In honor of National Volunteer Week, we’re showcasing the contributions of small business owners to their community. We conducted the Fourth Annual Community Support Index to gauge the level of involvement small businesses have with local and national charities. We found that 98% of small business owners polled, support locally-based charities versus national charities.
The survey also highlighted the social responsibility of small businesses. When asked why they support local charities, the top two reasons cited by small business owners were to reinvest in their own community and build relationships. Other significant findings included:
- 91% percent of small business owners believe it is important to donate money to charities
- Top two charities supported included children’s charities and health-related causes
- 83% percent of small business owners believe it is important to volunteer time to charities, with 47% of small business owners reporting they gave 16 or more hours within the last 12 months
- 55% of small business owners have donated $1000 or more to charities within the last year
- 49% say they donate resources several times per year; with 20% saying they donate resources several times per month!
Whether they’re donating time, money or resources, small business owners are the first to lend a helping hand. They are your neighbors and they have a vested interest in your community’s well-being. By supporting independent business, you’re making it possible for small businesses to continue to give back to the community. So let’s all do our part and “buy local” whenever possible.
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