Magazine article Workforce

An Enterprising View of Giving

Magazine article Workforce

An Enterprising View of Giving

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Well Done

The annual United Way donation is a tradition at many companies, as much as open enrollment and performance reviews. But at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the seasonal event has become more human.

In Southern California, Enterprise HR manager Fred Abdelnour launched annual task forces of about 7 to 10 management-track employees. Each committee spends a day at an agency that receives United Way funds, such as a Boys and Girls Club. Members of the committee talk with people who work at the social-service organization, find out how donations are used, and get a feel for the services provided.

Participants get together to discuss their findings, and then talk to people at their branch offices. "You come out with all this excitement and energy, and share that with other employees," says Katie Weber, an assistant manager at Enterprise in Los Angeles who served as a member of a task force. "It makes employees feel more a part of it, that they're really helping."

Weber says the agency visits also reassure employees that most of their contributions are spent on the charitable work and not on administrative expenses. …

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