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Christmas Team Building: Generosity in Times of Emergency

This year, the depth of compassion in your Christmas team building may be more profound and compelling than ever before.

Why? Because the need seems so much greater and more urgent this year.
Christmas-Team-Building-OrnamentFor example, there have been a total of 18 “mega fires” this year! In California alone, wildfires have caused two billion dollars in damage. And on the east coast, more than a dozen people died and thousands lost property during recent floods in South Carolina. Every year, millions of Americans suffer loss and hardship because of life-changing natural disasters.

And it is often during the Christmas holidays that both the financial and emotional toll on victims can seem unbearable, particularly for families with children. Wouldn’t it be marvelous if you could relieve some of the burden for one of these families, provide them with a bit of holiday cheer, and have fun doing it?

Our Puttin Pantry is the answer to your Christmas team building challenges, and with your help it can be the answer to the prayers of a desperate mom and dad without the means to give their kids the kind of Christmas they once enjoyed.

The Puttin Pantry is a team building workshop in which you and your coworkers can partner with a local food bank to provide some much needed dry goods for a family’s holiday feast. It can help to close the gulf between the memories of last year’s holidays and their longings for a cheerful season this year, and you can help close that gulf with golf.

Yes, that’s right, golf–putt putt golf to be exact! Charity begins at home–what better way to give your professional family a holiday boost than a golf game in which everybody wins? You’ll create a miniature golf course out of pantry items and then compete to accumulate the most items to donate.

Puttin-PantryThe teamwork required for the golf course design will challenge everyone’s communications skills, creativity, resource management skills, and other interpersonal attributes. And the food items themselves will be a tremendous boon to the food bank with which you partner.

Among the items for which there is often the greatest need are: dry cereal like corn flakes and oatmeal; granola and granola bars. Equally popular are canned chicken, canned tuna; canned fruits like pears, pineapple slices, and fruit cocktail. Pasta, beans–dry or canned; canned soups, nut butters–peanuts, almonds, and cashews are nutritious and filling.

Rice, especially brown rice, is full of vitamins and fiber. Even spices and herbs like black pepper, paprika, cayenne, sage, and oregano are in demand at most food banks. And jars of baby food and dry infant formula are high on the list of priorities for young moms.

And who doesn’t love packaged cookies and candies for dessert? Our Puttin Pantry will fulfill all of your Christmas team building aspirations. Happy holidays!

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Reinventing Corporate Philanthropy: #GivingTuesday is the New Corporate Holiday Charity Tradition

As we approach Thanksgiving week, companies around the world are readying to ramp up their philanthropic efforts for traditional holiday charity giving.  Now there’s an official start to the holiday charitable giving season and it’s called #GivingTuesday.

giving-tuesday-logoYou’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  These are modern holiday traditions that don’t exactly have much philanthropic ring to them!   #GivingTuesday was created in 2012 to counterbalance those acquisition-related “holidays” and it’s changing the way companies do philanthropy.

Driven by social media, #GivingTuesday has the power to go viral.

Through the power of social media, #GivingTuesday is now part of holiday giving in 68 countries.  In just four years it’s become an extremely powerful tool for companies who want to focus their philanthropic efforts in creative ways that get more of their employees involved in the spirit of giving.

Make holiday charity giving a group experience.

More companies are looking for ways to boost employee engagement in corporate social responsibility.  #GivingTuesday is the perfect tool for focusing everyone’s attention on the true spirit of the season.

By rallying everyone together with a well-planned social media campaign, leaders have a place to showcase how the company gives back, and they increase their chances of getting everyone excited about it.

Passion that’s contagious.

#GivingTuesday extends beyond your company, and makes for global connections among employees around the world.  It’s also a way for leaders to remind everyone that they’re part of a community and giving back is a regular part of the holiday season.  It’s easy to join the momentum now that there’s an “official” day for giving!

When people see how powerful #GivingTuesday has become, and that your company is part of a new global movement to refocus holiday trends back to their core elements of giving and sharing, they’ll want to be part of it.

Tailor your philanthropy.

While #GivingTuesday is global, your company’s specific way of giving back can be local.  In fact, #GivingTuesday is meant to allow for more creativity in how you carry out your social goals during the holiday season.

Volunteerism is one way to involve your employees in the giving process.  Another way is to replace the traditional holiday party with a holiday team building workshop for a charity in your community.  This allows everyone to help in the giving process while they celebrate the holidays with colleagues.  It’s a win-win situation that elevates your company holiday season to new levels of giving and engagement.

#GivingTuesday is one day, but treat it as a springboard for a season of giving.  We can help with that!

Plan your #GivingTuesday campaign so that it serves as ongoing inspiration during the holidays and beyond.  Gear up your social media strategy well in advance and keep the ball rolling long afterwards as well.

If you’re holding a charity team building workshop with us, we can help.  Select your charity early, then post about where your workshop donations will be going to get everyone motivated.  Later, you can post on how the workshop went- pictures always make it better.

It’s not too late to get in on this trending effort- start small and watch it grow year after year as #GivingTuesday takes hold and changes the way we all do holiday charity philanthropy.

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