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The Pros and Cons of Choosing a Local or Global Charity

The Pros and Cons of Choosing a Local or Global Charity

After deciding what charitable cause one wants to support, the next step is to determine whether to give locally or globally. While there are countless organizations around the world that need people to donate to them, there are several nonprofits in a donors local community. How can someone make the right decision?

 

Local Organizations

There are several benefits to donating to local organizations that are already within one’s community.

 

Pros

Local organizations are typically smaller charities than the larger global organizations. With these nonprofits, donors will find that their giving is more actionable and less likely to be used for questionable purposes.

When giving locally, donors can get to know the team members of the nonprofit organization and better understand their mission. By having access to their facilities, local donors are able to reach out to these nonprofits to see what type of work is being done.

 

Cons

While there is a certain level of proximity that can’t be ignored when giving locally, there are a few downsides to donating to local organizations. Some charities, due to their size and lack of resources, end up closing shortly after they’ve opened their doors. These local organizations aren’t as likely to succeed as other international nonprofits.

While local organizations tend to have fewer expenses and overhead costs, it is likely that a larger percentage of their donations will go to keeping their doors open rather than actually helping others. These smaller local charities don’t have the same type of access to funding and grants that other organizations do.

 

Global Nonprofits

While donors don’t have the same physical access to global nonprofits as they would with global nonprofits, there are benefits to donating to global organizations.

 

Pros

As most of these internationally based charities are committed to helping the poorest nations in the world, donors’ dollars tend to go further than they might with local charities. It costs significantly less to feed children in some of the less developed countries in the world. Moreover, most international charities have been in service for several years, making it easier to determine their level of impact throughout the world.

 

Cons

Many donors that want to give globally are faced with the conundrum of giving an international organization while there are local communities within their own country that need assistance. Similarly, when giving to a nonprofit that isn’t locally based, donors run the risk of encountering fraudulent charitable organizations.

It can be difficult to decide where to donate one’s money. Donors should keep the pros and cons of local and global organizations in mind as they make their decision.

How to Encourage Volunteering Among Employees

How to Encourage Volunteering Among Employees

Happy employees are usually more productive, which is one reason employers take steps to make employees as happy as possible. One thing employers can do is promote a volunteering heart amongst employees. The following are several ways business owners can encourage employees to volunteer.

Paid Time Off

Volunteering not only makes the company look good, especially now that being a good corporate citizen translates to effective marketing, but it also helps employees build new skills. Offering paid time off is a good way to get employees to volunteer from time to time. It may seem like employers are losing money by providing paid time off, but the truth is that volunteering can generate publicity and promote the company. It is advisable that employees still wear company clothes when volunteering.

Promote Opportunities

It is hard to keep up with all volunteering opportunities, especially when working. This is the reason employers need to stay on top of all the opportunities within the region. Posting opportunities on bulletin boards or announcing them is a good way to go. Employers should choose various types of opportunities since people are unique and will likely be interested in different types of volunteering tasks.

Get Leaders

Volunteering can be a little hard to organize and to engage in. Sometimes, it is a good idea to have leaders who can help ensure everything goes smoothly. It would be wise to see if any potential employees want to take on leadership roles to ensure the volunteering party does what it is supposed to do.

Record and Reward

Workers love to be recognized and appreciated. Employers should take notice of this reality and actually take steps to reward employees who show a spectacular volunteering spirit. Taking this kind of step encourages others to do the same. It is important that only employees who truly deserve to be recognized are given rewards to maintain the integrity of any reward handed out.

When put into practice, these points will make it easier to get employees engaged with their community and foster a philanthropic workplace environment. It may be hard to get employees to get in the habit of volunteering, but a little patience goes a long way. This will encourage that helpful spirit.

How Blood Is Used After It Is Donated?

How Blood Is Used After It Is Donated?

Many people have donated blood. However, it is likely that only a small percentage of these individuals know what happens to their blood once it leaves their systems. This blog will attempt to answer that question.

Donated blood is not simply transfused into someone in need immediately following its extraction from a donor’s body. The life liquid must undergo several critical steps designed to ensure its safety and value. These steps include:

 

Processing

Shortly after donation, blood is first processed into its various components. Typically, blood is placed into a machine called a centrifuge which separates the substance into the several parts that comprise it such as platelets, plasma, red and white blood cells. Once the components are separated, they are stored inside an individual container. Separation often occurs in a laboratory overseen by the institution, organization or health facility receiving the donations.

 

Identification

When the blood has been separated, its components are properly identified. There are four different blood types A, B, AB and O. In addition, donated blood will also be labeled positive or negative based upon its specific Rh factor. Identification is crucial because administering someone the wrong blood type could be a costly, potentially fatal mistake.

 

Testing

Once donated blood is properly separated and identified, it is then tested to determine if the sample contains any infectious pathogens that could possibly precipitate disease. Common infectious particles blood banks search for include: viruses such as HIV, several strains of Hepatitis, various sexually transmitted microbes and infectious illnesses like West Nile or Zika. Donated blood will also be scrutinized for bacteria.

 

Storage

Should donated blood return from testing free of any pathogens, such samples are then stored. The length of time a particular blood component can be stored varies. Typically, platelets are only kept for several days. Red blood cells can remain refrigerated for a period lasting up to six weeks. Plasma can remain frozen and solid for donation for a duration of up to one year.

 

Distribution

Blood that is appropriately stored inside a blood bank is typically available for distribution on a moment’s notice. In many instances, hospitals maintain a safe reserve of donated blood. However, stocked blood banks are important in the event of an emergency such as a mass casualty event.

Synter Resource Group Cares About Our Community

Synter Resource Group was founded to serve the Transportation Industry with a never-ending quest to build better processes. For over a decade, we have brought that same mindset to our community stewardship. Synter is proud to serve in key initiatives for some of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and we never stop working toward a better future.

Synter Resource Group Highway Clean Up from Synter Resource Group on Vimeo.

 

We are always looking for opportunities to improve and preserve all of the great things about our community in historic Charleston, South Carolina.

At Synter Resource Group, we believe that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a difference. Our passionate staff has participated in all sorts of outreach projects. Some extend off-site to local schools, churches, or community buildings, while others take place right in our own office! No matter what, we aim to bring volunteer work to the forefront of our business and of our wonderful city, so that we can inspire others to get involved as well.

The concept of community has been woven into the fabric of Synter Resource Group since day one. We know that collaboration is crucial — and this sentiment rings just as true when it comes to building our own company culture. We have worked hard to create an inclusive, supportive, and downright exciting place for our staff to work and thrive. We also regularly organize events like employee cookouts, picnics, and outings.

Synter Resource Group is headquartered in a 28,000 square foot facility in Charleston, South Carolina. We are the largest business process outsourcing (BPO) company serving the transportation and logistics industry in North America. Synter was named as one of INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Small Businesses in 2012. We were also recognized in INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Small Businesses in 2016 (list pending) and in the South Carolina Top Workplaces 2017 program.

Organizations Synter has Partnered With:

  • United Way
  • Adopt-A-Highway
  • The Greater Charleston First Tee Organization
  • Adopt a Family Christmas campaign
  • Angel’s Touch
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital