Last year, Matrix Group decided not to send out printed holiday cards. Instead, we sent an e-card and donated the money we would have spent on printing and mailing and donated it to several local charities. This year, we’re doing something similar, but with a social media twist.
We’re taking the money we’re saving by not mailing printed cards to our entire list and once again donating it to charity. This year, however, we’re trying to increase the amount that we give away. For every new Facebook fan who “likes” our fan page (the deadline is December 14), we’re adding $10 to the charity pot.
Next, we’re asking our entire network of clients, partners, vendors and supporters to tell us how to give away the money. I polled the staff and asked for recommendations for charities they thought were worthy of a gift. We came up with the following organizations:
- Back On Your Feet
- Capital Area Food Bank
- Doorways for Women and Families
- Goodwill of Greater Washington
- John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents
- The Reading Connection
- The Washington Animal Rescue League
In our Facebook page, we set up a Poll that allows fans to vote for their favorite charity from the list above. So far, we’ve gained over 100 new Facebook fans and nearly two hundred people have voted.
I like this year’s holiday campaign because we’re able to increase the amount of our donation this year, we gain new fans, and we are able to showcase effective and well managed charities in the DC area. It’s also been fun to promote this holiday campaign to our house e-mail list, on our social media pages, and to our network of friends and supporters.
Here’s how you can help:
- “Like” our Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/MatrixGroup
- Vote in our poll
- Spread the word about the campaign to your network of colleagues, friends and family
We’ve got a goal of $5,000. Help us support some terrific charities this holiday season!
P.S. In case you’re wondering, we decided to still mail printed cards to our key client contacts because we were worried about some clients and partners not receiving the e-card because of a firewall or anti-spam software. In the end, we liked the idea of clients receiving something tangible from us and the ability to sign and personalize cards. But instead of mailing nearly 1,000 cards, we’re mailing fewer than 200 cards.