In honor of National Volunteer Week, we’re showcasing the contributions of small business owners to their community.We conducted the Second Annual Independent We Stand Community Support Index, to gauge the level of involvement small businesses have with local charities. With more than 600 responses, we found that small businesses contributed 16 percent more resources to charities this year compared to last year.
The survey also highlighted the social responsibility of small businesses. When asked why they support local charities, the number one reason cited by small business owners was to reinvest in their own community. Other significant findings included:
- 89.1 percent of small business owners believe it is important to donate money to charities
- 48 percent of the businesses surveyed have made a donation of $1,000 or more in the last 12 months
- 76.7 percent ofsmall businessdonations go to children’s charities
- 78.8 percent of small business owners believe it is important to volunteer time and support to charities
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 your community’s well-being. By supporting independent business, you’re making it possible for them to continue to give back to the community. So let’s all do our part and “buy local” whenever possible.
We created this infographic to really drive home the results of the survey. To share the poster on Facebook, blogs or email blasts, please right click on the image below and select “View Image” and then “Save Image As” and save to your hard drive. Thanks for helping us spread the word!
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