In order to accomplish your original goals for your CSR program, get creative! Think of how you can partner with other departments to achieve the same end-goal without increasing costs as significantly. Need to get the word out about your giving campaign? Recruit marketing. Need to properly vet a potential nonprofit partner? Ask your financial experts to look at the 990. Need someone to help spread the word and increase participation across offices? Recruit CSR champions. For many CSR departments, resources are stretched thin. Finding innovative ways and looking for help internally can help reduce your overall ask and increase the likelihood it gets approved.
When your board says they don’t have the budget, don’t stress! Take a look at these tips, remember that you know exactly how to make the case for CSR, and educate your decision-makers about why more funding would be integral to engagement success within your company.