by Dennis Huynh
Community Investment Advisor
I could list at least a dozen different practices that can positively affect an organization’s employee giving campaign, but none of those ideas would work if there wasn’t strong support from the top! Deluxe Corporation puts this into practice.
For almost the entire month of October, Deluxe was focused on encouraging its employees to give back. Deluxe held several different activities in order to create awareness about United Way of Salt Lake. It all started with a breakfast that was prepared by the management team, and continued throughout the month with lunches, a cake walk, a bake sale, bingo, toy car races, a raffle drawing, and even a donation drive. Despite busy schedules, Deluxe held nothing back during its campaign.
Such a successful campaign was possible because Deluxe had amazing support from the top. I asked Randy Finley, Director of Manufacturing Operations for the Salt Lake City Facility, why he feels such a strong need to support United Way of Salt Lake. Here is what he had to say:
“I appreciate the incredible efficiency of our United Way of Salt Lake organization. Its purpose and message helps so many in our community though its timely and focused approach. From crisis intervention to education programs for at-risk youth, the United Way makes a huge difference and Deluxe is proud to be a part of its success.”
The campaign would also not have been possible without the help of a fantastic employee campaign manager in Robert Ruiz. On top of his regular tasks as a Lean Engineer, Robert generously took the time to sit and plan the details of the entire campaign with myself and his committee, and he made sure the those plans were executed flawlessly. I asked Robert to share his thoughts on United Way of Salt Lake:
“It has been great to partner with United Way of Salt Lake to provide opportunities for our employees to give back to the local community. We appreciate being presented with a variety of ways to not only help those in need but to learn and grow in the process. This partnership benefits our employees as much as those who are served.”
Thank you Randy and Robert for your shining example, and big thanks to everyone at Deluxe Corporation for your generosity, and for showing us how to LIVE UNITED!