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Nonprofits worth celebrating: Bonusly's Recommended Rewards Calendar

Written by
Maja Orsic
Maja Orsic

If it feels like there's always something to celebrate at work, that's because there is!

For all our talk about the "Future of Work" here at Bonusly, we find that daily and monthly celebrations help us stay grounded in the present and feel more connected to our colleagues and teammates.

Recognizing and celebrating your team’s racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds can help build psychological safety and employee engagement.

In this post, you'll find links to our best workplace holiday celebration guides so you can plan in advance. You'll also find a month-by-month breakdown of the donation reward options that we'll highlight in the Recommended Rewards section of Bonusly users' home feed each month to correspond with heritage and awareness months.

Screenshot of the Bonusly home feed with a spotlight on the Recommended Rewards section that includes two donation reward options

By and large, the charities listed in the global Bonusly Reward Catalog operate with an American or international mandate or they focus on crisis response. Bonusly's leadership team selected this group of nonprofit organizations with input from our employee-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group and from Bonusly customers, many of whom have written in over the years to request additional donation reward options.

We are committed to leveraging the Bonusly product to support and respond to what's happening in the world. Please note that emergent and current events may impact which donation reward options Bonusly promotes at any given time. The promoted rewards calendar that follows is always subject to change.

January

Lunar New Year always falls on the first new moon of the year on the Gregorian calendar, symbolizing the end of the winter and the beginning of spring. Lunar New Year is a cultural celebration worldwide, thanks to widespread East Asian and Southeast Asian influences and diasporic communities.

To learn more about the traditional celebrations surrounding Lunar New Year and get inspired to celebrate in your own workplace, read 8 Lucky Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year in the Workplace.

February

Black History Month is observed every February in the United States and Canada and every October in the United Kingdom. Check out our blog post 8 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Black History Month at Work to learn more about how Black History Month got started (it used to be a week-long celebration) and find inspiration for celebrating with your colleagues.

Bonusly will promote the following donation reward options during February in recognition of Black History Month: the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and /devcolor. Related nonprofit donation options in the global Bonusly Reward Catalog that Bonusly users can also choose to donate to include the LDF, Black Girls Code, and the NAACP.

March

Women's History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987.

Falling every year on March 8th, International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Read our post 5 Ways to Empower Your Team on International Women's Day for ways to reflect and celebrate.

Bonusly will promote the following donation reward options during March in recognition of Women's History Month: Planned Parenthood and Black Girls Code.

April

World Autism Awareness Day happens on April 2 each year and April is Autism Awareness Month.

April 22 is Earth Day. Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970, and celebrations now include a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org. Check out Bonusly's post 5 Sustainable Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at Work to plan your Earth Day celebrations.

Bonusly will promote the following donation reward options during April in recognition of Autism Awareness Month and Earth Day: Autistic Self Advocacy Network and National Park Foundation.

May

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month.

Read our post, How to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Work, to start planning your workplace celebrations.

Bonusly will promote the following donation reward options during May in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month: Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Related nonprofit donation options in the global Bonusly Reward Catalog that Bonusly users can also choose to donate to include American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

June

June is Pride Month. The purpose of Pride Month in the United States is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. Read our post 3 Actionable Ways to Support LGBTQ+ Employees During Pride Month and Beyond to understand more about how to welcome and celebrate LGBTQ+ folks at work throughout the year.

Bonusly will promote the following donation reward options during June in recognition of Pride Month: The Trevor Project and HRC (Human Rights Campaign)

Related nonprofit donation options in the global Bonusly Reward Catalog that Bonusly users can also choose to donate to include GLAAD and ACLU.

July

July is Disability Pride Month in a growing number of cities and states in America. President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law on July, 26, 1990, a landmark law that prohibited discrimination against people with disabilities.

Bonusly will promote the following donation reward options during July in recognition of Disability Pride Month: the Special Olympics and Humanity & Inclusion.

August

Is there a holiday or history month you want to celebrate with your colleagues in August? Please let us know

September

In the United States, National Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 and runs through October 15. September 15 was chosen as the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month because it coincides with the Independence Day celebrations of five Central American nations: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico also celebrates its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810.

Check out 8 Great Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Work on our blog for ways to celebrate with your team.

Bonusly will promote the following donation reward option between September 15 and October 15 in recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month: LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

Bonusly will also promote the City Year donation reward option in September to mark the traditional start of the school year.

October

Continuing our celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month into October, Bonusly will promote the LatinoJustice PRLDEF donation reward option through October 15.

Diversity Awareness Month is recognized in the month of October. Bonusly will promote the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) donation reward option in October.

November

November is National Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage Month. There are 5.2 million American Indians and Alaskan Natives in the U.S., and it’s very possible your team includes folks with Native heritage. Check out 5 Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at Work to plan your company's observance of this important event.

Bonusly will promote the following donation reward options during November in recognition of Native American Heritage Month: First Nations Development Institute and charity:water.

December

December is Universal Human Rights Month. December is also HIV/AIDS Awareness Month and World AIDS Day falls on December 1.

Bonusly will promote the following donation reward options during December in recognition of Universal Human Rights Month and HIV/AIDS Awareness Month: International Rescue Committee and (RED).

Keep reading

Check out our blog post Donation reward options in the Bonusly Reward Catalog for a list of all the charities Bonusly users can easily support with their Bonusly points. You can always add facilitate charity donations with Bonusly's Custom Reward feature.

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Maja's background in writing, fine art photography, and visual design informs her work for Bonusly. She's motivated to create welcoming digital spaces and make work better for everyone.

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