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How to Host a More Inclusive and Engaging Employee Volunteer Event

Published 04-19-21

Submitted by America's Charities

Along with the case studies and examples presented in this presentation, you can also access a PDF copy of the presentation here.

Presentation Synopsis

How do you successfully host volunteer events despite the pandemic? Now and in the future, volunteer events will need to transform to include individuals who work remotely, in hybrid situations, in person, and at various levels of the company.

In this presentation, America's Charities President and CEO Jim Starr is joined by Give To Get's Account Director Amber Greviskes and Sr. Manager, Social Impact Programs Tory Woods in a discussion about:

  • How the pandemic has affected employee volunteer campaigns from planning to implementation
  • How to create an employee volunteer program that includes all types of employees from full-time corporate employees to hourly workers - and how to get all of your markets involved
  • How to actually get people to act on their desire to volunteer through your comany's volunteer program
  • How to determine the best type of virtual project for your group based on number of volunteers, interests, location, and availability
  • The benefits and drawbacks of various virtual programs such as fundraisers, skills-based / project-based volunteering, skills-based / one-on-one interactions, and hands-on / group volunteering
  • Tips to create an engaging environment for your volunteers regardless of the project such as driving and tracking program participation, seamless event flow and pacing, creating connection between volunteers and nonprofit partners, and channeling post-event energy into more action
  • How companies can shift from measuring outputs and focus on actual outcomes and true impact

More Resources We Think You'll Like:

Whether you are planning your next volunteer event or just starting your program, below are some helpful guides and resources to help you:

Cause Months and Dates to Celebrate:

Plan your employee giving and volunteer events calendar around these commonly celebrated cause months and click here for America’s Charities-vetted 501c3 nonprofits to support.

Need help planning your event? Our friends at Give To Get are experts at this! Whether you want to plan a volunteer event around one of the cause months on this calendar or would like help with other events like leadership development programs, programs to welcome your employees back to office, or sales conferences, let Give To Get's team assist you. Learn how and get started.

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America's Charities inspires employees and organizations to support the causes they care about. We help nonprofits fundraise unrestricted, sustainable dollars through the workplace, and we help employers achieve their giving, engagement, and social impact goals. We do this to bring more resources to the nonprofits that are changing our world.

Who we serve:

  • Charities ­– We help charities fundraise recurring, unrestricted, sustainable dollars through the workplace. Click here for a printable list of our members.
  • Employers – We help employers achieve their giving, engagement, and social impact goals. Employers seeking to build or boost a strong culture; engage their employees and help them find purpose and meaning; attract, recruit, and retain talent; and ultimately achieve better corporate profitability and social impact, partner with America's Charities to launch or revitalize their workplace giving programs. We offer employers a suite of employee giving software packages, tools, and resources.
  • Employee Donors – Through our work with charities and employers, we inspire individual donors to connect with great causes, support nonprofits in a recurring, sustainable manner, and make a personal, social impact.

Core Services:

  • We offer a full suite of employee giving and engagement tools, including easy-to-use workplace giving technology platforms ranging from a straightforward, out-of-the-box option, to a comprehensive platform that integrates matching gifts, employee volunteering, cause campaigns, and more. Each of our solutions is tailored to fit an employer's specific needs and social impact goals, and deliver personalized, highly social online giving experiences.
  • We generate sustainable unrestricted financial support for member charities through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), state and local giving campaigns and private sector workplace giving campaigns.
  • We provide charitable funds management services to nonprofits and private and public sector employers while maintaining a resolute commitment to transparency and accountability.
  • We provide comprehensive consulting services with expertise in employee engagement, corporate social responsibility (CSR), workplace giving program and strategy development, benchmarking, analysis, and more.
  • We help companies support their employees in times of distress and hardship through Employee Assistance Funds (EAFs), also known as Employee Relief Funds or Employee Crisis Funds. By working with us, a company increases its flexibility around the types of hardships the fund can cover and lowers its administrative burdens.

Since 1980, our collective experience and ability to provide the highest level of personal service and expert consulting to our member charities and employer clients has resulted in more than $750 million for more than 25,000 nonprofits through federal, state and local government, and corporate workplace giving programs.

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