You are part of a workplace giving committee raising funds for farmers in your rural community who have recently been impacted by drought.
Your branch goal was to raise $5,000 between the community and employees, and head office has promised to dollar match the amount raised. You have raised $7,000 – well over and above the target.
The head of the fundraising committee who is your branch manager would like to take the group out for a casual dinner to celebrate, using a small amount of the surplus funds to do so. The time contribution from the group was voluntary and each employee spent a considerable amount of time after hours campaigning in the local community to raise the funds.
You like the idea of the comradery and gesture, but spending fundraised money doesn’t sit well with you. There is no workplace giving policy that stipulates this is breaking any rules or regulations.
What would you do?
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