Workplace giving

Workplace giving

engage employees, build a spirit of teamwork, and increase morale

More and more, employees and customers are attracted to companies that are committed to the community and create opportunities for them to connect with the causes they care about most.

Workplace giving programs are a great opportunity to engage employees, build a spirit of teamwork, and increase morale all while making an impact on the community.

Provide safe in-person and virtual giving opportunities that employees can feel good about.

Build culture and leadership

Build you company culture and opportunities for leadership development and teamwork.

Educate employees

Educate employees about the local challenges we face and how they can help solve them.

Support CSR goals

Support your Corporate Social Responsibility goals and show your commitment to the community.

Offer volunteer opportunities

Offer individual and team volunteer opportunities to further engage employees and see your impact in the community grow.

The value of giving

An annual workplace giving program is a great way to engage employees and connect them to your CSR program and values.

Giving to United Way makes a difference. Employees who give are making an investment that benefits the entire community, not just one program, issue, or population. This leads to a stronger, more sustainable place to live and work.

Support from your workplace giving program makes it possible to find innovative solutions to the root causes of our most pressing needs. United Way leverages these contributions by combining them with others and strategically investing in programs and initiatives to maximize the impact for the community. Spreading giving throughout the year via employee payroll deduction or mobile giving makes it easier to increase someone’s donations while still staying within their personal budget.

Giving + volunteering = homerun

You can multiply the impact of a workplace giving program by engaging employees in volunteering. In fact, companies see a 57% reduction in turnover among employees who engage in both volunteering and workplace giving. In addition, many professionals at our workplace giving partners choose to engage with United Way on their own time, joining a giving society or affinity group.

Workplace Volunteers
Volunteers packing food.

The value of volunteering

For many businesses, offering employees volunteer opportunities conveys the importance of social responsibility to staff and the public, as well as strengthens teams and build a culture of service. United Way of Rhode Island’s volunteer project consulting service curates on-site or off-site activities to:

  • Improve teamwork
  • Build camaraderie
  • Benefit the community

Volunteer program concierge service

As your project consultants, United Way's volunteer coordinators work to determine your exact service goals, then create a personalized plan to match. We specialize in:

  • Developing a sustainable, in-house volunteer framework
  • Customizing onsite, offsite and virtual service projects -- both episodic and ongoing
  • Connecting you with a growing network of businesses and nonprofits that are changing lives in the Ocean State
  • Identifying skills-based volunteer opportunities for individuals and small teams

Start a workplace giving program. It's an easy way to build culture and community engagement.

United Way of Rhode Island will partner with you to develop a customized workplace giving program that aligns with your corporate values, as well as the interests of your employees. We will provide guidance and support to assist you in building your fundraising team and running an effective giving and volunteering program.

For more information, contact Jessica Barry at jessica.barry@unitedwayri.org.

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