Here is a comprehensive compilation of the most creative Charity related benefit ideas that enable innovative organizations deliver better value to their employees well beyond dental, health and pension options that most offer in their plans.
These ideas a relevant for all budgets and sizes of organizations and provide a simplified approach to Benefits planning to increase employee satisfaction.
- Health Benefits
- Professional Development
- Vacation time / Leave
- Work schedules
Employee Benefits Ideas – Charity
- As part of the company’s charitable program, Bayer supports a number of local, national and international organizations each year and encourages employees to get active in their local communities by providing paid time off to volunteer
- Cadillac Fairview supports a number of national charitable organizations each year and encourages employees to give back to their local community by matching volunteer hours with company donations (up to $5,000 for 7 or more volunteer hours donated by groups of three employees or more)
- Canadian Tire’s charitable focus for the past 10 years has been “Jumpstart Charities”, a nationally registered charity dedicated to removing financial barriers for children to participate in sport and physical activity — the initiative is comprised of a network of 311 local Jumpstart chapters and has helped over 1 million kids to date
- Corby Spirit & Wine / Hiram Walker & Sons cultivates a culture of recognition through the “iThank” reward program, allowing employees to issue virtual badges to their colleagues — badge recipients may receive a cash prize, ranging from $50 to $2,000, an extra week of paid vacation or a $1,000 donation to the charity of the employees’ choice
- Employees at GE Canada help direct the company’s many charitable initiatives through the employee-led GE Community Investment Council, which meets quarterly and publishes an annual report — the company also organized a country-wide “Day of Caring” initiative last year to encourage employees to get involved in their local community
- Home Depot Canada is an active member of the community, donating approximately 65,000 volunteer hours in the past year — the organization’s current charitable focus is addressing youth homelessness in Canada through partnerships with related community organizations
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