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How to Seamlessly Integrate Purposeful Givebacks into Your Events

Updated: Jan 4

The demand for positive change has never been more urgent. Businesses are now presented with a distinct opportunity to go beyond the bottom line and make a real impact. The era of just executing events is over, as companies must evolve into forces for good. This philosophy forms the core of ETHOS Event Collective, a dedicated destination management company that sees events, conferences, and meetings as more than just gatherings—they are potent platforms for positive change.

This guide is a practical exploration of strategies to seamlessly integrate a giveback element into your program. It's not about grand gestures but about making meaningful contributions that enhance your event, create a genuine impact, and contribute positively to the world.

As we navigate through the following sections, we'll provide concrete steps and insights to elevate your event experience. The goal is to ensure that your event is not just well-executed but serves a broader purpose. Let's dive into practical strategies that go beyond the ordinary, turning your events into moments that matter. It's about leveraging the potential of your gatherings to leave a positive imprint on the world. Join us as we uncover the practical side of making your events a force for good.

Be the Change photo
Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

HOW GIVE BACKS Infuse Your Events with Purpose

Why This Matters to Us:

ETHOS team in las vegas volunteering by packing meals with feeding america
ETHOS Giveback Day 2023

ETHOS Event Collective, a purpose-driven destination and event management company, is committed to becoming a trusted, strategic ally to your business. Through Purposeful Planning™, we create authentic experiences that align with your goals, delight your audience, and generate impactful outcomes. Operating as thought leaders in the event planning industry, we continuously redefine standards, stay at the forefront of innovation, shape trends, and drive meaningful change. Leveraging technology, research, measurement, and destination expertise, we design programs that spark engagement, generating ROI for both clients and the community. Our mission is to inspire others to join us in our purpose — giving back to the people and places that make the experiences we create possible.

Adding Purposeful Planning™, Meaningful Results

With an unwavering commitment to making a meaningful impact, ETHOS Event Collective brings extensive qualifications and experience to seamlessly integrate giveback initiatives into events. Our team's expertise spans various industries and destinations, providing a unique advantage in identifying organic and authentic opportunities for giving back. From team-building activities that raise funds for noble causes to repurposing event materials for community benefit, we thrive on helping clients make a difference. We understand that the essence of a memorable event lies not only in its logistics but also in the positive impact it has on participants and the communities it touches.

1. Teambuilding for a Cause

Beach cleanup team building
Cayman Team Beach Cleanup

Teambuilding activities have long been recognized as essential components of successful events, creating an environment that nurtures collaboration and camaraderie among participants. However, the true potential of these activities can be elevated significantly by aligning them with a charitable cause. Rather than mere icebreakers or trust-building exercises, these purpose-driven team-building initiatives become powerful tools for making a tangible impact on both your team and the community at large.

Consider organizing a charity run that not only promotes physical fitness and team spirit but also raises funds for a noble cause. A bicycle-building challenge not only reinforces teamwork but results in bikes donated to underprivileged individuals, offering them newfound mobility and opportunities. Alternatively, assembling care packages for the less fortunate transforms a teambuilding exercise into a compassionate act that directly benefits those in need.

These activities, rooted in a sense of purpose, go beyond the conventional teambuilding experience. They become transformative moments where your team not only strengthens internal bonds but also collaborates with a shared mission of creating positive change. By integrating such purposeful team building into your events, you enhance your team's cohesion while instilling a sense of pride and fulfillment that extends beyond the event itself. It's a unique opportunity to demonstrate corporate social responsibility while fostering a workplace culture that values both internal unity and external impact.

2. Reduce Food Waste and Feed the Hungry

Coporate group volunteering at a food bank
ETHOS packing meals

Dealing with excess food at events is a common challenge that goes beyond logistics. At ETHOS Event Collective, we propose a straightforward solution - tackle food wastage by teaming up with local food banks or shelters.

Here's the deal: Plan ahead. Work with a food rescue organization to collect and distribute surplus food from your event to those in need. It's not just about minimizing waste; it's about actively addressing hunger in the community.

This real-world approach resonates with attendees and is not just a practical strategy to tick a CSR box. Attendees see your commitment to responsible resource use, and it goes a long way in showing your organization is socially aware and community-focused, as well as cares about more than just the bottom line. It's a a simple way to be responsible practical, and make a positive mark on the communities where your events take place.

3. Repurpose Event Materials

Floral centerpiece from corporate event donated to Retirement home to repurpose event materials
Donated Centerpiece

Let's talk about the aftermath of events, particularly the often-overlooked surplus of materials that are typically discarded. At ETHOS Event Collective, we advocate for a sustainable approach that not only minimizes waste but also contributes to the betterment of local communities.

For example, instead of letting decorations and event materials end up in the trash, we propose extending their life through repurposing. This could involve donating items like centerpieces and banners to local schools, community centers, or non-profit organizations. Of course, this helps to avoid waste, but it also brightens spaces, brings joy, and connects the event to the community in a unique way.

Some examples of our previous events have been using basketballs for a March Madness event that was donated to a local school without the budget for new team equipment or when we brought our beautiful floral centerpieces to a nearby senior home to brighten their day.

So, let's not just clean up after an event; let's leave behind a legacy of sustainability and community engagement that ensures your events go beyond the day-of experience and contribute to a more responsible and compassionate world.

4. Round-Up Program

If you can make some room in the budget, clients should always have the option to round up their event expenses to the nearest dollar. It's a small, effortless contribution that was allocated for the event from the start. These additional funds are then directed towards a carefully selected charitable organization, creating a collective impact that extends far beyond the confines of the event.

By getting to know the client's interests and values, DMCs can recommend nonprofit organizations that align. This sense of shared purpose among event attendees is a win-win scenario where the simplicity of rounding up creates a ripple effect of positive change.

5. Silent Auctions and Charitable Partnerships

5 woman working with bombas to donate socks to homeless in need through las vegas rescue mission

A very hands-on and engaging way to do some good is to feature items generously donated by local businesses or sponsors. The proceeds from this auction become a powerful tool for supporting a charitable organization aligned with your event's values. Additionally, a portion of every ticket price or event proceeds can be directed towards supporting that meaningful cause.

It is always a rush of fun to bid on exciting items while also contributing to a larger purpose. The local businesses and sponsors involved in the Silent Auction become integral parts of the community narrative and help to tell the story of the community where the event is taking place. This experience is a memorable demonstration of how collective efforts, whether through bidding or ticket purchases, can drive positive change in the community.

In conclusion, incorporating givebacks into your events not only elevates the overall experience for attendees but also positions your organization as a socially responsible entity. It's a win-win situation where your events become a platform for positive change, fostering goodwill and leaving a lasting legacy of impact on your community.

It is essential that the hospitality industry as a whole recognizes the profound impact they can have on the communities they work in. Share this blog with someone in the industry to encourage them to incorporate a giveback into their next event. When choosing a DMC to work with, make sure they are embracing the opportunity to use your business as a force for good and make a difference in the world.

To learn more about incorporating a giveback into your next event, get in touch with one of our experts!


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