You can make a difference in the hearts of many!
Small businesses like Patty's Beauty Academy, Palmdale, CA played an important role in creating innovative models for charitable giving that not only support their communities but also help extend their brand, define company culture and provide competitive differentiation. Smart businesses realize that charitable giving doesn’t have to bankrupt the company coffers. In fact, good works can actually strengthen the business.
Unfortunately, small businesses get inundated with charitable requests, and it’s really hard for them to say no. As a Small Business, you become a bulls-eye for anyone and everyone looking for donations, sponsorships, philanthropy and giving of any kind. A lot of small businesses say yes, yes, yes and give until it hurts.
In S.E.F, we do things differently. We won't "bug you" for donations but we will help you identify brand-extending areas to support. In Patty's Beauty Academy’s case, that was supportive programs for women victims of domestic violence and homeless. We also focus on smaller, local projects where donations would have more impact. This will have an immediate impact, and create more relationships.
The value comes from being involved in some way versus just making just a donation. It would be easy to give money or a service here or there, but it’s the teamwork behind the giving that creates an amazing atmosphere for a successful company. Being involved in the community becomes such an important touchstone and it also helps define the type of employee the company wants. Giving back can play a huge role in a company, it challenges the employees every day to give back in some way, to give customers more than they expect. People remember that. The ultimate innovation in community service is to make charitable giving an essential part of the company’s business model.
Become a for-profit company with a nonprofit pedigree.
Your own charitable initiatives or goals may be more modest, but that doesn’t mean they'll have less impact. Our sponsors discovered that giving back can not only be a way to feel good about helping their community but also a way to extend and build your company.
Charity may begin at home, but holistic and innovative community support begins with small business.
"Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." John 6:12 (NIV)
We wholeheartedly believe that local Business involvement can be a life-giving reflection of their values and heart for both our community and its people. With a new wave of businesses opening each year, the workforce is increasingly filled with individuals searching for meaningful work opportunities with organizations and companies committed to social good.
Americans throw away more than 25 percent of the food we prepare, about 96 billion pounds of food waste each year according to the US Department of Agriculture's Estimating and Addressing America's Food Losses.
By redirecting unspoiled food from landfill to our neighbors in need, restaurants can support their local communities and reduce environmental impact. Non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food can be donated. Donated food can also include leftovers from events and surplus food inventory. The donating process is based on donors receiving economic benefit through tax savings in addition to involvement with community and corporate goodwill.
The quality, wholesome prepared food donated from restaurants is a welcomed addition in the total effort to eliminate hunger in our community – The food is deeply appreciated by our Meals Program which committed to serving those who experience hunger. Our Donors understand that, when prepared food is involved, a small amount at a time can rapidly build up to make a big difference.
We realize that operating a quality food service program takes time and commitment, so we make the food donation Program our full-time job so it does not have to be your full-time job. As a result of our coordination, the donation process requires minimal effort by operations personnel, and restaurant team members embrace the program. Our support team is ready to handle all coordination and administration for your food donation. This includes providing the ongoing follow-up and monitoring necessary for successful implementation and growth. Not only has the program benefited the donor financially, but also it has benefited our communities and most importantly provided those in need with good food that otherwise would have been wasted. The SEF donation process furnishes detailed information that enables donors to maximize their tax savings.
If you would like to learn more about how to get involved, please contact us.
Passed in 1996, the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects restaurants from civil and criminal liability should a recipient get ill or hurt as a result of consumed donated food. Donors are only culpable in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct.