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Gives Locally - Does your organization donate and/or volunteer for environmental and/or humanitarian organizations within your local community and beyond?
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    GIVE LOCALLY

     

    HOW:  Determine what cause you would like to donate to, i.e: environment, children, health, poverty, arts, disabilities, etc.  Then determine where you would like to contribute i.e., your local community, regionally, nationally, globally or another specific country.  Also determine how you would like to contribute i.e., money only, volunteering only, goods only or a combination of all of those gifts.  Perform an online search using the criteria that you've just established and enjoy the process of learning about the charities you are researching.  Ask to interview the Executive Director of the non-profits that you are considering to get a full sense of what their organization is doing and what the impact of their efforts are.  Ask the organization to share measurable goals of their efforts and how they intend to use your contributions.  Engage your employees and customers in your gift-giving and allow them to contribute and allow them to get to know who the charity and benefactors are of the donations.  To research charities use tools such as Charity Navigator.

     

    WHY:  Giving through donations of cash, goods and/or time generates a win not only for the benefactor and the community it serves, but often also creates exponential progress by setting a precedence for others to give.  Expanding the culture of giving and contributing to society, lends itself to a healthier and more productive society all together.

     

    FINANCIAL BENEFITS OF GIVING:   In addition to tax advantages to donating to non-profit organizations, studies indicate that a company's social and environmental reputation positively impacts their employee retention, market share, reputation in the community and consumer loyalty ... all of which directly relate to reduced expenses, more dependable earnings and increase revenues.


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The Vikings participated in a zero-waste playground build at Crestview Elementary School in Brooklyn Park, MN. All materials from the old playground were reused or recycled and all unused material during the build was also recycled.

We have a green initiative called "Planet Purple". Visit www.vikings.com/outreach/planet-purple.html to read more.

Minnesota Vikings players and staff joined students from Jenny Lind School to plant 133
trees around the school and in Bohannan Park.

Last season, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis Public Schools and Toro also helped plant trees and educate students along with the Vikings.

Vikings country "Green Your Routine" featured simple yet effective ways to save energy and conserve natural resources in everyday life. The Vikings sent emails featuring eco-friendly tips, a public service announcement from Viktor and other ways to "Green Your Routine"

The Vikings players and staff participated in "Carpool Friday"helping to conserve fuel and cutting back on pollution and they encouraged everyone in Vikings country to participate.

Vikings Quarterback Sage Rosenfels was on hand at the Eden Prairie Best Buy helping promote the recycling of used electronics at select Best Buy locations. People were encouraged to drop off their broken or unwanted electronics items (limit of 2 items per person), and the first 100 customers to bring in their items received an autograph and Vikings-branded re-usable shopping bag.

In the 2009-2010 season, the Vikings offset 100% of the electricity used to power the Metrodome for all home games, through the purchase of renewable energy as part of Xcel Energy Windsource program.

During Planet Purple Week, volunteers were at the tailgate lots before the game to recycle plastic bottles.