Author: Catherine Lang-Cline | Photo: Megan Leigh Barnard for Creative Mornings
Community give-back is something that we at Portfolio Creative have always believed in. But why do it? The reasons for us were quite simple: we always lived in a place of gratitude for our community working with us. But overall, it has some benefits that can benefit any business. So let’s start with:
1. Community Support for Business Success
Business owners and entrepreneurs often rely on community support for success. Giving back is a way to reciprocate that support and strengthen the bond between the business and its community, creating a mutually beneficial relationship .
2. Fostering Morale and Camaraderie
Engaging in community give-back initiatives fosters higher morale, camaraderie, and respect among team members, creating a positive work environment. This contributes to improved employee satisfaction and retention .
3. Building a Strong Support System
A thriving community is essential for the success of any organization. It provides a robust support system, networking opportunities, and a sense of belonging, which are crucial for business growth and sustainability .
4. Enhancing Brand Image
Businesses that actively give back to the community often enjoy a positive brand image. This not only attracts customers but also builds trust and loyalty. Consumers are increasingly inclined to support socially responsible businesses .
5. Team-Building Opportunities
Incorporating community give-back into the corporate mission provides excellent team-building opportunities. Working together for a common cause strengthens employee teamwork and collaboration .
6. Developing Essential Qualities
Can you say soft skills? It helps develop qualities such as patience, kindness, resilience, and other important attributes beneficial for both individuals and the community .
7. Networking and Relationship Building
Volunteering and community engagement provide networking opportunities and building relationships. Businesses can connect with other organizations, leaders, and potential clients, expanding their reach and influence .
You need to determine what makes the most sense for your business. My team and customers love their pets, so we contribute to shelters. But we have also dedicated our time, talent, and treasure to many charities and volunteer organizations. Focus on what you love or where your clients may be hanging out. The investment is not only worthwhile, but you will also be doing great things. The love goes both ways.