The book “Democracy in America” was written in 1835 by a French sociologist who created it to explain Americans to Europeans.  He pointed out that philanthropy was a large part of American life and of meaningful association with a cause and a tribe.  That’s still true today.  

In business settings, shared philanthropy among employees can strengthen relationships and job satisfaction.  Go beyond corporate social responsibility by encouraging employees to make a collective difference.  Giving tools like Employee Assistance Funds provide a way to pool contributions for causes, or co-workers in need.   

Locally-focused Community Foundations are nonprofit organizations that companies turn to to manage such funds.  There are several in the Philadelphia and South Jersey region.  To learn more about how employees can pool their funds for greater impact, start by contacting Community Foundation of South Jersey or Philadelphia Foundation.