Build a CSR Program
That Meets Industry Standards
Looking to start your CSR journey or engage more employees in giving and volunteering? These benchmarking stats* and insights show how companies with fewer than 5,000 employees are building corporate purpose programs that maximize engagement and impact
Did you know? 74% of companies with under 5,000 employees launched their first ever purpose program
Participation leads to engagement
The first step to building an effective program is to make a strong first impression with your employees. Inclusive programs that empower grassroots action will inspire your people to support the causes they care about, and when they do it through a workplace program, they’re more likely to stay and feel better about their place of work.
(and growing!) overall average program participation
increase in participation in the first year
greater participation when employees can choose the nonprofits they want to support
of companies allow employees to start their own giving and volunteering initiatives
We launched our program company-wide with Benevity in January 2019. The increase in employee participation has been unprecedented.
Emily Wheeler, Manager of Corporate Citizenship
Make volunteering flexible and rewarding
Our clients use Benevity’s software to connect their employees with thousands of volunteer opportunities — and the communities and causes that matter to them most. Many successful programs include volunteer rewards (dollars for doers), matching volunteer hours with donation funds to further amplify their impact.
of clients offer volunteer rewards
/hour average volunteer reward rate
hours/person average volunteer time
of companies offer combined matching options, so employees can choose to donate time or money
Matching drives more giving
Generous match rates drive more participation in corporate purpose programs, further incentivizing employees’ decisions to donate to company-wide and personal initiatives.
of clients offer matching on employee donations
of clients who offer matching offer 100% matching or more
average matching budget per employee
average annual donation amount per employee
good has a ripple effect
Missions, one of the features of Benevity’s CSR software, helps your people take positive actions that add up to major social, personal and business impact. Missions include easy-to-complete activities and purpose challenges that promote awareness, develop empathy and encourage socially conscious behavior.
participation for clients whose program includes Missions — almost double those who don’t include Missions
increase in donations when giving campaigns are paired with Missions
of first-time participants donate or volunteer after completing Missions
“We launched a Missions pilot, and in just three weeks, we saw 45% engagement, with an average of 5.9 activities per participant. We posted two new Missions activities each week, and each time engagement spiked. We saw super users from all demographics and departments, and they kept going after the pilot period.”
Nicole Frisch, Senior Director, Community Engagement
Designing a successful program is a team effort
Here are some helpful resources on the most recent trends, interesting insights and powerful
recommendations on how you can achieve success for your company.
Learn from the best in purpose-driven business in our new Benevity Impact Labs report, The Best of the Best in Employee Engagement.
Encourage your people to get involved in their community with our Guide to Virtual Volunteering.
Get the basics on getting started with CSR with our Guide for Powering Purpose From the Ground Up e-book.