The Benefit of Encouraging Year-Round Philanthropy in Your Office

During the holidays and at the end of the year, many people focus their attention on counting their blessings, evaluating business goals and providing for themselves and their families. In the midst of vacations, gift wrapping, shopping sprees, holiday parties, office meetings, and year-end wrap-ups, it can be difficult to remember those less fortunate in the world.

At Total Attorneys, however, I am inspired by our employees who always find time to fit philanthropy and charity in with their busy work schedules and home life.

Last week, our office held a fundraiser for Purse of Hope, a not-for-profit organization that works to provide care for children exploited by the commercial sex industry in Uganda. By selling purses, jewelry, wallets, bags and other products made in Uganda, the Total Impact fundraising team raised $1500 in just four hours. In addition, Total Attorneys team members took the initiative to collect winter coats and other clothing to donate to Cornerstone Community Outreach, an organization that runs soup kitchens and other services for homeless and low-income residents.

This week, the office hosted a Cookie Swap to benefit the Chicago Youth Center – Fellowship House, and the Total Practice Management Association team is donating a Wii gaming system to the same organization. In addition to the events that our employees have created, hosted and participated in during the month of December alone, employees at Total Attorneys have been active in charities throughout the year, including a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge to raise money for the Chicago Food Depository and other great charities, a merchandise booth at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival to raise money for Purse of Hope, the Chicago Marathon, another clothing drive earlier this year, an employee talent show benefiting the Chicago Youth Center – Fellowship House and an Earth Day cell phone and eyeglass recycling drive.

Philanthropy: Part of Our Mission

It has been a busy and exciting year at Total Attorneys, and I am lucky to be part of such a hardworking, generous and selfless team. While it may seem difficult to give back to society when we are busy, watching our budget or counting our own blessings, the employees at Total Attorneys remind me time and time again that giving back to your community can be a great way to help others while building positive morale and camaraderie among employees. While some of us may be looking for ways to save time or cut costs right now, it is important to remember that there are people with even tighter budgets and greater needs.

“I think we can all agree that philanthropy in the workplace has a big impact on company morale,” says Ellen Margovsky, human resources assistant at Total Attorneys. “By showing our employees that we, as a company, care about the wellbeing of those less fortunate than us we show them that our goals reach beyond being a successful business. It shows that we want to have a positive impact on the world and that we realize how fortunate we are here. In addition, the desire to help others is closely related to many of the behavioral traits we screen for in the hiring process. But most importantly, philanthropy in the workplace demonstrates that we embody our company’s core values.”

By encouraging staff members to add charity and volunteer activities to their everyday schedules, employees build a closer, stronger team at work while making a positive impact outside company walls. Do you get involved in any charities that are close to your heart right now? Do you try to encourage your coworkers and employees to volunteer and get involved in charity events?

While some of us may be tightening our belts during the holidays, in what ways can we give back to our communities, nation and the world?

If you are looking for ways to boost corporate philanthropy, check out this guide to giving. Happy holidays from everyone at Total Attorneys!