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Engaging your Workforce through Corporate Responsibility

corporate giving, charity, causes, CSR, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Written by Staci Simmons | Manager, Marketing Communications and Creative Services

Over the last ten years, corporate responsibility has transformed from a single act of charity, such as sponsorships, volunteerism and community involvement to complete, brand-centric philanthropy. If done well, modern corporate social responsibility practices engrain themselves into the culture of an organization impacting employees, customers, suppliers, and even communities.

Social impact has expanded into every part of the business, by function, unit, and even geography. CSR programs can no longer afford to simply be charitable — social impact needs to be ‘built into’ a company’s strategy showcased across many aspects of operations.

Transform Your Business

  • Consider B-Corp Strategies – B Corporations build their companies around social impact
  • Encourage Influencers – Offer individual incentives for executives and employees who take social responsibility personally and mentor others
  • Create a Portfolio – Outline a portfolio of outreach programs at each level of your organization
  • Think Locally – Choose local or brand-centric activities and interest that align with corporate goals and interests
  • Promote Thoughtfully – Use consideration when sharing your CSR endeavors without diluting your message

Engage Your Workforce

The more aligned your CSR activities are with the company’s culture and values, the more they will resonate with the employees. Attendees who are personally invested will leave your meeting, conference, tradeshow or event with a sense of purpose and satisfaction. For maximum impact, we recommend starting your CSR activity in advance with some friendly competition — it is a great way to raise both awareness and funds early. Be sure to recognize top achievers and high performing teams during your event and continue to support the cause in other ways throughout the year.

Select a CSR Activity

Our clients often ask us what are the most popular CSR programs? It is a hard question to answer as the options are endless and each program is unique and customized for your group based on your objectives, attendees, location, and budget. However, below are some programs that have been a hit with our clients over the years:

  • Arrange a Scavenger Hunt
  • Build a Beehive
  • Host a Game Show
  • Run a Race for a Cure
  • Create a Charity Match
  • Build a Playground for Kids
  • Host Fitness Challenges
  • Clean the Local Ecosystem
  • Adopt a Local or International School
  • Host a Clean Water Challenge
  • Provide Packages for Rescue Animals
  • Build a Home with Habitat for Humanity
  • Pack STEM Education Kits
  • Build a Wheelchair
  • Pack Food/Medicine bags for Project Open Hand
  • Paint Shoes with Soles for Souls
  • Register for Pledge It Forward
  • Build Bikes or Red Wagons for Children

Create a Culture of Giving

As part of our corporate Global Giveback, every year we select a different charity to support and theme our CSR activity. This year we are supporting the fight against hunger. At our annual company event, our employees packed more 26,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger. Each month, we designate specific food items which makes it easy for individuals to participate and we track our collective impact. Additionally, our M&IW family is supporting a local pantry through monetary donations, food and hygiene items, and volunteering our time.

Corporations with sound CSR practices have access to many benefits — intrinsic and extrinsic. This incentive drives the implementation of corporate programs at meetings and conferences and events. More so, event marketers see that initiatives are good for business and good for the connectivity of their shareholders.

For more information about best practices in selecting, designing and executing a CSR program for your next event, contact us at marketing@meetings-incentives.com.

 

 

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Project Global Give Back, Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

Written by: Kristie Rogers | Manager, Recruiting & Training

If you asked me what M&IW’s biggest strength is, my answer would be simple – it’s the hearts of our employees. It is not uncommon for the M&IW family go above and beyond for our client, but they go above and beyond for our communities as well!

In the past, we have worked, as a company, for causes such as Make-A-Wish and Relay for Life. Together, we’ve granted two wishes for children in 2016 and have raised thousands of dollars towards cancer research since 2001.

As we celebrated our 50th anniversary, we brainstormed how we could push the envelope and make our 50th year Global Give Back program one to remember. We created the 50 Years/50 Charities initiative. The company was split into 50 teams based on their global location. Each team ranged from four to eight people and were given the opportunity to choose a charity that was close to their hearts. Some chose national charities, such a Big Brothers Big Sisters. Other teams chose local charities, such as the River Bend Nature Center in Racine, WI and the Chestnut Tree House in Sussex, UK. The teams had an entire year to give back to that charity.

Of course, there was also a bit of friendly competition. Teams were competing to raise the most money for their charity or contribute the most volunteer hours. Some teams raised money for their charity by selling bracelets, raffling off baskets of goodies, holding bake sales, and collecting in-kind donations such as school supplies. Others gave back by volunteering as a team, harvesting vegetables for a food pantry, spending time with underprivileged youth, and walking dogs at their local animal shelter.

When it came time to tally the funds raised and time spent volunteering, I was astonished at the results. Together as a company, M&IW volunteered 1,913 hours and raised $28,630 for charities all over the world! It gave me goosebumps to look at the numbers and think about the difference that our company made in just one year. I am so proud of the passion that M&IW has for giving back! The Fox Cities team, Big Hearts, Little Hands, selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region and were awarded the 2018 Community Partner Award. “The Meetings & Incentives Worldwide team has been a tremendous blessing throughout the past year. They have volunteered their time at BBBS events, organized a basic needs supply drive in 2017 and a school supply drive for 2018, helped to paint and organize the BBBS Appleton office, and adopted a family in need last holiday season. They barely finish completing one volunteer project before they ask for another. They are a model of philanthropic giving and we are thankful to have them as one of our key partners,” said Lindsay Felon, Executive Director, BBBS.

Our 50 Years/50 Charities drive may have come to an end, but there is no stopping us now! So how do we top that? This year, our focus is on WORLD HUNGER. More than 815 million people, or roughly 1 in 9, suffer from chronic hunger. Even in the United States, 41 million people struggle with hunger.

