Why It’s Important (to Sage) to Give Back
Recently, Sage’s Facebook page had a dose of give-back. Part of our philosophy is helping get you what you need, which is why we’re an exclusive buyer’s agency. We’re here as a resource to help you find the home of your dreams that works for every aspect of your life. With that said, we feel it’s only right to give back to the community and animal welfare is a soft spot of ours. So during the month of June, for every new “Like” we received on our Facebook page, we donated $5 to the Delaware County SPCA, which happens to be where Linda rescued her BDF (best dog friend), Spike. We donated close to $2,000 to the “lifesaving” animal shelter to care for the homeless pets that are also waiting for their own dream homes.
It got us thinking how it important it is to give back. And, according to Joe Reynolds, who turned a $5,000 investment in an event production business called Red Frog into a thriving $45 million company in just four years, giving back is good business.
“We volunteer at soup kitchens. We tutor kids. We donate. Not only is helping your community the right thing to do–it’s also good business,” said Reynolds. Red Frog Events was named the 2011 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.
According to Reynolds, there are plenty of reasons businesses should give back, by either building in a social mission to the business—or simply imploring employees to choose causes and volunteer. Here’s why:
1. It feels good. Giving back reminds you of how lucky you are.
2. Relationship building. Through our community involvement we’ve developed quality relationships that have helped us in other ways.
3. Recruitment. People look to work for companies that care.
Here’s what Real Estate & Business Social Enterprises Association (REBSEA), a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit trade association whose primary function and focus is “the needs of the local communities that are not being adequately met by the existing infrastructure” had to say about giving back:
The REBSEA represents and promotes the businesses of those who give back to their communities through their business. More business means more giving back. Check it out:
1) Nonprofits refer their supporters to our network of members who donate to the nonprofit at closing. This is like getting a referral from a nonprofit instead of a realtor. Perhaps an even more trusted source to some.
2) We drive traffic to our website and to our members from socially conscious consumers who prefer to do business with people and companies who give back. These leads and referrals our members handle as they deem appropriate.
3) We are a national network of like minded real estate agents who refer business to each other. We work together to promote social enterprise in our communities.
Here’s to helping homeless pets find homes faster, or whatever you do that helps give back and give meaning to what you do