Post # 1
I co-own a small business, and one of my partners wants to do a charity drive for a charity, and match each donation, $4 for each dollar donated. While I am all for charity, I think this is best done personally and not through a business. I am concerned that some of our employees will feel pressure. My partner assures me that it will be completely voluntary, and only the person who runs it will know who donates.
How would you feel if you were an employee?
ETA: we are a small company, with 4 owners and about 20 employees (several part-time). My partner who wants to do it would be the person in charge, so I would expect the employees to assume regardless that we owners would know.
Post # 3
They have similar drives where I work, and only the HR manager knows who donates. It doesn’t really bother me.
However, where my FH works, the person in charge of his promotion is also the person collecting for charity. So it is a lot of pressure to donate, and rather uncomforable if you don’t.
Can’t there be some in between, like a change jar or otherwise cash donation where people don’t find out about specific contributors? Perhaps the money could be given directly to the charity and they can tell you how much they got from employess and you can match it?
Post # 4
@kerensa:I agree, a change jar or cash donation would be the way to go
Post # 5
They do charity drives and donations and such at my company all the time and I’ve never felt any pressure to donate. An announcement goes out in our weekly newsletter with who to give your donation to and that is all that is ever mentioned. Then once it is over, the newsletter annouces the total donation made.
I think it is a really nice thing to do, especially with the generous matching, as it allows the charity to receive an extra large donation.
ETA: My company is larger than yours so that might make some difference. But still, I lean towards it being a nice thing to do.