Good Morning DINKS. This past week I found myself in a weird situation in my office and I want to know if anyone else has experienced the same situation. We are doing some fundraising at my office and in a group meeting the woman responsible for collecting donations asked everyone to make a contribution to the charitable organization on the spot. She said that she would be coming around to collect money from the people who didn’t donate during the meeting or who didn’t have their wallets with them at that time. It may be just me who is mistaken, but I thought that fundraising and donating money to charities is an optional gesture?
We definitely want to help support a good cause and help people who are less fortunate than we are. However, sometimes people may prefer to donate money to a charitable cause which they support in their personal lives, instead of feeling obligated to donate money to a charity that is supported within their workplace. Think about the last time that you were asked to make a donation to a charity at work, did you feel obligated to donate money?
Monetary obligations to charities are definitely a slippery slope when it comes to asking co-workers to donate money. On one had we want to be a team player and support our co-workers in their efforts to support a good cause, and one day we may have to ask our co-workers for monetary donations because we may be supporting a good cause. However, on the other hand it sort of seems like there is always someone at my office who is asking us to donate money.
If you always give money to your co-workers charitable causes you may become known as a regular donator; then your co-workers may start to expect you to donate money every single time they ask. This can be a very dangerous financial commitment because we all have personal financial obligations outside of work.
We never want to be known as the person who doesn’t contribute or participate in office fundraising activities because our image at the workplace is very important for our future sustainability. However, maybe we can’t afford to always donate money to the charitable causes at our office.
Here are some ways that you can contribute without giving money:
1. Volunteer Your Time. Help organize the fundraising activities, help organize a collection of funds, or help organize an event such as a bake sale. This way you are participating in the fundraising without actually donating money.
2. Offer To Help. Even if you are not in charge of organizing the events or the activities at your office you can always offer to help the person who is in charge. This shows that you are a team player and that you are able to work well with the other employees in your office.
3. Share Your Ideas. You don’t have to be on the fundraising committee in order to share your ideas. New ideas and ways to raise money are (usually) always welcome and encouraged by employees.
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