Our Community:
The first initiative was close to our Global Headquarters in Wisconsin. Our Co-CEO, Jean Johnson, CMP, is helping to start a food pantry in the heart of Racine, WI. At our M&IW Summit, employees were encouraged to donate hygiene items and non-perishable food which were delivered to the food pantry. The shelves will now be stocked when they open later this year. If you are interested in learning more about this give back initiative or supporting the cause, please email marketing@meetings-incentives.com.

The World:
The second initiative was global. We worked with Rise Against Hunger to pack 25,144 meals for children all over the world. That’s right, we put on some stylish hair nets and got to work! It was a really rewarding experience to work as a team to package these meals for those in need. To see our amazing team in action, check out our RISE AGAINST HUNGER video.

We invite you to join us in ending WORLD HUNGER by donating to your local food pantry, starting a food drive at work, volunteering to pack meal,s or make a donation to Rise Against Hunger at www.riseagainsthunger.org.

 

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M&IW’s 50/50 Spotlight – Knockin’ on Hope’s Front Door

Written by Christina Wicklund | Marketing Specialist

I would like to introduce you to one of our ROCKING Chicagoland-based 50 Years 50 Charities teams, Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Hope’s Front Door. The team members are Jess Baaske, Camila Guerrero, Jessica Menzer, Shauna McNaughton and Olivier Chevallier.

Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Hope’s Front Door selected an organization that offers hope to members of the community who are living in “crisis mode.” Hope’s Front Door provides an entry point to social services for members of the community who need immediate assistance and help in setting up continuing day-to-day support. Hope’s Front Door often acts as a “first responder” to people facing financial and/or medical crises. When clients walk through the doors they determine their immediate needs, and help with food, medical, dental and/or transportation vouchers. Hope’s Front Door then provides a clear pathway into a network of social agencies that can assist with the long-term restructuring of their lives.

When asked why Hope’s Front Door was chosen, Jessica Menzer replied “Hope’s Front Door is a small organization. They don’t have a lot of resources or donors, so everything we do makes a huge impact. A donation as small as $47.70 provides a week’s worth of healthy meals for one child!”

Last fall, Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Hope’s Front Door coordinated a football pool during a huge rival Bears vs. Packers game. The timing was planned in conjunction with Hope’s Front Door’s Giving Tuesday fundraiser which were both held in November. As anticipated, Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Hope’s Front Door had a lot of support from family, friends and the M&IW family. They raised $1020.10! The team’s donation was truly appreciated. Below is a message the team received from Janell Robinson, Executive Director of Hopes Front Door.

I wanted to follow-up with you about the Giving Tuesday campaign. With the help of M&IW, we were able to raise $4,568.30 to provide 96 weeks of meals to neighborhood children.  For the last four years, Hope’s Front Door has participated in Giving Tuesday and has not come close to raising the amount donated this year…and this increased funding means a lot to our community. Your support was especially vital in the 2017 as Hope’s Front Door strived to meet the increased community need. We saw a 24% rise in number of new clients needing assistance, especially families. In 2017, we assisted 200 more children than the previous year. Again, thank you for taking part in Giving Tuesday and giving area families a chance to access nutritional food. We hope you will continue to partner with us in our upcoming projects.

To learn more about Hope’s Front Door, or to donate, please visit http://www.hopesfrontdoor.com/.

 

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M&IW’s 50/50 Spotlight – English Roses

M&IW's 50-50 Spotlight Charity - Chestnut Tree House

Written by Jill Pearson | Manager, Digital Marketing & Media

This week’s featured 50 Years 50 Charities team is the English Roses. The M&IW team members are Ella Darby, Paulomi Debnath, Giovanna Federico, Ana Silva Sara Bruce and Sophie Benson, the team captain. The English Roses are making a difference on a global scale and work in our UK office.

These ladies selected a charity that touched their hearts on a very personal level. Ella Darby’s daughter, Katy, was born with a rare chromosome disorder. Her little girl spent the four years of her life in and out of hospitals. During this time, Ella and her family leaned on the Chestnut Tree House for practical, social and spiritual support throughout and after their beautiful angel’s fight for life concluded.

The Chestnut Tree House gives support for the whole family including psychological and bereavement support, end of life, short break care and sibling support. They provide hospice care for young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-shortening conditions. These services are offered at no expense to the families. A majority of the funding for the Chestnut Tree House comes from donations, fundraisers and the blood, sweat and tears of its volunteers. The government helps, but the amount donated is less than 7 pence in every GBP. That equates to less than 10 cents to every USD.

On January 25, 2018 the English Roses headed to the Chestnut Tree’s warehouse. The English Roses spent the day collecting and sorting through thousands of donated items. Once sorted, they helped with loading these items onto trucks. The items are then distributed to charity stores (thrift shops) located throughout the area. When asked how it was volunteering in the warehouse, Sophie Benson replied, “Whilst it was exhausting, we also had a lot of fun!” Ella Darby replied, “It is a fabulous place – we all decided to volunteer at the warehouse again, it was a great day and felt so good to be helping out!” For many charities the gift of time can be worth as much as money donated. In the case of the Chestnut Tree House this is very true.

M&IW 50-50 Spotlight Charity - Chestnut Tree House Team

M&IW 50-50 Spotlight Charity – Chestnut Tree House Team

In addition to volunteering, the team is also raising funds so that the Chestnut Tree House can continue their very important work of supporting children and their families when they need it most.  The team has set up a secure giving page to make it fun and easy to donate, just CLICK HERE. The Chestnut Tree House is a registered charity based in Sussex, UK. To learn more about them, visit their official website at http://www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/

Once again, a big thank you and congratulations to all of our M&IW’s 50 Years 50 Charities teams! The program was launched on July 1, 2017 and runs through June 30, 2018.

 

 

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