Charity work within an organization can help bring your team closer together and develop a strong company culture — no matter how far apart team members are. It builds morale within a company by giving your team a chance to get to know their colleagues’ passions and favorite causes. Employees also develop leadership and communication skills through volunteer work that contributes to overall career development.
At Lightning Media Partners, our quarterly charity initiatives enable the team to choose a charity or nonprofit the team dedicates time and efforts to support — along with a monetary donation from the business. By quarter, we rotate which team member gets to choose the initiative and each team member receives time off of work to participate in the chosen activity.
Discover our past charity initiatives below.
Q3 2022: Alzheimer's Association
Cause: Healthcare + Advocacy
Organization: Alzheimer’s Association
Activity: Our team members participated in an in-person walk at our annual retreat and created a social media campaign to raise awareness and donations. The team raised nearly $400.
"The organization’s advocacy and research, and the resources they provide, have tremendously helped those affected by this terrible disease. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research (according to their website), I’m excited for LMP to support an organization committed to advancing treatment and finding a cure!"
Q2 2022: Ready Readers
Cause: Children’s Literacy
Organization: Ready Readers
Activity: The team collected 123 new and gently used books for children from infant to age 12, including board books, picture books, and chapter books. The team also raised over $700 for Ready Readers.
Q1 2022: The Humane Society of the United States
Cause: Animal Rights and Advocacy
Organization: The Humane Society of the United States
Activity: Our team members collected supplies, toys, food, bedding, and more for the local animal shelters in their regions to donate.
Q4 2021: Tree of Life Ministries
Cause: Faith-Based Community Services
Organization: Tree of Life Ministries
Activity: The team made hand-written cards, which were placed in boxes those who visit Tree of Life get from the food pantry and set on the tables where people get a free meal.
Q3 2021: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Cards for Hospitalized Kids
Q2 2021: Community Options, Inc
Cause: Housing and Employment Opportunities
Organization: Community Options, Inc
Activity: The LMP team raised funds and remotely joined the Cupid’s Chase 5K, from however many states we were at the time, and shared pictures.
Q1 2021: The Felix Organization
Q4 2020: International OCD Foundation
How charity initiatives enhance remote culture
Encouraging your remote team to participate in a charity initiative brings everyone together and builds a sense of community, no matter where they are geographically located.
Remote charity initiatives:
- Give a remote team a sense of purpose by working towards a common goal that will ultimately benefit the charity in question.
- Afford team members the chance to share their own values and explain how a cause is close to their personal lives while collaborating with their team.
- Get team members away from their desks and into the community.
At LMP, we’re not just employees who work together; we’re humans with passions and causes we care about. By letting each employee choose a charity that matters most to them, we come to a deeper understanding of each other and do something generous for others.
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