/Mentoring Students
- Food, Clothing, and Blood Drives
Stay tuned next week for a list of Non-Profit Organizations that you can support in Northeast Ohio…
- HR Help Desk: For benchmark information and sample policies and practices in regards to developing programs or policies related to community involvement or social responsibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Surveys: Benchmark social responsibility and community involvement practices by using ERC’s survey information.
- NorthCoast 99: If your organization has social responsibility practices in place and strives to attract and retain top performers in unique and compelling ways, check out the NorthCoast 99 award which will provide you with even greater leverage in branding your organization as a great place to work for top talent.