In light of #GivingTuesday and the holidays around the corner, we compiled a list of our favorite ways to up your CSR gift-giving game (say that five times fast!) for your employees, channel partners, dealers and customers. We all know that it’s better to give than to receive and the best kind of giving (we think) is the kind of giving that gives back! The market for non-cash business gifts is set to top $125B in 2018 alone with most of that coming during the holiday season. Check out our top 5:

 

1. Helping Hands Partners

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HHP is a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on helping their partners penetrate new distribution channels such as the incentives and recognition market. From their website:

“From gourmet foods and bath products to handcrafted jewelry and tech accessories, we offer one-of-a-kind, top-quality and competitively priced products produced by our partners, social enterprises and fair trade organizations in the U.S. and around the world that share a common goal—helping people improve their lives and become self-sufficient by providing job opportunities to those with barriers to employment. HHP teams with Cara to hire adults from underserved communities in Chicago.”

 

2. Alex and Ani

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Alex and Ani’s mission is to design products that adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit. Alex and Ani’s collections reflect a design aesthetic that celebrates each wearer’s unique essence. Owner and Designer Carolyn Rafaelian believes it is her life’s work to inspire her customers to relish what is unique and authentic about themselves. Alex and Ani’s artistry lies in drawing out the beauty that resides within.

Humble share: In the past, One10 has partnered with Alex and Ani to donate up to 20% of the purchase price of any bangle sold to the Best Buddies International Charity.

 

3. Sarah’s Hope

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Founded in 2004 by Sarah Smith, Sarah’s Hope Jewelry is dedicated to donating a minimum of 10% of profits to promote and fund small business loans and programs for women entrepreneurs all over the world. Sarah’s offers a number of radiant collections of only the finest jewelry including pendants, earrings, rings, and cuff links that are sure to leave your hard-working employees, customers, channel partners and dealers feeling valued and appreciated. 

 

4. Ray-Ban / The Hope Alliance

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Maybe you’ve already planned the perfect incentive travel trip for your group, but you want to leave them with something extraordinary to increase their engagement. Maximize the potential of your trip by pairing a CSR gift with it!

Heading to Bora Bora? We like your style! How about an on-site boutique where your participants can choose from their favorite Ray-Ban sunglasses and have a pair of shades donated to The Hope Alliance for every pair given? Participants will love taking part in this unique CSR gift-giving approach.

 

5. Wet Paint Group

CSR gift-giving, Five CSR Gift-Giving Ideas this Holiday Season

Wet Paint Group specializes in unique, on-site gifting experiences, unusual branded merchandise and amenity experiences. They call their philosophy “Gifting with Giveback!” and go to great lengths to ensure they not only find the “right” gift for your participants but also connect that gift to a greater purpose. In doing so, guests leave with a higher emotional connection to the broader event messaging. The gift becomes a vehicle to share the story and inspire attendees to make significant contributions.

Get in touch and let’s make it happen!

Did your favorite CSR initiative miss the list? If so, we would love to hear from you! What are you doing this year to give back to your employees, customers, channel partners and dealers? Drop us a comment down below and you may be featured in a future post!