Employee Giving and Other Ways to Give

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Encouraging your employees to join your organization in the fight against hunger will help empower your workforce to take an active role in a cause that is important to your business and brand.  It’s also a great way for your company to deepen your community impact in Arizona.

Employee Giving and Engagement Ideas:

  • Workplace Giving Campaign: Allow employees to make convenient, tax-deductible donations to St. Mary’s through payroll deductions.  Drive campaign participation rates by including St. Mary’s as one of your partner charities and inviting us to host a table or presentation at your kick-off event or charity fairs.
  • Virtual Food Drive: Set a fundraising goal for your workplace and St. Mary’s will customize a secure, co-branded web page for your employees to provide tax-deductible donations online.  Plan a special celebration when the goal is met!
  • Make Hunger Disappear: Stack cases of cans to spell the word HUNGER at your site.  For every $5.00 donation to St. Mary’s from employees, the cases are removed, therefore erasing the word HUNGER.
  • Internal Fundraising Event: Encourage employees to donate food or funding in a unique way – “jeans days for a cause,” marathon or walk-a-thon teams, employee bake sales, potluck parties, 50/50 raffles or a department silent auction can help spur employee enthusiasm for participation.
  • Matching Gifts: Remind employees to take advantage of your matching gifts program throughout the year.  This powerful incentive is a wonderful way to show support for your employee’s dedication to fighting hunger.
  • Volunteer Grants: Provide special recognition and incentives for employee volunteerism by providing a grant to St. Mary’s in return for their generous service.  Celebrate their contributions with a check presentation with St. Mary’s staff.
  • Employee or Customer Tributes: Extend a meaningful gesture to an exemplary employee or dedicated client/vendor by providing a donation to St. Mary’s on behalf of their birthday, work anniversary, retirement or in lieu of a holiday gift.

To learn more or get your company involved, contact Kerri Cole, Corporate Giving Officer at 602-343-2548 or kcole@firstfoodbank.org.