I'm the boss. Can I ask my employees to give to my favorite charity?

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Sept. 2 2009 9:37 AM

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I'm the boss. Can I ask my employees to give to my favorite charity?

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If your employees seem to have a new request each week, think about finding ways to consolidate their good works. Could you hold a brown bag lunch where people share information about their causes? Or could your office choose one cause that you'd like to focus on as a group? This could be anything from a needy family during the holidays to a local school in September. Just make sure that whatever plan you implement ensures that you applaud the work of those who engage in community work without harassing those who don't feel comfortable (or able) to give.

Do you have another question about giving at work? Please send it to ask.my.goodness@gmail.com and Sandy will try to answer it.

Sandy Stonesifer works on issues related to adolescent girls' health at a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.