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Do we need a policy covering employee charity drives?

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Question: “Our large office has employees from around the world—including Burma and China. Following this month’s natural disasters in both countries, employees started charity drives to collect disaster-relief funds. (The same thing happened after Hurricane Katrina, and the company itself donated to that effort.) While I applaud their generosity, I wonder if these kinds of drives are entirely appropriate in the workplace. Could we get in trouble in any way? Do we need a policy?” — SKL, NYC


I also applaud the generosity of these employees, but you have to draw a line somewhere. Maybe you could allow employees to put a sign at their desk saying they are taking contributions, but nothing else. Personally I would be leery of making a donation to any "person", instead of through a legitimate charity like the Red Cross etc.

I beleive you shoud have a policy for any thing involving asking for money, whether a charitable cause, Avon or someones birthday in the office. These things can offend some people, and most of us do donate to many causes on our own.

I would recommend that all such requests be channeled through HR and as recommended, by anther contributor, the funds should be sent to a recognized agency.

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