As Green Business Women, we always want to do well, support our company and our employees and partners, and to grow our business.
For the past six years, my business partner and I have implemented a number of ways to give back to the community, including donating 10% of product sales, fundraising drives, charity auctions, and participating on boards and as volunteer committee members.
I highly encourage you to build in a philanthropic arm to your existing business. The benefits include the ability to help out non-profit and community-based organizations, which are able to effect very great change, as well as greater exposure in your own community, tax deductions, and the feeling of being a valued member of your community.
We have organized our efforts along the following topical areas:
- entrepreneurship education for women of color
- women, children, and families
- music, film, and the arts
- environmental sustainability
- green businesses
- civic and political involvement
Perhaps you and your company have your own topics that you'd like to support. Go for the 1%, 5%, or 10% mark — the more you are able to profit, the more you have an opportunity to give back to your community.
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Monica S. Flores @monicadear is committed to educating, empowering, and connecting women in business. She is available for consulting on web development through 10K Webdesign. She also offers a directory of woman-owned, green businesses GreenBusinessWomen.com and a member community for success-oriented women ASuccessfulWoman.com. She believes in the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profits.