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The Anti-Scrooge Spirit: Giving at Grocery Outlet

The holidays are about giving, right?  At Grocery Outlet, charitable giving is one of our core values.  With combined giving forces among store owners and individual employees, we embody the Anti-Scrooge Spirit.  In fact, the owners of local Grocery Outlet stores make it standard operating procedure to give back to the community via local food banks, Habitat for Humanity, school groups, church organizations and more.  They've built a solid reputation as local leaders in the giving department and they want to inspire others to do the same, because it's the season of giving.  And the world doesn't need any more Scrooges.

Last year, individual donations to charities and non-profits took their biggest one-year drop in two decades, dropping 11 percent among the nation's biggest charities. It's no surprise that local charities are in the same boat, so it's more important than ever for people and business owners to think about giving to their local community and channel the Anti-Scrooge Spirit.  Here are some tips for aspiring do-gooders:

Research.  Before making a commitment, make sure the charity will use your money wisely.  Check with the local Chamber of Commerce, or a website that rates charities, including Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org) or the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (give.org).

Passion.  Tap into your passion, expertise and resources to determine the best approach.  For example, if you love animals, volunteer some time at your local animal shelter.  A marketing professional could offer to design and produce a non-profit's quarterly newsletter.  And a grocery store can contribute food to a local food bank.

Focus.  Don't overextend yourself and your business.  It's tempting to support every good cause in the community, but you can make a greater impact by focusing on just a few charities you feel most passionate about.

However you choose to give back, we hope you'll join the Anti-Scrooge Spirit and help make the world a little bit brighter this holiday season and in 2011!

Happy Holideals from everyone at Grocery Outlet!

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