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Some Companies Give Money through Employee Giving Programs; Other Companies Have Fun Doing It

For many years, Kolcraft, located in Chicago, has been a product donor to K.I.D.S. Its President, Tom Koltun, serves on the K.I.D.S. Board and on its Juvenile Products team.

Wanting to do more for our charity, the employees decided to run a series of events in which they would have fun and generate cash for K.I.D.S.

Employee giving to K.I.D.S. has grown dramatically over the past year with employees collecting funds in honor of a colleague, holding drives, and selling off items.

But, at Kolcraft, the initiative grew into a multi-pronged program that was kicked off with a slide presentation of what K.I.D.S. was all about and followed by a week full of events that involved everyone in the spirit of "giving back."

Said Kim DeMeester, "So far, we've had a bake sale, a pizza lunch, a bean bag toss tournament, and a casino night. Everyone seems to be having a really great time and people already have ideas for next year! So far, we've raised over $7,000 - we even got a donation from our UPS man! We still have a timeshare outside of Disney World to auction off, so I'm hoping we will raise at least $2,000 by the end of the week."

Thank you to the employees of Kolcraft for their ingenuity, initiative and their commitment. And, to Kolcraft for generously agreeing to match what its employees raised, making the total over $4,000!

If you are interested in conducting an employee giving drive or want some ideas on how to do so, please contact Cristina Morais at 212-279-5493 or