In the last year and a half we have been at this wonderful thing called Black Sheep Bride, we have received hundreds and hundreds of applications
from vendors sharing ways they give back. It is always so impressive and inspiring, but I am always left intrigued by the ways people give so differently. Some are liberal with their giving and choose to donate, serve, help out whenever they see the opportunity arise, while others a bit more strategic in their giving and have a very thought out plan on how their business will effectively help others throughout the year!
There are 3 basic ways your business can begin giving back right now! It is up to the business owner to identify in what ways they want to give. Here is the breakdown:
1. Using your Time/Skill to serve others, ex. if you are a photographer donating your photography skills to capture a charity event;
2. Using your Product, ex. donating x amount of cupcakes to a charity each month;
3. Using your Profit and donating to a cause directly related to you, your passions and convictions.
In whatever way you choose to give, make sure you share your giving, write about it, capture the giving, not only do potential clients want to see your business is involved in the community, you could very well start a movement of giving in your own little circle of influence. IT’S WORTH IT!
If you are looking for wedding vendors and products that have a heart for giving back, please check out our BSB Vendor Directory
, over at our BSB Market.
Here are a few examples of ways vendors are helping others with their time, product, &/or profits:
In 2016 our goal is to sponsor another Living Water International water well!
Our team at Glint Events takes time out each month to volunteer at FeedMore in Richmond, VA. Whether it’s packing up lunches in backpacks for kids or assembling meals to be delivered to those in need, we make sure to be there every last Wednesday of the month with our hairnets, aprons, and gloves. We are thankful for all that we have, so we understand the importance of giving our time to make sure others can get what they may not be lucky enough to have. In the world of event planning, it can be easy to get lost in the unnecessary purchases and emotional decisions, so giving back to the community helps to keep us grounded. Not only that, but it’s a nice team-building activity and it gets us out of the office for an afternoon while still doing something meaningful.
We take pride in our community involvement and are always looking for ways to give back. Most recently, we donated candles for a vigil to honor the victims of the San Bernardino tragedy. In addition, we donated candles as of late for a memorial in Hollywood to commemorate John Lennon’s birthday. We’ve also partnered with the Mea’Alofa Autism Support Center, where they use our hydro orbs in sensory classes with children.
Each year in Seattle, we have a group that creates a wedding garage sale so couples have an area location to donate. The proceeds go to Get Hitched Give Hope, which gives money to the Young Survivor Coalition and Dream Foundation. In the past, we have also donated on behalf of our clients to Northwest Harvest, which is a statewide hunger relief agency in Washington.
(Photo Credit: Laura Marchbanks Photo)
With my company (OFD Consulting), we have traded end-of-the-year client gifts for donations to particular charities on behalf of our clients. We select the charities yearly (2-3) and while we have one in particular that we always donate to Prevent A Litter
, and others. This year we have plans to also create a Service Day 1-2x annually with our new team, where we take a (paid) day off to give back locally.
We offer weekly photos at the animal shelter and then quarterly photo booths for charity to help with particular dogs vet bills.
We commit to giving to one organization per month and have a standard giveaway package.
Now that you’ve been inspired by these wedding vendors and products that have a heart for giving back, check out our BSB Vendor Directory
, over at our BSB Market for more amazing examples of others with hearts to help others, as well!