Last-minute corporate gift-giving ideas

We’re only a few short weeks away from the end of the year, but that’s still just enough time to get all of your last-minute holiday giving out the door and in the hands of the people your company values.

Charitable giving is one surefire way to spread goodwill and cheer this holiday season, and may also give a boost to your bottom line. Studies have shown organizations that participate in corporate giving see a “tangible contribution to their company’s bottom line” and a positive impact on corporate revenue.

Help out your favorite cause and spread some goodwill this season with these last minute corporate gift-giving ideas:

  • Don’t give gifts. Instead, give to charity. Last year, Americans spent more in two months on holiday items than they did all year on charitable giving. Donate directly to charity in place of holiday gifts for customers and clients, and let them know about your charitable gift in a greeting card.
  • Hold a charitable event. Harness the spirit of giving in in the office by incorporating charitable causes into your holiday events. Hold a holiday-themed bake sale and give proceeds to charity or hold a canned-food drive for a local homeless shelter.
  • Search and shop, the good way. Tens of thousands of nonprofits have partnered with a new search engine called GoodSearch.com, and online shopping mall GoodShop.com to enable supporters to generate donations by doing something they do everyday – search the Internet or shop online. Feel good about all the time you spend shopping and searching online by using these great new forms of philanthropy.
  • Keep it traditional – send a card. It’s already December and your last chance for company Christmas cards. Sending greeting cards to employees, clients and vendors is a great way to build and nurture relationships. Take a look at this checklist to make sure your last-minute business Christmas card orders come out right.
  • Get rid of leftovers. Did you already send out your holiday cards and have a few left over? Put those leftover business Christmas cards to good use by sending them to injured soldiers, children in the hospital or local seniors. Read this article for a full list of ideas and resources to use those extra cards to help a great cause.

However you choose to give back, remember that corporate philanthropy is not only a way to contribute to your bottom line, but it’s also the right thing to do. Make a difference in your community and use these ideas to give back during the holidays and all throughout the year.

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