- I take the time to look up the local chapter or presence of the organization on the Internet to see what they're doing and the community goal they're working towards. I also look at other individuals and corporations involved in volunteering, giving, and representing (trustees, advisory boards, etc.)
- If there are connections to their people (i.e. client supported) to lawyers in my firm, or the cause is closely related to other causes that we've stepped up to I will approach the appropriate partners and let them know about the opportunity.
- If an attorney wishes to support the cause then it will be presented to the business development committee to determine of the firm can provide support.
- Every rejected cause receives a posted letter from me (on behalf of the firm) stating that we are not able to support them this year.
- The letter explains that our budgeted giving is reviewed once a year and they are welcome to re-submit at that time.
Of course that means that annually their requests are renewed but that seems to be hardly an inconvenience. Who knows when it may come that their cause is the perfect cause. Being a good corporate citizen has rewards at every level!
BTW, the image above is from the winter program at the United States Adaptive Recreation Center in Big Bear Lake, California.... One of the organizations I am passionate about (www.usarc.org).