Giving back to the community that has welcomed you into their city can have a lasting impact on both your meeting and the community that you supported. But when you are visiting from afar, it is sometimes difficult and confusing to figure out where your work can do the most good.
What can you do to help you navigate through the local charitable scene and find great projects for your meeting?
Meet at a location that is already doing good
Right from the get-go, you know that at least some of your meeting dollars will go towards those that need it. Take, for example, the Duke Energy Convention Center
. This convention center works with many local charitable organizations, from putting on blood drives for the American Red Cross to hosting a party to benefit hundreds of organizations. Meeting at a location that has such a strong approach to giving back really will make your meeting a charitable endeavor without any further effort.
Make giving fun
When are people most likely to give? When there’s a fun activity involved, of course!
Take Optimist International. When the 95th Annual Optimist International Convention
comes to the Duke Energy Convention Center in July, the attendees will have a different way of making an impact on the Cincinnati community. Attendees will have the option to buy rubber ducks for a duck race. All funds will go to the Children’s Cancer Foundation. Is there a better way to have fun and bond with fellow attendees than to cheer for a rubber duck to win a race? Definitely not.
Look for simple ideas that could bring fun and a smile to charitable giving. And if you’re extra creative, it can definitely turn into a great networking opportunity.
How have your meetings been charitable? How did you navigate through local charities to find the right projects for your attendees?