Q: When sending out the corporate Christmas card, is it appropriate for a company to mention that it has made a donation to a charity, even if this donation wasn’t made on behalf of anyone receiving the card?
A: Corporate gifts at holiday time are a time-honored tradition especially to good clients or suppliers. Most often the gift is something physical that the whole office can share and enjoy, such as a box of chocolates or a selection of dried fruit. An alternative is for a company to take its gift budget and use it instead to make a donation to a charity in the names of the firms that would otherwise have received gifts. When a company makes this sort of charitable contribution, it’s acceptable to note it on the card. Typically, such donations are not made on behalf of individuals, but on behalf of all the companies that are receiving the card in lieu of a gift.