Every community has worthy nonprofit organizations that can benefit immensely from the time and talents of teams. Giving back to the community is a meaningful and fun way to build camaraderie in your workplace, while furthering your company’s local and regional visibility.

Time that your team will spend away from their places of work is well worth the tradeoff. An annual tradition of giving that makes sense for your business and your team gives employees something to look forward to every year and inspires a positive, spirited company culture. In addition, your employees will love working for an employer who demonstrates caring within the community.

In meetings where ideas for giving back are discussed, be sure to clearly express the importance of balance between charitable activities and the work that is vital to your business and set clear boundaries between the two. And remember, giving initiatives — like everything else — go even smoother the second and third time around.