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  • Casual dress day to raise money for nonprofits

    Maximize your organization’s charitable giving program and support local nonprofits while giving your employees a break from the old suit and tie.

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    The Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County

    Palm Beach County, Florida, U.S.A

    What they did

    In 1994, the Clerk & Comptroller's office in Palm Beach County, Florida started a “Dress Down Friday Charitable Giving" program to support local nonprofits. On Fridays, in exchange for donating $2 a week via payroll deduction, employees may wear casual attire to work. The contributions are donated to 12 local nonprofit organizations that are nominated and voted on each year by the employees.

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    Impact

    Since its inception, the Clerk & Comptroller’s program has donated more than $700,000 to local charities. In 2013, it raised a total of $47,996 for distribution among 12 nonprofits.

    Big Takeaways

    The Clerk & Comptroller's office recommends getting employee input on which organizations to donate to; this will make everyone feel more invested in the program. Make sure your selection guidelines are clear, concise, and posted on both the Intranet for employees and Internet for external audiences. They also suggest keeping the number of charities that receive money to a manageable number (as you define it)—this makes for a bigger impact for each charity receiving your support.

    Photo credit: The Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County

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