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All blog posts by Kevin Dee, Chairman at Eagle — Canada’s premier staffing agency, related to charitable giving.

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 chequebook 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!

Charitable Giving

The concept of Corporate Social Responsibility is well documented and there are many articles on the subject. Overwhelming management opinion points to the need for companies to give back to the society in which they operate.

Eagle is a huge fan and if you are interested you can see some of the stuff we are involved with on the Corporate Philanthropy page of our website.

Last night I was at a charity auction in support of Prostate Cancer Research (the Green & White Gala) and was again impressed by the calibre of companies that do support charity, our client EDS was a huge sponsor and we were just a bit player, buying a table and enjoying a good event. Every year I look forward to the Children’s Aid foundation Teddy Bear Affair, which is probably the biggest and arguably best charity auction in Toronto. I think its fair to say that you can have fun AND support charities!

So … my question to the world is, are you doing your bit to support charities? All companies need to get involved, even if its small its a start … and that grows over time. Get out there, donate money, give time, get involved and practice the management strategy of Corporate Social responsibility!