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Charitable Giving and the Guilt Trip!

Eagle is approached all the time to support the very many worthy causes in our communities. The fact that Eagle has a presence in ten cities means that we do tend to get approached nationwide, by clients, friends, staff, and very often people we don't know to support one cause or another. Early in our development we decided that we could not support every charity out there ... so we developed our plan. Choose one large charity to support, and then have a limited budget for the smaller requests.

The charity we identified that met our basic needs of being National, and supporting children's programs was the Children's Aid Foundation. Over the last five years Eagle has donated more than $250,000 to the CAF and tons of time from our people. However, it does not end there. Eagle makes significant contributions to other charities including but not limited to the Young Author's Conference from MASC, the Big Art Event for Big Brothers Big Sisters ... and we also provide funds, time and gifts to many other events and charities some of which are listed on our Corporate Philanthropy page.

So ... why am I blogging about this? Is this just a plug to say what good guys we are at Eagle?

No ... my message is that there is only so much that any company can give. This year we have spent more than double our budget on supporting charities and sponsorships. It doesn't seem to matter how much you give, it is never enough, and several times recently I have had the guilt trip played while turning down requests. It is strange to be made to feel bad for not giving! Several times it was pointed out that if I give to "that organization" I should be able to support "this organization" ... I have had clients suggest it would be "good for business" ... I have had people demonstrate indignation that I did not get my cheque book out. There is an old saying that if you want something done, give it to a busy person. Perhaps some apply a similar approach to giving ... If you need a donation ask someone who donates a lot!

I would love to see ALL businesses support their communities to the fullest extent, however many companies today are reaching saturation point as charities need more and more private funding, and there really is a limit to how much we can give!