Are You Keeping Your Fundraising Cause In Mind?

Fundraising can be a noble thing.  If you have a solid fundraising cause, it can provide great benefit. Raising money to cure or prevent disease, or to help people is great. But here at work, an ongoing fundraising campaign is missing the mark.

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Does your fundraising cause align with your strategy to raise money?

Missed The Mark On Fundraising

Our organization’s main fundraising event is to support a heart health walk.  Teams from different parts of the organizations walk to support heart health.  They raise money with pledges and fundraising activities.

The department in which I work has typically been one of the top teams in terms of raising money. We’re usually in the top three for the whole organization.  It’s pretty cool.

This year they decided they wanted to step it up.  So, in addition to gathering pledges, they’re also raising money by selling snacks.

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11 Tips To Excel At Work This Year

Have you set your goals for 2019 yet?  I’m sure everybody has at least some, right?  Do your goals include any that tie to your career?  Do you really have what it takes to excel at work?

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Truly show up and engage at meetings. This is one way to excel at work this year.

The Importance Of Success At Work

Success at your job is key to a happy and prosperous life, right?  Some will tell you that working less is the key to a longer life.  Others will say working additional years helps you live longer.  Whatever you believe, there’s one thing we can all agree on:  Being happy at work is important.  Happiness can come from being more productive.  Here are some tips to excel at work this year.

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I’ll Be Changing Companies But Not Jobs

Sometime in the next couple of months I’ll be working for a different company.  Yet, I’ll still be coming to the same place, going to the same desk, and performing the same job.  So, what gives?

Our work is being ‘insourced’.

I work for a health care provider.  Sometime in the early-to-mid 2000’s, they outsourced most of their IT functions between two different companies.  One company specialized in the infrastructure (network, servers, PC, phones), and the other was dedicated to the application systems that were used throughout the environment.

I work in infrastructure, and I started here in 2006. I was actually hired by that company in 2007, as it’s their standard practice to hire you first as a contractor before eventually bringing you on.  So, yes, for awhile I was essentially a contractor of a contractor.

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Economies of Scale In The Shared Work Kitchen

As many of you surely do, I take advantage of the free coffee provided by my company in the shared kitchen.

One thing I don’t take advantage of is the powdered creamer.  I realized quite a while ago that:

  • It doesn’t taste good
  • It was probably giving me cancer (seriously, check out the ingredients list on that stuff….)

So, I started bringing in my own half and half.

I’ve noticed, over time, that others have started doing the same thing.  Luckily, we don’t have the problem that many offices have, where stuff gets stolen.  I usually write my name on the carton and I’ve never noticed it getting moved or an amount that would suggest that someone is taking what’s not their.

So, that’s good.

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Raise or 401(k) Match?

A co-worker and I were talking the other day and we started discussing the pros and cons of getting a salary increase versus a 401(k) match.

Our company cut both in 2009 and there’s no shot that we’re getting both raises and reinstatement of the 401(k) match.  Frankly, I’m not convinced that we’ll get either.  We’ll probably find out in the next month or so if there is any benefit increase for 2011, though as I said, I’m not holding my breath.

I’m curious as to what the thoughts are as to which is better.  My co-worker was squarely in the corner of the 401(k) match, as the tax benefits and encouragement to save for retirement outweighed the benefit of having a larger paycheck.

I agree with him on these points, but he went so far as to say that a 1-2% 401(k) match would be more favorable than even a 3% raise.

This is where I’m not convinced.  I figure, even with the tax implications, I could get a 3% raise, dedicate 1% of that to increased contributions in the 401(k) and still end up with probably 1.5% more take home pay.

His argument (and again, it was hard to disagree with him) was that, while he and I would probably dedicate some or all of a raise to a 401(k) match, the majority of people probably wouldn’t, and would just take home the money (and spend it).

What do you think?