Giving for the sake of giving...

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Giving for the sake of giving…

There is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits.” - Milton Friedman

Contrary to Friedman I believe business has a moral obligation to be charitable, and a responsibility as a good corporate citizen to give back something where the company is based and its employees live, and many good local causes rely upon it. For this reason some companies are choosing to outsource their philanthropic decisions to a local foundation.

There are many good causes that have a high profile as a result of their successful marketing campaigns and they do an excellent job fund-raising. They also have the marketing budgets. Then there are the grass-roots causes that can barely keep the doors open with so few resources.

Issue driven causes such as social and environmental outcomes of products often result in the giving being directed in an effort to offset the negative side effects.

The favourite cause of the CEO is often to where the gift is directed, and not to where it could have the biggest impact. In business, charitable gifts are too often given for the sake of building the business or networks rather than for the pure sake of giving.  These, “activities designed to increase its profits,” are probably as close as Friedman gets to philanthropy.

Cause-related marketing, such as the national support of a particular cause by a large corporation, is regarded as giving strategies developed to increase name recognition in the hope of improving the competitive context.

While a good standing in the community is of value, to give with conditions, expectations, or other ulterior motives, tends to devalue the act. The high profile photo-op, of the cheque hand-over for example, is a favourite of many.

Choosing where to make charitable donations is very subjective and it’s not necessarily going to bring tangible returns.

Support for cause’s unrelated to corporate goals is seen as more selfless and sincere; this is giving for the sake of giving.

Do something really good and really positive for somebody today … but do it in the knowing there’s no way they could ever re-pay you.” - John Jackson

Personally, while I do make some financial contributions, I choose to give mainly of my time to the local communities of Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam (I've even had colleagues jokingly suggest that I'm a full-time volunteer and part-time REALTOR® - LOL).

How about you, how do you give?

The satisfaction received from giving is an incredible reciprocal gift, and can be the best gift of all.

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Rainmaker
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
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John--Like you I believe in giving of my time.  And those who are not concernec about what they are going to get out of it GET THE MOST--satisfaction and that warm feeling that comes from doing the right thing.  Keep going, John.

Sep 20, 2010 12:36 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Hi Mary, As a life long volunteer I fully concur with your comments, and that feeling of satisfaction is rewarding in itself.

On my Facebook profile I have this favourite quotation: "Live your life so that your children can tell their children that you not only stood for something wonderful – you acted on it". ~ Dan Zadra

Thanks Mary.

Sep 20, 2010 12:49 PM #2
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Dawn Grasty
Prudential YSU Realty - Durham, NC
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Hi John - I love your last name :-) I am with both you and Mary, in that I volunteer my time. I help serve lunch at a local soup kitchen, and I help build free fences for a coalition to unchain dogs. I am passionate about both causes, and I definitely get more than I give. When you ask a homeless person how they're doing, and they reply that they are blessed, it's hard to feel bad about one's own little concerns. I have so so much to be thankful for. Thanks for this post and reminder!

Sep 20, 2010 03:47 PM #3
Rainmaker
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John Grasty
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Hi Dawn, I can feel your passion for volunteerism in your comments; that's great. Giving is a measurement of personal wealth and happiness.

Here is a great link on this topic: http://www.trendwatching.com/trends/pdf/trendwatching 2009-02 GENERATION G.pdf

Thanks for commenting Dawn, and let's keep in touch.

Sep 20, 2010 04:19 PM #4
Rainer
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Hi John,

I'm an animal nut, so I give to the Humane Society as much as I can and I hold free contests for pet lovers and give prizes that I think they can actually use and love.

I was going to volunteer at the humane society, but they certainly don't have trouble in that department - an opening for the volunteer orientation is months away because the others before it have been filled!

My contributions are related to my specialty in real estate, but pets are my passion, so what can I say?

Sep 21, 2010 02:51 AM #5
Rainmaker
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From your blog and the individual posts Pam, it would have been easy for even the casual commentator or reader to realize your pet penchant; it says it all!

That's truly awesome that the Humane Society is so well supported.

How is your latest contest going so far Pam?

Sep 21, 2010 05:55 AM #6
Rainer
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It's going pretty good, John. Thanks for asking.

You can see the entries so far at www.facebook.com/petspetspetscontest.

 

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