Small Business

Charity Starts at Work


President Bush wants the private sector to tackle social problems. But some entrepreneurs already know that charitable giving can be good business.

CASE IN POINT. Neutral Posture Ergonomics Inc. (NTRL), a Bryan (Tex.) producer of ergonomic chairs, offers its 95 employees matching funds and extra vacation time to support 60 local charities. Why take the trouble? Charitable endeavors make both employees and customers feel better about the company, says CEO Rebecca E. Boenigk, fostering a sense of teamwork.

RESOURCES. Guidestar.org offers information on 700,000 nonprofits and news about philanthropy. Helping.org lets you search for volunteering opportunities by Zip Code. The National Charities Information Bureau (www.give.org) offers a "wise-giving guide." For advice on tax benefits, consult the taxes section of Quicken.com. From the bookshelf: Don't Just Give it Away: How to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving, by Renata J. Rafferty (Chandler House Press, $17.95) tells you what really happens to your charitable dollars. By A href="mailto:naween_mangi@businessweek.com">Naween A. Mangi


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