Need to broaden your horizons, expand your network?
Want to boost your spirits while supporting a worthwhile cause?
Participating in an industry-run charitable or fundraising event just may be the answer!
There are many types of charitable events held across industries throughout the year and no doubt you get the odd invite from time to time. Yes, you or your company are asked to put their hand in their pocket to support the event in some form or other and the ROI is always so apparent. Or is it?
Whether you are sponsoring the event in some way or other or simply paying to attend the benefits for you and your company can go far beyond the day itself.
Here are just some of the payoffs for you that are worth considering when such an opportunity comes along.
1. Give to a worthy cause…and feel great!
We all are aware of the joy of giving but sometimes a little reminder goes a long way. Giving feeds the spirit, lifts us out of our own daily problems and reminds us of the power and influence of many when they come together for a single cause.
It will do you no harm to boast about your support through your own blog, social media, website or newsletter. It’s no crass to let people know the softer side of your brand and how you are sympathetic to a good cause.
2. Meet new people
Cause-related events have a different air about them. They are relaxed and conducive to meeting and chatting with new people. Unlike a business event where you may run into the same crowd time after time, a charitable event will likely draw interest from folks in areas of the industry you may not otherwise run into. Everyone is there of their own choice for a common goal without agenda or the pressures of business so it is a friendly and open environment in which to make new connections.
Now you have the opportunity to see the other side of potential prospects and business partners and let them see that other side of you. While there are many events that lend themselves to this kind of opportunity there’s no better than a golfing tournament. At such an event you not only get to mingle with a variety of connection but you get to see how they operate in a competitive and stressful situation on the coarse. Not to mention, if you manage to get in the round with them, you spend the best part of a day in the best setting possible.
Fundraising events are typically very good at sponsorship and acknowledging volunteers and contributors. See how they do it. They often have to operate on very a lean budget – ideas on keeping things frugal yet effective can be helpful. Participating suppliers may be new to you and using the industry event to showcase some of their latest and greatest – never hurts to find new ideas. Every event you attend offers opportunities to learn for your own.
4. Sense of Community
Day to day we are all focused on our own challenges. Sometimes it’s nice to lift our heads and remember we are part of a great industry that extends well beyond our own circle of business. Participating in a charitable event gives us a welcome shot of pride in our industry and creates a true sense of community.
There is nothing quite as inspirational as witnessing others in action for a cause they believe in. Catch that energy and use it to fuel your own efforts. It may even inspire you to set up your own charitable event for a good cause in the future.
Join the event in the spirit of helping others and you are sure to be rewarded in unexpected ways!
Don’t waste any time, register for the Cheshire Business Cup, held at the prestigious Mere Resort and Golf Course on May 30th – Not only will you be supporting ‘Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma’ – A charity focused on providing mental health education programmes for young people, their families and their educators. But, you will be in with a chance to win £2,000 in prizes and a 350,000 CAR!
Thought so, click here to find out more and register – But hurry!!! spaces are running out for this event.