Whether you’re launching a new program, revitalizing a stale one, or just want to make sure you’re following best practices to maximize both your reach and impact in your company’s corporate social responsibility program. Below are five steps you should follow in order to create an environment of success when it comes to promoting a certain charitable cause or mission.
Setting goals for your mission
Before actually starting this process, you need to sit back and reevaluate what the exact goals are when it comes to defining “success.” Consider how key causes map to the interests of your employees and goals of your business. Remember: the best philanthropy programs with solid support come from a set purpose with employee engagement. Authenticity is absolutely essential stepping stone.
Plan for a system that works the way you work and assemble your team. Reduce or eliminate inefficient tasks or processes to funnel or cultivate long term success. Basically, maintain flexibility and decide how to adapt during the evolving process of your corporate social responsibility program.
Secure a strong online presence
Enhance your overall brand message and share your philanthropic story with a website dedicated to the cause. This not only makes it clear for your supporters to find you, but it is also easier for potential volunteers to engage. In other words, utilize this site to give examples of your work , latest/upcoming events, and ways individuals can get involved at both micro and macro levels.
The system before launching is essential when it comes taking small steps to success. After all the preparation leading up to this point, take the time to make sure everything is in place. Depending on the locale or area your company is targeting, partnering up with a business or other establishment to help in this stage.
Effectively communicate your results
At the end of the fundraiser or digital campaign, craft a comprehensive report underlining all the success with the use of social media channels, your website, and support from employees. Follow-up after each donation to collect data and send any stories to your communications/marketing team for promotion. Also, be sure to gather photos, stories, and anecdotes to help promote next year’s event.