How Entrepreneurs Can Give Back to Their Communities

In the wake of large-scale natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it’s a great time to assess whether your small business model makes it easy to incorporate charitable giving.  If you want to give back to your community, here are some great ways to get started:

 

Donate to Local Charities

This is a no-brainer.  There are many charities right here in North Texas that could use your donations, so pick one and get started.  Luckily, today is North Texas Giving Day, which is one of the largest community giving events in the country.  Participants have 18 hours to make their donations online in support of local charities.  And ff you’d like to go a step beyond personal giving, consider donating a portion of your sales to charity.

 

Offer Your Time

If you can’t donate with your money, your time is the next best thing.  Volunteer to participate in services like Habitat for Humanity in Dallas or North Collin County, or the North Texas Food Bank.  Beyond charitable organizations, you can also donate your time to helping other entrepreneurs.  Host mentorship hours or help organize a local MeetUp or small business event.

 

Encourage Employees to Give

Charitable giving can be about more than just your own contributions – encourage your employees to give back to the community too.  For larger teams, internal rewards tools like Bonusly make it easy to both boost company morale and allow employees to donate to organizations that help future entrepreneurs, such as Girls Who Code and Summer Search.

 

Doing social good as a business owner is much easier than you think.  All it takes it getting started.

 

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