5 Workplace Giving Programs to Boost Employee Morale

Posted by Brooke Tajer
20 December, 2016

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It is true that nothing feels better than giving back to others, which is why workplace giving programs are such a great way to not only do good in the world but to boost your team’s morale. In fact, research shows that 79 percent of people prefer to work for a socially responsible company.

 Everyone likes to feel like they’re part of something bigger, and allowing employees to contribute to charity through their workplace is an amazing benefit and a wonderful way to shape your company’s culture.

 Here are five workplace giving programs to consider throughout the year.

 Payroll deductions

Various programs will allow employees to select a charity and have a set amount donated from their paycheck on a regular basis. It makes giving easy, and it is rewarding seeing that donation on their paystub each time they receive it.

 Matching Gifts

While more popular among large corporations, 28 percent of small-to-midsize companies match employee donations to charities up to a certain amount. It is one way to show employees you are putting your money where your mouth is.


Volunteering as a team is a fun way to get out of the work environment and into the community. It can serve double duty as a team bonding experience as you work together to do good for others and have a good time while doing so. 

If a group activity is not feasible, you can also consider offering paid time off for employees to volunteer on an individual basis.

In-Kind Donations

It depends on your business, but if you offer a service people in need can use, organizing an event around providing it can be a great way to see the direct result of your donations. For example, if you are the owner of a hair salon, you may want to provide free haircuts to people at a local homeless shelter.

Special Sales

Donating sales proceeds from a specified day or certain products to a charity can raise funds and make employees feel good about what they are selling. You can also partner together with the charity you are supporting to promote it to both of your audiences.

The bottom line: There’s a workplace giving program to suit every business, no matter how small. They truly are gifts that keep giving.


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