Deck the halls with the spirit of giving: How to host a building-wide charity drive

Elise Beck
Elise Beck | 2 min. read

Published on December 4, 2014

It’s the season for lights, trees, menorahs, ribbons, bows, snowmen, and animatronic reindeer. But before you commit to crafting an over-the-top holiday display for the common areas of your properties and before you settle into the idea of going full-out scrooge, why not consider something that celebrates the true spirit of the season?

A charity drive is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with your tenants while allowing you to bypass some of the clutter, electricity bills, and potential fire-hazards presented by more traditional holiday decor.

How to host a building-wide charity drive

  • Pick a charity

Local food pantries are always in need of in-kind donations, but there are likely several non-profits in your area seeking non-monetary items like toiletries, blankets, cold weather gear, non-perishable food items, and toys. These in-kind donations make it easier for everyone to get involved regardless of their financial situation. Do some research and pick a charity that makes the most sense for you. Make sure to think through the logistics of delivering the gift to the charity of your choosing.

  • Tell your tenants

Send an email, a mailing, or hang flyers. Tell your tenants about the charity drive and encourage their involvement. Don’t forget to include an end date and a designated collection place.

  • Get festive

Decorate a box, bag, or sleigh to house donated items. You can even create an inexpensive giving tree or wreath. Purchase a simple wreath and decorate it with ornaments or tags that represent the items you’re collecting. Encourage your tenants to take a tag or two and return the items to the designated collection place.


Create your own giving wreath
Create your own giving wreath

Regardless of your exact execution, hosting a charity drive is sure to promote a sense of community and evoke the true spirit of the holidays throughout your properties.

What are some of the other ways you’ve celebrated the holidays with your tenants? Leave us a note in the comments section!

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Elise Beck

Elise thrives on enthusiasm, entrepreneurship, and innovation. She also loves DIY and home improvement projects.

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