Give Back: Making Company Donations

December usually is the time for giving donations to the community and other non-profit organizations around the world. Philanthropic gestures are considered one important aspect in supporting the social side of corporate sustainability. A company can donate directly or take part in match programs with employees’ favorite non-profits. Here are a few programs to consider;

Colorado Gives Day is December 6, 2011. It is a local movement to help raise funds for al Colorado based community non-profits. All donations can be made through Colorado Gives website. Last year over $8.7 million dollars was donated to local Colorado charities.

1% for the planet is another non-profit organization that supports corporate philanthropy. America averages about 1% of sales to nonprofit organizations. 1% for the plant is helping environmental groups around the world; this was started by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia. This organization now has 1393 companies committed to giving 1% of their sales to over 2500 environmental organizations worldwide. All companies can become a member and take the pledge to give 1%  of their sales to non-profit organizations.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)is a government run donation program where donation pledges are made by government personnel. Each U.S. government agency has a CFC contact and there is an extensive catalog available for employees to make pledges to various non-profits.

Green Credit Cards

Green credit cards usually are co-branded with non profit organizations and promises to give a donation percentage or carbon credit with every purchase. It is an interesting model and one way to give back that doesn’t require a lot of time.

Environmental Magazine had an interesting article on Green Credit Cards, called Green Credit Awards. And Green America also has this article called, Responsible Credit Cards that also has a nice overview.

The Nature Conservancy has a VISA card offer that helps their organization that is sponsored by Bank of America.

If you need a new credit card, consider looking into one of these green options to support this movement.

Swipe Good: An easy way to give to non profits

Do you have good intentions to donate but just can’t find the time? Well, a new service, SwipeGood rounds up all of your credit card purchases to the nearest dollar and allows you to donate the difference to the charity of your choice. Talk about easy! They have over 300 charities listed and your dollars can be divided to multiple charities. You can also sign up one credit card or multiple credit cards.  Here is an article from Fast Company about the organization.