Resources

If you’re looking for where to start take a look at our FAQ’s of Philanthropy initiatives by industry list of recommendations.

 

First, start with a category. Which one best suits your business culture?

  • Environment

  • Food & Water

  • Shelter

  • Health

  • Education

 

Next, take a look at our ideas for each industry:

 

Aerospace industry:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mechanics) Initiatives

    • Women in aerospace programs

    • Facility tours

    • Science camps

    • Coding camps

    • Donate scientific equipment

    • Grants

    • Fellowships

    • Internships

  • Donate aerospace models to museums, schools or educational foundations

Agriculture

  • Agricultural tours

  • Environmental sustainability initiatives

    • Demonstrations through video, webcasts, infographics, etc.

    • Grow your own garden initiatives

    • Healthcare initiatives for proper nutrition

    • Sponsoring farmer’s markets

    • Planting trees

    • Cleaning up parks

Computer:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mechanics) Initiatives

    • Hackathon sponsorships

    • Video game streaming fundraisers

    • Women in coding camps, courses, meetups

    • Coding camps

    • Grants

    • Fellowships

    • Internships

  • Donating computers to:

    • Victims of natural disasters

    • Underprivileged

    • Refugees

Construction:

  • Building or providing temporary shelter or housing for:

    • Victims of natural disasters

    • Underprivileged

    • Refugees

Defense industry:

  • U.S. Veterans initiatives

    • Donations (care packages)

    • Fundraisers

  • Sponsor sporting or outdoor events

Education:

  • For nutritional initiatives in schools, see the food industry category.

  • Mini library initiatives: funding construction of mailbox-size libraries in communities

  • Offering free courses, conferences, webinars, podcasts

  • Scholarships, funds, fellowships, grants, internships

  • Partner with boy scouts, girl scouts and summer camps

  • Sponsor motivational speakers to come to schools

  • Providing school supplies such as backpacks, words of encouragement for:

    • Victims of natural disasters

    • Underprivileged

    • Refugees

Energy

  • Donating energy resources to:

    • Victims of natural disasters

    • Underprivileged

    • Refugees

  • Renewable energy initiatives

    • Sponsoring school grants, competitions, fellowships, scholarships, etc.

Entertainment

  • Movie industry:

    • Auction famous items from famous movies

    • Partner with celebrity who has a charitable cause

  • Music industry:

    • Recycling initiatives at events

    • Dance-a-thons as a fundraiser

Financial services

  • Food “banks”

  • Sponsoring free educational events on the basics of finance, planning for your future in high schools, colleges, etc.

Food industry

  • Pet food:

    • Sponsor pet adoption events

    • Wildlife sanctuary donations or charity events

  • Restaurants:

    • If you have a performance space, host small concerts for charities

    • Host charity events featuring local chefs teaching children to cook

    • Sponsoring cooking competitions

  • All food companies:

    • Food kitchens, soup kitchens, canned food donation drives, meals on wheels

    • Partnership with Girl Scouts for Girl Scout cookies

    • Funding construction of mailbox-size food pantries

    • Grow your own garden initiatives

    • Sponsoring farmer’s markets

    • Sending or providing food to:

      • Victims of natural disasters

      • Underprivileged

      • Refugees

Health care industry

  • Sponsor de-stress events:

    • Massage clinics

    • Meditation classes

  • Sponsoring fitness activities:

    • Races

    • Marathons

    • Walkathons

    • Dance-a-thons

    • Health conferences

  • Sponsoring medical supplies or services for:

    • Victims of natural disasters

    • Underprivileged

    • Refugees

  • Grow your own garden initiatives

Hospitality industry:

  • Tourism:

    • Sponsoring green activities

  • Agricultural tours

  • Sustainment initiatives for hotels:

    • Energy savings initiatives within hotels

    • Sourcing hotel food from local farmers

Manufacturing:

  • Sustainment initiatives

  • Sponsoring educational funds for future employees

  • Offering free training courses for future employees

  • Clothing:

    • Donate clothes (in general), get a discount

    • Donating suits for interviews (for business attire clothing stores), get a discount

    • Buy one piece, we will donate a piece

Mass media:

  • Start a hashtag that will start a positive movement

  • Feature model citizens in your local community through your channels

  • Highlight clients that have their own community outreach campaigns

Telecommunications

  • Providing connectivity to:

    • Victims of natural disasters

    • Underprivileged

    • Refugees

Transport

  • Clean-air initiatives

  • Airlines:

    • Offering free rides to and from the airport for those in need

  • Ground based companies.

    • Cleaning up highways

    • Offering free rides to interviews

  • Providing free transportation or discount for:

    • Victims of natural disasters

    • Unemployed

    • Underprivileged

    • U.S. veterans

    • Refugees

Water/Water filter companies

  • Filter companies:

    • Environmental initiatives in communities

    • Educational outreach about the water cycle

  • Donating water to:

    • Victims of natural disasters

    • Underprivileged

    • Refugees

  • Sponsoring fitness activities:

    • Races

    • Marathons

    • Walkathons

    • Dance-a-thons

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