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Fundraising is crucial to the health and success of any employer-sponsored disaster and hardship relief fund. The Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc. (EAF) strives to emphasize this, and many employers intuitively grasp it. The natural question that fund sponsors then ask as a follow-up is “how do we communicate that to our employees ?"


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Fundraising is crucial to the health and success of any employer-sponsored disaster and hardship relief fund. The Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc. (EAF) strives to emphasize this, and many employers intuitively grasp it. The natural question that fund sponsors then ask as a follow-up is “how do we communicate that to our employees ?"

The key factor to consider in these communications is the employee base. How management and supervisors have communicated successfully with employees in the past should be the guiding principle for crafting your fundraising messages. The source, tone, and form of the communication should all reflect that consideration.

There are many successful ways that employees and companies have used to encourage donation to their funds. Below are a few of them which you may consider. While every company’s culture and employee workforce is different some of these successful ideas listed below will work well for your company.

  • They had an Associate one day giving program for all their donation choices - which they matched 100%. They raised over $400,000 in one day. Don’t know how much is going to the Emergency Relief fund but funding will be up somewhat.
  • They are using the State grant data (last 3 pages of the report) to go back to the states with most grants and get them to focus on getting donations for their employees (positive story to tell).
  • They used college interns to interview people who got grants to “share their story”.
  • We ask them to think about how much money would be considered “meaningful” to their employees. One possibility is to look at the average grant being 1 – 2 weeks’ pay. So they found that the average wage is $40,500 and so 1 weeks income is $778. The idea of keeping that 1 or 2 weeks’ pay in mind is a good measurement.
  • Company manager donated to fund as Christmas gift to all employees and EAF provided cards acknowledging this to be given to the employees.

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