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When considering establishing a relief fund to support employees in the immediate aftermath of an unforeseen disaster or personal hardship, a global organization normally establishes a single fund for its entire population. On occasion, an organization wishes to create multiple funds to organize donations or grants by division, country or region. Most of those organizations who do this end up returning to the single fund model within 1 – 2 years for several reasons.
Here are 7 reasons why establishing a single corporate fund versus multiple funds contributes to relief fund success.
1. Long-term Success
A single corporate relief fund fosters long-term success by creating a streamlined and sustained approach. Having a single fund allows for the centralized management of resources and a simplified administrative process, alignment with the organization’s values and objectives, and a global perspective of the fund. This cohesive strategy ensures that the fund remains a reliable source of support for employees across all markets.
2. Cost Effectiveness
From a financial perspective, establishing one fund instead of having individual market funds can significantly enhance the cost-effectiveness of the program ensuring that more money goes to individuals and families in need.
Establishing a single fund reduces the initial launch costs associated with setting up a fund and lowers ongoing operational costs for program support services and administrative expenses. Communication efforts for one fund can be centralized, allowing the organization to optimize the budget for marketing and fundraising. Consolidating resources into one fund reduces overall operational costs and maximizes the impact of the fund for charitable class members.
3. Applicant Experience
Having individual funds for each market can create confusion for applicants seeking assistance. Different communication channels, fund webpages, and applications based on markets may lead to a disjointed and potentially frustrating experience for those seeking financial assistance in a time of need. One fund streamlines the applicant experience, ensuring a consistent and user-friendly experience for all.
4. Donor Perspective
A single fund presents a more straightforward and compelling narrative to donors. Managing a single fund is more streamlined and easier to communicate. This simplicity not only encourages more significant contributions but also facilitates long-term sustainability as donors can better understand the impact and goals of the fund.
5. Senior Leadership Buy-In
Establishing one corporate fund usually ensures stronger buy-in from senior leadership. This top-down support is crucial for the success and longevity of the program. When each market is responsible for its own fund, it may result in fragmented decision-making and less consistent support from leadership.
6. Consistency in Processes and Internal Communications
A single fund promotes consistency in how processes are handled and communicated internally. Having one fund with standardized operating procedures ensures that internal teams have guidelines for all tasks associated with the fund. It helps prevent confusion and ensures that internal teams are aligned in their approaches to communicating about the fund. Essential information, updates, and changes to processes can be disseminated uniformly, reducing the risk of miscommunication or varying interpretations of information regarding the fund.
7. Increased Company Morale
Having a singular corporate relief fund reinforces the idea that the company is facing challenges together as a single entity. It breaks down silos and promotes a sense of solidarity among employees across different markets. This cohesive approach fosters a stronger corporate culture and can contribute to higher morale and a shared commitment to helping each other in times of need.
Consolidating efforts into one corporate relief fund offers numerous advantages. From long-term success and cost-effectiveness to a streamlined user experience and enhanced morale, the advantages of one corporate fund are compelling. By taking this approach, organizations can maximize the impact of their efforts and demonstrate a commitment to supporting employees and communities on a global scale.
If you would like to learn more about how your organization can establish or restructure a relief fund to support your employees financially during times of an unexpected disaster or hardship, contact us today.
Author: Doug Stockham, President
Emergency Assistance Foundation