Giving Back Without Going Out of Your Way
September 10, 2020
Giving back should be easy, right?
You’d think ‘where there’s a will there’s a way,’ but unfortunately, whether it’s the physical limitations imposed by social distancing or creeping doubts that donations aren’t being put to good use, making a difference in the lives of others can be frustratingly difficult.
If you’ve recognized these challenges–whether for a personal project or when attempting to get a corporate giving initiative going at work–we’d like to suggest a unique application called Bonusly to help simplify the process.
First, Bonusly provides a real-time forum for co-workers to praise each other by giving “points” (we call ours “cookies”) as a form of recognition. These little displays of gratitude add up quickly and can have a tremendous impact on team morale.
Then, at the end of the month, Bonusly (with financial support from your organization) converts the points into real-life dollars, enabling recipients to donate to a predefined, fully vetted list of charities with a click of a button. Everyone feels good, the company gets a tax write-off, and the upward spiral of generosity is well underway.
4 Benefits of Bonusly
- Makes giving simple with one click
- Turns recognition into a habit, creating a culture of gratitude
- Engages employees through personal recognition and impact
- Vets charities for you and lets individuals choose their cause
Since implementing Bonusly in March, we’ve donated hundreds of dollars to the American Cancer Society, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the World Food Program, and more. So far, our highest donation has gone to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Response Fund. It’s heartwarming to know that our donations are a culmination of our team’s gratitude toward each other. Bonusly helps us spread the love inside and out: the more we recognize each other’s contributions, the more positivity is spread, and the more points are converted into cash donations.
As a result of the pandemic, many volunteer opportunities are limited right now, and help is needed more than ever. In a time like this, platforms like Bonusly are critical–for nonprofits and for those who want to give. To learn more about Bonusly, visit their website.