The Precision Avenue approach to philanthropy includes more than just giving money. We like to get involved in our community and interact with the people who need help most through food and clothing donations, toy drives, and sponsoring 5Ks. These are some other effective ways to give back without giving money:
- Share Office Space: Larger companies often have extra office space or maybe even entire buildings that they aren’t currently using. Offering them to nonprofits at reduced costs is one way to support those in need.
- Volunteer Your Skills: Often, charitable organizations are run on shoestring budgets. This means they appreciate it when someone with marketing skills helps them put together an ad campaign, or when an HR manager helps them streamline their interview process.
- Serve on a Board: As professionals, we have many business skills that can be helpful to a nonprofit. By serving on a board of directors we can share these talents in a way that encourages the organization to grow. We use services like Bridgespan and BoardnetUSA to find charities that pique our interest, and that have openings on their boards.
- Plan a Day for Giving Back: We get the entire Precision Avenue crew behind worthwhile causes, even during normal business hours. This isn’t always necessary – many chances for doing good fall on the weekends – but as community leaders we need to be willing to go where we’re needed, when we’re needed.
Money is a useful tool to support a cause, but it’s not the only one. For more Precision Avenue suggestions on how to get involved in your community, see our Newswire.